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ASME and SEM Form Joint Membership Venture
May 5, 2005

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM) have signed a memorandum of understanding that paves the way for the two engineering organizations to commence a strategic partnership which includes joint membership priviledges and support of the mutual goals of both groups.

ASME and SEM will partner in sharing opportunities to both broaden and improve membership benefits while offering their respective members an expanded range of professional development opportunities and academic pursuits.

“We are excited by the opportunity to build a closer relationship with ASME,” said Tom Proulx, SEM executive director. “We believe that such arrangements offer additional value for members as well as the potential for increased cooperative efforts in the future.”

According to the memorandum of understanding, joint membership would be offered to members of both SEM and ASME at a discounted rate.

“The joint membership agreement with SEM will help to broaden our ability to serve the engineering community by creating new networking opportunities and by the exchange of knowledge-based programs that will benefit a multidisciplinary engineering profession,” said Virgil Carter, ASME executive director.

Additionally, ASME and SEM will seek opportunities to provide and promote jointly sponsored workshops, technical and professional development programs, and educational and student activities at their respective conferences, seminars and forums.

“As we strengthen new and existing partnerships and alliances, ASME continues to enhance the technical competency and professional well-being of tis members and those within the engineering and technology community,” added Mr. Carter.

The Society for Experimental Mechanics, originally called the Society for Experimental Stress Analysis, was founded in 1943 as a nonprofit scientific and educational organization with the original goal to “further the knowledge of stress and strain analysis and related technologies.” In the years since its founding, SEM has continued to adapt itself to the needs of the members in the experimental mechanics community.

Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, today’s ASME is a 120,000 member professional organization focused on technical, educational and research issues of the worldwide engineering and technology community. This year, ASME celebrates 125 years of continued service and leadership — setting the standard — for professional engineering societies worldwide.

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