FW: SME & ASME Explore Merger

From: Karl Denton (karldenton@ameritech.net)
Date: Tue Mar 23 1999 - 02:18:03 EET

Why does this kind of scare me?

These two entities are very different and I'd hate to see one take over the
other. Collaboration is one thing but merger says to me that one or the
other will have to give up identity and I'm not sure that will ultimately
serve the needs of nor benefit their members.

Just a bit more food for thought!

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Subject: SME & ASME Explore Merger

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                June Scangarello
                ASME Public Relations


NEW YORK & DEARBORN, Mich. - March 22, 1999 - The American Society of
Mechanical Engineers (ASME International) and the Society of Manufacturing
Engineers (SME) have announced their intention to explore closer
collaboration and a potential merger. The governing boards of both
organizations agreed to this objective at their meetings in March. The
joint announcement was issued by SME President Cecil W. Schneider and ASME
President Winfred M. Phillips.
The objective of an ultimate merger of SME and ASME would be to advance
their educational missions and provide enhanced services to their individual
members. A merger would create a single, unified organization that would
better serve the entire range of professional needs and would be
increasingly responsive to the rapidly changing environment in which the
members live and work. This merger of two successful societies is designed
to preserve the rich traditions of each and realize the advantages to the
profession of an organization which serves the technical interests of its
members and customers in research, design, and manufacturing.
Both ASME and SME have a long and distinguished history of service to the
engineering profession through a comprehensive array of programs and
services designed to improve the competence of their members and the
engineering community at large. The new organization will be better
positioned to serve that community and a combined membership of nearly
200,000 engineering professionals. A Blue Ribbon Committee, with membership
from both societies, has examined the top level governance structures of
both organizations, and concluded that a single structure could be designed
that would be mutually acceptable. SME, established in 1932, has as its
mission to serve its members and the international manufacturing community
through the advancement of professionalism, knowledge and learning.
Headquartered in Dearborn, Mich., SME has some 65,000 members.
ASME, established in 1880, has as its mission to promote and enhance the
technical competency and professional well-being of its members, and through
quality programs and activities, in mechanical engineering, better enable
its practitioners to contribute to the well-being of mankind. Headquartered
in New York City, ASME has some 125,000 members.
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SME background information and news releases can be accessed on the SME Home
Page at www.sme.org. ASME background information can be accessed on the
ASME Home Page at www.asme.org.

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