Professional and technical societies provide an excellent networking opportunity for engineering professionals as well as an opportunity to enhance knowledge skill sets within specific disciplines. Typically supporting their communities through scholarships, sponsorships of science and engineering events, and mentoring programs, Virginia’s professional and technical societies also serve as a forum for individual member growth in leadership, organizational, and presentational techniques.
List of Societies
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The Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA)
The mission of A&WMA is to assist in the professional development and critical environmental decision-making of our members to benefit society.
The American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES)
The American Academy of Environmental Engineering and Scientists is a not-for-profit organization serving the Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science professions by providing Board Certification to those who qualify through experience and testing.
The American Concrete and Pavement Association (ACPA)
The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) is the world’s largest trade association that exclusively represents the interests of those involved with the design, construction, and preservation of concrete pavements.
The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) is the voice of America's engineering industry.
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
The AISES mission is to increase substantially the representation of American Indian and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science and other related technology disciplines.
The American Industrial Hygenie Association (AIHA)
The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is the premier association of occupational and environmental health and safety professionals.
The American Insitute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
AIChE is the world's leading organization for chemical engineering professionals.
The American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS)
APICS is the leading professional association for supply chain and operations management and the premier provider of research, education and certification programs that elevate end-to-end supply chain excellence, innovation and resilience.
The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
The American Society for Engineering Education is a nonprofit organization of individuals and institutions committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology.
The American Society for Healthcare Engineers (ASHE)
ASHE is the largest association devoted to optimizing the health care physical environment.
The American Society for Metals International (ASM INT)
ASM International serves material professionals, nontechnical personnel, and managers worldwide by providing high-quality materials information, education and training, networking opportunities, and professional development resources in cost-effective and user-friendly formats.
The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT)
The American Society for Nondestructive Testing, Inc. is the world's largest technical society for nondestructive testing professionals.
The American Society for Quality (ASQ)
ASQ provides the quality community with training, professional certifications, and knowledge to a vast network of members of the global quality community.
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers is an educational and scientific organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
The mission of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is to provide essential value to our members and partners, advance civil engineering, and serve the public good.
The American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC)
The ASCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of concrete contractors and those who build with concrete, and to providing them a unified voice in the construction industry.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
ASHRAE is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment.
The American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE)
The mission of ASHE is to provide a forum for members and partners of the highway industry to promote a safe, efficient and sustainable highway system through education, innovation and fellowship.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ASME enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines, toward a goal of helping the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods.
The American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE)
Society membership is drawn from a broad spectrum of military and civilian professionals and students, engaged in or associated with the many facets of naval engineering.
The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE)
The American Society of Plumbing Engineers is the international organization for professionals skilled in the design, specification and inspection of plumbing systems.
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
Founded in 1911, ASSE is the oldest and largest professional safety organization.
The American Welding Society (AWS)
The mission of the American Welding Society is to advance the science, technology and application of welding and allied joining and cutting processes worldwide, including brazing, soldering and thermal spraying.
The Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE)
AFE's mission is to provide education, certification, technical information and other relevant resources to plant and facility engineering, operation and maintenance professionals worldwide.
The Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE)
The members of AACE enable organizations around the world to achieve their investment expectations by managing and controlling projects, programs, and portfolios.
The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)
The mission of AEE is to promote the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for sustainable development.
The Audio Engineering Society (AES)
The Audio Engineering Society is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology.
The Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
BMES is the full service professional society for Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering.
The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
The mission of CSI is to advance building information management and education of project teams to improve facility performance.
The purpose of the GBA is to help geoprofessionals maximize their importance and value to the marketplace, achieve business excellence, and manage risk.
The Health Physics Society (HPS)
The Health Physics Society is a professional organization whose mission is excellence in the science and practice of radiation safety.
The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
The IES seeks to improve the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and by translating that knowledge into actions that benefit the public.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
IEEE's core purpose is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.
IISE is the world’s largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial engineering profession.
The Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)
IIE is the world’s largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial engineering profession and individuals involved with improving quality and productivity.
The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)
The Institute of Transportation Engineers is an international educational and scientific association of transportation professionals who are responsible for meeting mobility and safety needs.
The International Ecological Engineering Society (IEES)
The IEES provides a common forum for diverse persons and groups involved in ecological engineering projects.
The International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)
SPIE is an international society advancing an interdisciplinary approach to the science and application of light.
The International Society of Automation (ISA)
Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation is a leading, global, nonprofit organization with more than 30,000 members worldwide.
The National Association for Surface Finishing (NASF)
NASF represents the interests of businesses, technologists and professionals in the surface coatings industry.
The National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE International)
NACE International, The Worldwide Corrosion Authority, is recognized globally as the premier authority for corrosion control solutions.
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
NSBE's mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.
The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE)
NSPE is the recognized voice and advocate of licensed Professional Engineers.
The Richmond Area Program for Minorities in Engineering (RAPME)
RAPME seeks to increase the number of minority engineering and technology students and graduates.
The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)
To provide education and support to the engineering components of the military and uniformed services and other federal, state and local government agencies responsible for the nation’s infrastructure, and to advance the partnership between government and the architecture, engineering and construction industry in the interest of national security.
The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE)
The purpose of the Society is to advance the science and practice of fire protection engineering and its allied fields.
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
SHPE is a national organization of professional engineers serving as role models in the Hispanic community.
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
SME is uniquely dedicated to advancing manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skill needs for industry.
The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
SPE is the largest individual-member organization serving managers, engineers, scientists and other professionals worldwide in the upstream segment of the oil and gas industry.
The Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE)
STLE is the premier technical society serving the needs of more than 10,000 individuals and 150 companies and organizations that comprise the tribology and lubrication engineering business sector.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women.
Established in 1936, VSPE is the only dedicated professional organization that represents and protects the rights of Professional Engineers before the state licensing board and the Virginia General Assembly.