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Annual meeting, American Society of Civil Engineers
, Deer Park Hotel, Deer Park, MD, 1885.
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Acoustical Society of America
   The premier international society in acoustics, dedicated to increasing and diffusing knowledge of acoustics and its practical applications.

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
   The nonprofit AIAA is the principal society and voice serving the aerospace profession.

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
   The American Institute of Chemical Engineers is a professional association of more than 50,000 members that provides leadership in advancing the chemical engineering profession.

American Nuclear Society
   The American Nuclear Society is a not-for-profit, international, scientific and educational organization. It was established to unify the professional activities within the diverse fields of nuclear science and technology

American Society for Engineering Education
   The American Society for Engineering Education is committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology. This mission is accomplished by promoting excellence in instruction, research, public service, and practice; exercising worldwide leadership; fostering the technological education of society; and providing quality products and services to members.

American Society of Civil Engineers
   Information about ASCE, publications, public policy, history and heritage, career guidance, and research resources.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
   Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, today ASME International is a nonprofit educational and technical organization serving a worldwide membership of 125,000. It conducts one of the world's largest technical publishing operations, holds some 30 technical conferences and 200 professional development courses each year, and sets many industrial and manufacturing standards.

ASM International (formerly the American Society for Metals)
   ASM International is the society for materials engineers, a worldwide network dedicated to advancing industry, technology, and applications of metals and materials. Through the efforts and involvement of its members, ASM develops and distributes timely, reliable technical information through electronic media, publications, conference, training programs, and chapter activities.

American Water Works Association
   The American Water Works Association (AWWA) is an international nonprofit scientific and educational society dedicated to the improvement of drinking water quality and supply. Founded in 1881, AWWA is the largest organization of water supply professionals in the world. Its more than 50,000 members represent the full spectrum of the drinking water community: treatment plant operators and managers, scientists, environmentalists, manufacturers, academicians, regulators, and others who hold genuine interest in water supply and public health. Membership includes more than 4,000 utilities that supply water to roughly 180 million people in North America.

Audio Engineering Society (AES)
   The Audio Engineering Society is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. The AES serves its members, the industry and the public by stimulating and facilitating advances in the constantly changing field of audio. It encourages and disseminates new developments through annual technical meetings and exhibitions of professional equipment, and through the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, the professional archival publication in the audio industry.

Edison Electric Institute
   Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is the association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies, international affiliates and industry associates worldwide. Its U.S. members serve over 90 percent of all customers served by the shareholder-owned segment of the industry. They generate approximately three-quarters of all the electricity generated by electric companies in the country and service about 70 percent of all ultimate customers in the nation. EEI's mission focuses on advocating public policy, expanding market opportunities, and providing strategic business information.

Electric Power Research Institute
   U.S. electric utilities established the Electric Power Research Institute in 1973 as a nonprofit research consortium for the benefit of utility members, their customers, and society.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
   The IEEE is a non-profit, technical professional association of more than 350,000 individual members in 150 countries. Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority in technical areas ranging from computer engineering, biomedical technology and telecommunications, to electric power, aerospace and consumer electronics, among others. Through its technical publishing, conferences, and consensus-based standards activities, the IEEE produces 30 percent of the world's published literature in electrical engineering, computers and control technology, holds annually more than 300 major conferences, and has more than 800 active standards with 700 under development.

Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE)
   The Institution of Electrical Engineers represents the public, professional, and educational interest of over 140,000 electrical, electronic, and manufacturing engineers world-wide. Key activities include publishing, the organization of conferences, the maintenance of technical standards, interaction with government departments and the provision of scientific and technical information services.

Materials Research Society
   The Materials Research Society is a non-profit organization which brings together scientists, engineers and research managers from industry, government, academia and research laboratories to share findings in the research and development of new materials of technological importance.

National Academy of Engineering
   Founded in 1964, the NAE is a private, independent, nonprofit institution. In addition to its role as advisor to the federal government, the NAE also conducts independent studies to examine important topics in engineering and technology. The NAE operates under the same congressional act of incorporation that established the National Academy of Sciences, signed in 1863 by President Lincoln. The NAE is a member of the National Academies, which includes the NAE, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and the National Research Council (NRC), which serves as the principal operating arm of the academies.

National Information Service for Earthquake Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
   Established in 1971 at the University of California, Berkeley, the National Information Service for Earthquake Engineering (NISEE) provides timely access to technical research and development information in earthquake engineering and related fields of structural dynamics, geotechnical engineering, engineering seismology, and earthquake hazard mitigation policy. NISEE is located at the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center. The NISEE project is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the University of California, Berkeley and directed by a voluntary Advisory Committee comprised of representatives of the earthquake engineering community.

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
   The Society of Automotive Engineers is a resource for technical information and expertise used in designing, building, maintaining, and operating self-propelled vehicles for use on land or sea, in air or space.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers
   SME, headquartered in Dearborn, Mich., is the world's leading professional society serving the manufacturing industries. Through its publications, expositions, professional development resources and member programs, SME influences more than 500,000 manufacturing executives, managers and engineers. Founded in 1932, SME has some 60,000 members in 70 countries and supports a network of hundreds of chapters worldwide.

SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
   The Society was founded in 1955 to bring together engineers from several technical disciplines involved in high-speed, optically based test and measurement. Since then, the field of optical engineering has evolved from a multidisciplinary amalgam of physics, electrical and mechanical engineering, and materials science into an identifiable discipline in its own right. Simultaneously, SPIE has grown into a vital international organization that addresses virtually all subfields associated with optics and photonics technologies and their many engineering, scientific, and commercial applications.

Twenty five reasons for joining an association.
   Excerpted from the “NABIE Examiner, vol. 11, no. 2, June 2001.

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