The history of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers ) in Singapore began when the first member from Singapore joined ASHRAE in 1955. However, this pales the history of ASHRAE as it was originally founded in 1894 when the American Society of Heating & Ventilating Engineers was first chartered. The American Society of Refrigerating Engineers was chartered in 1904 and in 1959 the two societies merged to form ASHRAE. Over the years, the number of ASHRAE members in Singapore grew and at present there are about 388 assigned members and 199 student members. From these members, there are about 174 who joined the Singapore Association of ASHRAE Members, (SAAM) also know as ASHRAE Singapore Chapter.