ASCE Membership

P. 17-18, ASCE Year Book 2011
Article 2. Membership
2.0 Definitions.
2.0.1 Substantially Equivalent. Programs accredited by non-US countries utilizing criteria recognized by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as comparable and whose graduates are judged acceptable for entry into the practice of engineering at the professional level.


2.0.2 Licensure. A citizen of the United States, if working in the United States, must be licensed in the United States as an engineer or surveyor to fulfill the licensure requirements for any membership grade. Licensure in other countries equivalent to licensure in the United States and its territories shall satisfy the licensure requirements for any membership grade.

2.0.3 Responsible Charge of Work.
2.0.3.1 Member. The standard required for admission to the Society’s grade of Member means definite responsibility for engineering work of substantial importance. In the field, the applicant must have had the direction of work, the successful accomplishment of which rested upon the applicant, where the applicant had to decide questions of methods of execution and suitability of materials, without relying upon advice or instructions from the applicant’s superior, and of supplying deficiencies in plans or correcting errors in design without referring them to higher authority for approval, except in cases where such approval is a mere matter of form. In the office, the applicant must have had to undertake investigations to carry out important assignments demanding resourcefulness and originality; or to make plans, write specifications and direct the drafting and computations for designs of engineering work, with only rough sketches, general information and field measurements for reference and guidance. In engineering teaching, the applicant must have taught in an engineering school of recognized standing, and must have had at least a grade of assistant professor or its equivalent.

2.1 Membership Grades and Qualifications. Any person who possesses the qualifications for membership as prescribed in Bylaws Article 2.1 may apply for admission or advancement. A member shall only hold one (1) membership grade. The Board of Direction may provide for the waiver of qualifications for membership, except in the grades of Distinguished Member and President-Emeritus.

2.1.1 Student Member. To be eligible for the grade of Student Member, an individual shall:
Criterion 1: be a member of a Society-recognized student organization at the school where enrolled, and be enrolled at least half-time; OR
Criterion 2: be enrolled at a school which is eligible to have an ASCE recognized student organization but currently does not have such an organization, and be enrolled at least half-time; OR
Criterion 3: be a current member in an equivalent grade of an engineering society with which the Society has a current reciprocal membership agreement.

2.1.2 Affiliate Member. To be eligible for the grade of Affiliate Member, an individual shall:
Criterion 1: have an interest in advancing the purpose and objectives of the Society AND not be eligible for the Student Member grade.

2.1.3 Associate Member. To be eligible for the grade of Associate Member, an individual shall:
Criterion 1: have been graduated with a bachelor’s degree from an ABET/EAC-accredited or Substantially Equivalent civil or Related Engineering Program; OR
Criterion 2: a) have been graduated with a bachelor’s degree from a non-ABET/EAC four (or more) year curriculum acceptable to the Membership Application Review Committee in engineering, engineering technology, or related science, AND EITHER b) be a certified engineer-in-training or surveyor-in-training in the United States or in the country in which they reside (if such certification is available) OR c) if certification is not available in the country in which they reside, provide three (3) references; OR
Criterion 3: have been graduated with a graduate degree in civil engineering from a school having an ABET/EAC-accredited or substantially equivalent civil engineering program; OR
Criterion 4: be a U.S. licensed Professional Engineer or Professional Surveyor; OR
Criterion 5: be a current member in an equivalent grade of an engineering society with which the Society has a current reciprocal membership agreement.

2.1.4 Member. To be eligible for the grade of Member, an individual shall:
Criterion 1: a) have been graduated with a bachelor’s degree from an ABET/EAC-accredited or Substantially Equivalent civil or Related Engineering Program, AND EITHER b) subsequent to graduation have had responsible charge of engineering work for not less than five (5) years AND three (3) references at least one (1) of which shall be from a Member, Fellow, or Distinguished Member of the Society, OR c) be a licensed Professional Engineer or Professional Surveyor in the United States or in the country in which they reside (if such licensure is available); OR

Criterion 2: a) have been graduated with a bachelor’s degree from a non-ABET/EAC four (or more) year curriculum acceptable to the Membership Application Review Committee in engineering, engineering technology, or related science, AND b) subsequent to graduation have had responsible charge of engineering work for not less than five (5) years, AND c) be a licensed Professional Engineer or Professional Surveyor in the United States or in the country in which they reside (if such licensure is available); OR

Criterion 3: a) have been graduated with a master’s degree in civil engineering from a school having an ABET/EAC-accredited or Substantially Equivalent civil engineering program, AND EITHER b) subsequent to graduation have had responsible charge of engineering work for not less than four (4) years AND c) provide three (3) references at least one (1) of which shall be from a Member, Fellow, or Distinguished Member of the Society OR d) be a licensed Professional Engineer or Professional Surveyor in the United States or in the country in which they reside (if such licensure is available); OR

Criterion 4: a) have been graduated with a doctorate degree in civil engineering from a school having an ABET/EAC-accredited or Substantially Equivalent civil engineering program AND EITHER b) subsequent to graduation have had responsible charge of engineering work for not less than three (3) years AND c) provide three (3) references at least one (1) of which shall be from a Member, Fellow, or Distinguished Member of the Society OR d) be a licensed Professional Engineer or Professional Surveyor in the United States or in the country in which they reside (if such licensure is available); OR

Criterion 5: a) be a licensed Professional Engineer or Professional Surveyor in the United States or in the country in which they reside (if such licensure is available) AND b) subsequent to licensure have had responsible charge of engineering work for at least ten (10) years, AND c) provide three (3) references at least one (1) of which shall be from a Member, Fellow, or Distinguished Member of the Society; OR

Criterion 6: be a current member in an equivalent grade of an engineering society with which the Society has a current reciprocal membership agreement.

2.1.5 Fellow. There is no direct admission to the grade of Fellow. To be eligible for the grade of Fellow, an individual shall:

Criterion 1: a) advance from the grade of Member, AND b) be a licensed Professional Engineer or Professional Surveyor, in the United States or in the country in which the Member resides (if such licensure is available), AND c) provide three (3) references from Society members (at least two (2) references must be from Society Fellows), AND d) be nominated by an Organizational Entity of the Society, AND EITHER e) have had responsible charge for not less than ten (10) years, in the grade of Member, of important work in civil or related engineering or surveying and be qualified to direct, conceive, plan, or design engineering works; OR f) have had responsible charge for not less than ten (10) years, in the grade of Member, of important industrial, business, construction, editorial, or engineering society activity, requiring the knowledge and background gained from civil or related engineering training and experience, OR g) have provided leadership for a period of not less than ten (10) years in the grade of Member in educational or research activity related to the field of civil engineering

A Group may be established at any university with the following qualifications:

• Institution has a baccalaureate degree program in Civil Engineering or Civil Engineering Technology;
• Institution has at least one (1) full-time faculty member who is an ASCE Fellow, Member, or Associate Member and who agrees to serve as faculty advisor;
• Endorsement of the application by the Civil Engineering department head or equivalent;
• Endorsement of the application by official action of the ASCE Section or Group in whose jurisdiction the institution is located;
• Completion of one year of successful operation under the effective guidance of the ASCE members in whose jurisdiction the institution is located;
• Existing organized group of students has a minimum membership of 12 undergraduate and/or graduate students (at least half-time) in a program of Civil Engineering, Civil Engineering Technology, or related engineering or technology (Construction, Environmental, or Surveying).
• Qualified schools must submit an application to establish an ASCE International Student Group and attain the official vote of the Committee on Student Activities, the Educational Activities Committee and the ASCE Board of Direction. A copy of the application document is attached.
• Student members may join and belong to ASCE for free while they remain students; there is a $25.00 fee per year for the student group as a whole

If you believe that your university meets the criteria for formation and that this is what you are able to organize, please let me know.

When you are ready to complete the application process, after one year of operation as a student group within your university, complete the attached application forms and send it to me. Make sure that during the year that you document all of the things you have accomplished as a potential group.

One of the first things to do is to have those students who are interested join ASCE. They can do this easily online. This membership is free for all students, and lasts as long as they are students. They just need to sign in each year and renew their membership each year. I am sending you a student application card that you can use for those students who do not have access to the website. Have them complete these and send them to me. We will enter their details here. A minimum of twelve students are needed to form an ISG. Let me know when you have the minimum number joined.

You then need to form a leadership committee within the students who have joined who will lead the efforts of the students to organize functions and interesting things for the students to undertake and learn from. You will need the following officers for the group –

• A student group President
• A student group Vice-president
• A student group secretary
• A student group treasurer

These officers need to be elected from the group members. Attached is a description of the Student officer functions. They must all be student members of ASCE.

The kind of things that Student Groups do are –
• Host lectures by respected engineers in their area
• Work with local schools to explain to children what engineers do
• Hold competitions like steel bridge competitions
• Work with Engineers Without Borders assist communities in their particular needs
• Learn how to conduct meetings and make presentations to clients
• Have seminars on how to prepare a biographical statement for a job interview
• Have seminars on how to prepare for job interviews

Once you have a group of students who have joined then the work starts at actually forming them into a group. Remember that you will need to operate for one year and demonstrate this to ASCE through your recorded activities over the year before you are able to complete the application and send this in to ASCE.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Narcy Ibanez
Senior Coordinator
International Relations Department
American Society of Civil Engineers
1801 Alexander Bell Drive
Reston, VA 20191-4400
Phone: 703-295-6287
Fax: 703-295-6319
Toll Free: 800-548-2723 ext. 6287
Email: nibanez@asce.org
http://www.asce.org

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