American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES)
AAEES offers special student memberships for free that come with subscriptions to its publications, Environmental Engineer and Scientist, and Environmental Engineering and Science Resource Guidebook. The academy offers Board-Certified Environmental Engineer designations for qualified applicants.
American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
Representing 45,000 chemical engineering students and professionals from more than 100 nations, AIChE offers its members professional and technical training programs, webinars, technical publications, career and employment services and a resume database.
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
The ASCE is made up of more than 146,000 professional and student members pursuing civil engineering careers. Student members have access to seminars, webinars and continuing education, newsletters, publications, and participation in student member groups in nine regions of the country.
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
Student members find networking opportunities within and beyond ASEE. They also receive publications, access to an engineering job board, fellowship listings, workshops and discounted participation at national and local conferences.
American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
More than 53,000 member professionals and students in the HVAC fields find educational, networking, news, and career resources online at the ASHRAE website. Student members can enter design competitions and find internships in HVAC.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ASME serves engineers from students and early-career professionals to academic experts, senior leadership and executives in the mechanical field. Its website site offers useful tips, tools and information on conferences and competitions.
An Awkward Engineer’s Guide to Professional Networking
This LinkedIn article not only provides insightful guidance on building a network, the author invites readers to sign up for his newsletter. Talk about networking!
Associations – Science and Technology
This master list of nearly 400 science and technology associations contains thumbnail summaries and links to organizations of interest to engineering students looking to build networks.
More than 11,000 engineers from around the globe participate in 53 discussion groups that cover the engineering disciplines. The site is also home to engineering blogs, more than 1,700 videos, job listings, and white papers.
Join the engineering forums, swap ideas, get answers, and build community at Engineering.com. Find forums by industry, engineering discipline, codes and standards, project management, and corporate survival.
Engineers and students can create Circles in their Google+ account that creates an instant network or community. Circles can overlap, or be restricted to identifiers such as friends, family, mentors, recruiters, peers, or educators.
One of the world’s largest career networking sites, LinkedIn today has nearly 16,000 independent groups and forums for engineers. By joining, members can make daily posts on their specialty as they build extensive networks of employers, mentors, peers, and recruiters.
Professional Associations for Engineers
The staff at Monster.com has compiled a list of 80 engineering societies, institutes and associations that offer networking opportunities for their members.
Even techies that hate to write will have little trouble composing the 140 character “tweets” they send to their networks. The Twitter site has a Technology & science page that’s a great place to start networking.
Ways of Networking for Employment Opportunities and Career Growth
Read advice from Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers in this article that focuses on the use of a mentor for building a strong engineering career network.