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Links to Information About the Mechanical Engineering Profession

Mechanical engineering is a profession and its practitioners are supported by a broad array of technical, professional, educational organizations:

SAE International Formerly known as the Society of Automotive Engineers, SAE International is a global association of more than 120,000 engineers and related technical experts in the automotive, aerospace and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and standards development.

ASHRAE Founded in 1894, ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, is an international organization of 51,000 persons with a mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technologies to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world. It does so through research, standards writing, publishing, and continuing education. The UofL Mechanical Engineering Department supports an ASHRAE student chapter.

ASME is an international engineering society promoting the art, science and practice of mechanical and multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences around the globe. The organization was founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and is still known unofficially by this name. It fulfills its mission by maintaining an ethich code for professional practice, establishing codes and standards for various mechanical devices, disseminating knowledge via technical journals and monographs published through ASME Press, holding technical conferences, conducting continuing education/professional development workshops and courses, and supporting undergraduate and graduate education of aspiring mechanical engineers through student chapters and design competitions.

Pi Tau Sigma Pi Tau Sigma is the International Mechanical Engineering Honor Society. Members are chosen on a basis of sound engineering ability, scholarship (upper 35%), personality, and probable future success in their chosen field of Mechanical Engineering. There are three grades of membership: Honorary, Graduate, and Active. Honorary members are technical graduates actively engaged in engineering work; or members of mechanical engineering faculties. Graduate membership is conferred upon persons who would have been eligible had Pi Tau Sigma been established earlier in schools not having chapters, or upon those continuing graduate study. Active members are selected from the junior and senior mechanical engineering classes at their respective schools whose mechanical engineering curriculum must be accredited by ABET.

Society for Engineering Mechanics (SEM) The Society for Engineering Mechanics is an international organization of engineers and scientists interested in engineering measurements and test methods. The organization was founded in 1947 as the Society for Experimental Stress Analysis (SESA).

Institution of Mechanical Engineers (ImechE) ImechE is the British equivalent of ASME. Headquartered in London, the organization has 80,000 members and focuses on four principal themes: energy, environment, transport, and education.

ABET, Inc. ABET, Inc., formerly the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, is a non-profit organization that serves the public by accrediting American and international postsecondary degree programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. The ABET, Inc. accreditation process helps assure the quality of such programs by reviewing them relative to a set of rigorous, independent standards. There are over 2,800 programs accredited at over 600 American colleges and universities. The organization was established in 1932 as the Engineers' Council for Professional Development (ECPD). The first group of American engineering programs was reviewed and accredited in 1936. UofL's Mechanical Engineering Department is a charter member of this initial group. Today, the department's combined B.Sc./M.Eng. program is accredited at the ABET, Inc. Advanced Level. The B.Sc. program is currently under review for separate accreditation, which if successful, would leave the department with dual-level accreditation.

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