What professional societies are you a member of? ... and why?

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Are you a member of any professional societies (e.g. ASCE, IEEE, NSBE, SWE, etc)?

Which ones? Why are you a member? How much do you participate? What benefits do you get from your membership and participation?

 

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I feel like I should join a professional society. I haven't been a member of any since I've been in college. My work will pay for it, but I can't decide which to join. I'm trying to figure out which one and if it's worth it.

I wish there was an FEA and computer simulation focused professional organization. I know NAFEMS exists, but (1) they don't offer individual memberships only company/organization membership and (2) they definitely have a European focus. I'm not sure how active they are in the US.

 
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I'm in ASHRAE because 1. my employer pays for the membership and 2. I actually use their handbooks (plus they look fancy on my bookshelf).

For the kind of work I'm involved in, ASME wasn't 100% relevant to my work and my local ASHRAE chapter is much more active. Maybe ASME might be a better fit for you?

 
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Apparently being in a "professional association" counts for 1 hour of continuing education... up to 3 per two-year renewal.

 
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I'm a member of IEEE and have been since 2008 ish? 

I started in college since the student chapter paid half of the fee - so I only had to pay 16$ lol.

And having student members be actual card carrying members of IEEE was the only way the department would give us money.

[Though come to find out, we should have been requesting money from the Green Mountain section and getting support that way. BUT I DIGRESS].

I held leadership positions in the student chapter and almost every year as a professional as well. 

I've been secretary, treasurer, PACE, member-at-large for either the section as a whole, an affinity group, or a technical society. 

I've stepped back from being involved with the overall section and I'm focusing on my technical society.

My company pays for my membership and they're a lot more likely to send me to conferences as I'm in leadership roles. Plus it's networking with folks in my industry. 

 

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NSPE mostly for the 15 "free" PDHs that come with membership.  I'm not active and don't particularly care for networking.

 

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NAFI - National Association of Fire Investigators.

Because they are responsible for the CFEI (Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator) credential that is pretty important to my job.

 

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American Welding Society, I am on a couple of technical committees and am vice chair of one.  It allows me to stay engaged in a lot of formal inquiries and writing of new code rules, which benefits my current job/employer and gives the opportunity to genuinely fix stuff that is screwed up for future editions.  Lots of industry contacts in a very niche field, too.

 

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Thanks for the feedback everyone. I genuinely appreciate the info and perspectives.

 
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Is it 15 specific seminars, or you get to pick 15 from a full catalog? I wouldn't want to take something irrelevant to my work (e.g. building codes or something)

 

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Is it 15 specific seminars, or you get to pick 15 from a full catalog? I wouldn't want to take something irrelevant to my work (e.g. building codes or something)
go to the website and click that light blue link - it lists some of the available courses (some of which surprisingly are accepted by NYS)

 

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Are you a member of any professional societies (e.g. ASCE, IEEE, NSBE, SWE, etc)?

Which ones? Why are you a member? How much do you participate? What benefits do you get from your membership and participation?
SWE and ASCE, although I just let my ASCE membership lapse, because it happens over the holidays.  I was very active in SWE until this year, I have been on the board pretty much my entire engineering career, and really, even before.  I have held all positions in out local section.  ASCE asked me this year if I would consider being on the board since i had completed my SWE obligation, but I had to take break this year.  

I am a co-chair for a conference that our local ASCE/SAME sections put on every year, so that is some involvement I suppose.   :)

My company will pay for one technical, one civic and one professional society membership.  So I do ASCE as my professional and SWE as my civic (it's a stretch, but they don't question it. I have not picked a technical, as a lot of them the company is a member of.

 
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Note:  My company pays of all my annual fees, chapter meetings costs, annual conference fees.

NSPE - I go to the lunch meetings for CEU's that are five minutes from the office.

PMI (Project Management Institute)  - I am kind of a Project Management geek and the restaurant where they hold their lunch meetings is good and fairly close by.  I enjoyed the local Symposium that I attended for the first time last year.

USGBC (US Green Building Council) - Corporate membership.  I am not involved locally, but I can get my LEED specific CEU's for free and have been to Greenbuild a couple of times (can get too political at times though).

ULI (Urban Land Institute) - have been to a couple local meetings and national conventions, but not recently.

MBI (Modular Building Institute).  My old boss asked me to join, but have not been involved in anything yet.

 
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PMI (Project Management Institute) - I'm a PMP and I like the resources (e.g. webinars, books)

AAAE (American Association of Airport Executives) - I do executive stuff at airports.

CMAA (Construction Management Association of America) - I have a CCM. This org also helps me to maintain my credential and to stay on top of cool innovations in construction.

WTS (Women's Transportation Seminar) - I love the community work we do to introduce young women to transportation engineering.

 

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