Professional Societies and Organizations

ABET
ABET, Inc., the recognized accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology, is a federation of 29 professional and technical societies representing these fields. Among the most respected accreditation organizations in the U.S., ABET has provided leadership and quality assurance in higher education for over 75 years. ABET currently accredits some 2,800 programs at more than 600 colleges and universities nationwide. Over 1,500 dedicated volunteers participate annually in ABET activities.
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Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)
The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) is a group of over 4,000 air conditioning contractors who work together to improve our industry, promote good practices, and keep homes and buildings safe, clean and comfortable.
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Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is the trade association representing manufacturers of air conditioning, heating and commercial refrigeration equipment. AHRI’s 350+ member companies account for more than 90 percent of the residential and commercial air conditioning, space heating, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment manufactured and sold in North America. AHRI administers the EPA Refrigerant Handler’s Certification program.
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American Council for Construction Education (ACCE)
The American Council for Construction Education is an advocate of quality construction education programs. Through promotion and continued improvement of postsecondary construction education, ACCE accredits construction education programs in colleges and universities that request its evaluation and meet its standards and criteria. ACCE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as the accrediting agency for four year baccalaureate degree programs in construction, construction science, construction management, and construction technology, and as the accrediting agency for two year associate-degree programs of a like nature.
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The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Based in Washington, D.C., the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since 1857. Today, the organization has over 83,000 members.
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American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
Founded in 1893, the American Society for Engineering Education is a nonprofit organization of individuals and institutions committed to furthering education in engineering and engineering technology.
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American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers advances the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world. Membership is open to any person associated with the field including indoor air quality, building design and operation, and environmental control for food processing and industry.
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The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE)
The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) is the international organization for professionals skilled in the design, specification and inspection of plumbing systems. ASPE is dedicated to the advancement of the science of plumbing engineering, to the professional growth and advancement of its members and the health, welfare and safety of the public. ASPE was founded in 1964 and currently has 6,500 members.
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American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC)
The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges was founded in 1974 and is the only organization exclusively devoted to providing a national forum for the improvement of mathematics instruction in the first two years of college.
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American Mathematical Society (AMS)
The American Mathematical Society was founded in 1888 to further the intersts of mathematics research and scholarship, and serves the national and international community through its meetings, publications, advocacy, and other programs.
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American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
The American Society of Civil Engineers, a professional organization representing more than 123,000 civil engineers, celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2002. The twelve Founders gathered at the Croton Aqueduct on November 5, 1852 and agreed to incorporate the American Society of Civil Engineers and Architects. With a mission to advance professional knowledge and improve the practice of civil engineering, ASCE is a focal point for the development and transfer of research results and technical policy and managerial information.
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American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, today's ASME promotes the art, science & practice of mechanical & multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences around the globe.
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The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)
The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture is a nonprofit, membership association founded in 1912 to advance the quality of architectural education. The school membership in ACSA has grown from 10 charter members to over 250 schools. ACSA provides a forum for ideas on the leading edge of architectural thought. Issues that will affect the architectural profession in the future are being examined today in ACSA members schools.
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The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)

The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) is a nonprofit professional society of 9,500 members in 73 countries. 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.”

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The Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)  
ATMAE is faculty, students, and industry professionals dedicated to solving complex technological problems and developing the competitive technologist and applied engineering workforce.  
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The Building Commissioning Association (BCA)

The Building Commissioning Association's goal is to achieve high professional standards, while allowing for the diverse and creative approaches to building commissioning that benefit our profession and its clients. For this reason, the BCA focuses on identifying critical commissioning attributes and elements, rather than attempting to dictate a rigid commissioning process.  

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The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)
The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) is a national association dedicated to creating standards and formats to improve construction documents and project delivery. The organization is unique in the industry in that its members are a cross section of specifiers, architects, engineers, contractors and building materials suppliers. The organization has 146 chapters and more than 15,000 members.
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IEEE
Started in 1884 as a small organization became IRE in 1912, and today IEEE is the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology, a non-profit organization. The IEEE name was originally an acronym for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. Today, the organization's scope of interest has expanded into so many related fields, that it is simply referred to by the letters I-E-E-E (pronounced Eye-triple-E).
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Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America 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 IES is composed of a diverse membership, all with an interest in and a dedication to good lighting. 25% of the membership is involved in manufacturing (lamps, sources, luminaires, accessories); another 25% is composed of lighting designers and architects. The remaining 50% is composed of consultants, electrical and building contractors, distributors, and wholesalers, individuals working in affiliated lighting fields, those working for utilities and energy services, and people in government and education.
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International Association of Journals and Conferences (IAJC)

IAJC is a first-of-kind, exclusive, global, multilayered umbrella consortium for academic journals, conferences, organizations, and individuals committed to advancing excellence in all aspects of technology related education.
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International Code Council (ICC)
The International Code Council, a membership association dedicated to building safety and fire prevention, develops the codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools. Most U.S. cities, counties and states that adopt codes choose the International Codes developed by the International Code Council.
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International Facility Management Association (IFMA)

The International Facility Management Association is the world’s largest and most widely recognized international association for professional facility managers, supporting more than 19,000 members in 60 countries. The association’s members, represented in 125 chapters and 15 councils worldwide, manage more than 37 billion square feet of property and annually purchase more than $100 billion in products and services. Formed in 1980, IFMA certifies facility managers, conducts research, provides educational programs, recognizes facility management degree and certificate programs and produces World Workplace, the world’s largest facility management conference and exposition.  

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ISA
Founded in 1945, ISA is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts the largest conference and exhibition for automation professionals in the Western Hemisphere. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation.
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The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is a public voice of mathematics education, providing vision, leadership and professional development to support teachers in ensuring equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students.
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The National Science Foundation (NSF)
The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" With an annual budget of about $6.06 billion, they are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.
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National Society of Professional Engineers
The National Society of Professional Engineers is a voluntary organization of Professional Engineers whose primary role is to promote the profession of engineering and the value of engineering licensure, as well as to monitor legislation or actions that could affect an engineer’s ability to practice.
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Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio
Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio (PLSO) was founded to: Protect and benefit the general public through the development of principles of practice conforming to recognized ethical codes and standards; guide the Professional Surveyor to practice the profession in accordance with the Surveyor's Pledge; protect the inherent rights of those engaged in the profession and promote the advancement of professional surveying.
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Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
Project Lead The Way is a national not-for-profit educational program that helps give middle and high school students the rigorous ground-level education they need to develop strong backgrounds in science and engineering. Launched in 1996 as a springboard for enhanced technology education, through generous grants and hard work, the program was founded as an independent not-for-profit organization by 1997. Many PLTW courses taken by high school students can be applied towards two and four year college degrees.
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SAE International
SAE International is a resource for standards development, events, and technical information and expertise used in designing, building, maintaining and operating self-propelled vehicles for use on land or sea, in air or space.
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Society of Women Engineers
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Tau Alpha Pi
Tau Alpha Pi is the national honor society for engineering technology. Founded in 1953 and managed for more than 30 years by engineering technology educator Frederick J. Berger, Tau Alpha Pi is open to both associate-degree and baccalaureate candidates.
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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
The U.S. Green Building Council is a non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation. Its mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.
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