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Name of Creator:American Society for Engineering Education.
Title:American Society for Engineering Education records
Date:1944-2002 (bulk 1960-1992)
Reference Code:M63
Location Code:65/2, 64/4, 55/3
Extent:16.20 cubic ft. (19 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:Records of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) span 1944-2001 (bulk dates, 1960-1992). The collection concerns the growing need for engineering and technical education in the United States and documents the components of the American Society for Engineering Education concerned with engineering technology institutes, engineering technology curricular issues, industrial and cooperative education, and engineering libraries. It includes records of the Engineering Technology Council, the Engineering Technology Leadership Institute, and the Engineering Technology Division. It also includes the correspondence of Donald Metz, Robert Wear, and Ray Sisson during their tenure as officers within the American Society for Engineering Education. Also documented is the struggle to initiate a structured curriculum within the colleges and universities that offered engineering and technical studies.
Historical Abstract:The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) is a nonprofit organization of individuals, institutions, and companies dedicated to improving all aspects of engineering education. At present, the American Society for Engineering Education has over 40 councils, divisions, and committees spanning a variety of regions, engineering disciplines, and interests. It was founded in 1893 as the Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education (SPEE). One of many areas in which this organization was active was in the development and standardization of engineering technology education. In 1931, the Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education sponsored a study of technical engineering institutes, and in 1941 established the Technical Institute Division (TID) as a resource for engineering technology educators. The Technical Institute Division had a close relationship with the Engineers' Council for Professional Development (ECPD), which established the first accreditation procedures for two-year engineering technology programs in 1945 and accredited the first associate engineering technology program in 1946. In 1946, the Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education was reorganized as the American Society for Engineering Education. At this time, the Technical Institute Division gained a representative on the American Society for Engineering Education's Executive Council. Between 1946 and 1962, the Technical Institute Division was led by the Committee of 21, which included representatives from proprietary, private, and public technical institutes. In 1962, the Committee of 21 was replaced by the Technical Institute Council (TIC), which included representatives from institutions accredited by the Engineers' Council for Professional Development. The Technical Institute Division became the Engineering Technology Division (ETD) in 1971, and the Technical Institute Council became the Engineering Technology Council (ETC) in 1987.
System of Arrangement:Organized into 9 series: 1. American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE); 2. Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration; 3. Engineering Libraries Division; 4. Engineering Technology Council; 5. Engineering Technology Leadership Institute; 6. Engineering Technology Division; 7. Donald C. Metz; 8. Robert J. Wear; and 9. Ray L. Sisson
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Hartung, Walter M.
  • Johnson, Lawrence V.
  • Mazzola, Michael C.
  • McCollick, Hugh E.
  • McNelly, George W.
  • Metz, Donald C.
  • Purvine, Winston D.
  • Sisson, Ray L.
  • Walker, Eric A.
  • Wear, Robert J.

  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • American Society for Engineering Education. Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration
  • American Society for Engineering Education. Engineering Libraries Division
  • American Society for Engineering Education. Engineering Technology College Council
  • American Society for Engineering Education. Engineering Technology Council
  • American Society for Engineering Education. Engineering Technology Division
  • American Society for Engineering Education. Engineering Technology Leadership Institute
  • American Society for Engineering Education. Technical Institute Administrative Council
  • American Society for Engineering Education. Technical Institute Council
  • American Society for Engineering Education. Technical Institute Division
  • Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education

  • Engineering -- Societies, etc
  • Engineering -- Study and teaching
  • Engineering -- United States
  • Technical Education -- United States
  • Technology -- Study and Teaching

Conditions Governing Access:The collection is unrestricted.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Cat Lea, March 2001; updated by Migyeong Geum, October 2012.