New Umbrella Society for Engineering is Taking Shape

by Kneeland A. Godfrey, Jr., (M.ASCE), Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1979, Vol. 49, Issue 5, Pg. 57-64

Document Type: Feature article


If all goes as planned (and the prognosis is good), 1980 will see the start of operation of a new umbrella society in engineering. The joint creation of many engineering specialty societies including ASCE, it will be named American Engineering Council. In a sense a rebirth of an existing umbrella, the Engineers Joint Council, it will be much more—combining functions of that group plus the Engineers Council for Professional Development (college curriculum accreditor) and ACE (the Association for Cooperation in Engineering), an ad hoc group formed a few years ago to provide a forum for re-uniting societies once in the EJC. Here are highlights in the checkered history of engineering umbrella societies, a creation-of-AEC progress report, and discussion of a function (liaison with government) that the new umbrella may tackle more aggressively.

Subject Headings: Engineering history | Joints | Professional development | Colleges and universities | Curricula | Accreditation | Team building | Government

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