The Albany Society of Engineers is composed of persons of all ages actively engaged in or retired from the profession of engineering or kindred professions. Included are persons from government, communications, utilities, industries, commerce and private engineering practice.
The Mission of the Albany Society of Engineers is the promotion of high professional standards in the practice of engineering and related science and technology in the community through the educational advancement of its members and the community.
The Albany Society of Engineers meets once a month from September through June. The meetings consists of a dinner followed by a presentation of a timely technical topic. Usually, the May and June meetings are preceded by a field trip to a project, industrial or research facility.
Who Can Join
Membership is open to anyone with a technical background interested in promoting the advancement of knowledge and practice in engineering. Anyone interesting in joining may contact President Pete Bellair or submit a Membership Application (PDF) or Membership Application (Word).
ASE Announces Scholarship Program
The Albany Society of Engineers has announced establishment of a scholarship open to all ASE members and their immediate families. Applicants must be students or prospective students in a full-time college program working toward a bachelor's or master's degree in engineering. For more information click here.
An organization known as the Albany Society of Civil Engineers first met in January 1906. The group formed was for "mutual intercourse for the purpose of acquiring knowledge by reports; discussion, and individual exchange of notes, and bringing into close relationship Civil Engineers and others of kindred professions". The group included engineers involved in the design and construction of the present Barge Canal System and from the New York State Water Power and Storage Commission, as well as a professor from R.P.I. and an engineer from the City of Albany. The first president was William P. Creager, who later became a nationally known authority on earth dams.
The founders of the Society all had a strong interest in water related subjects; the Barge Canal System, the development of hydroelectric power, water conservation and water storage. Through their Society contacts they collaborated in producing much original hydraulic data on stream flows, and from that data hydroelectric power and water supply sites were identified along with water to operate the canal system. Important parts of this data were published on the Deeper Hudson Project.
In 1923 the Society name was changed to the Albany Society of Engineers, reflecting the increased interest in the organization by engineers trained in fields other than civil engineering. At the same time the Society broadened its program coverage to include the great variety subjects of interest to the technical community in the area and the most recent advances in these subjects. This emphasis continues today, with the annual program of the society reflecting a wide rage of technical subject areas.
With the broadening of Society’s area of interest, the membership changed as well. At one time about two-thirds of the members were from the electrical and telephone companies operating in the area, and the service manager from Armory Garage was among the members for a period. More recently there has been an increase in interest among those in the transportation engineering industry and a growth in membership from that sector.
In the 1920’s the society sponsored and promoted the Engineering Licensure Law in New York State. The licensing law required the licensure and registration by the State Education Department of engineering professionals, except those working in industry, for protection of the public against unqualified practitioners. In turn, this effort led to the formation of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers, a part of the National Society of Professional Engineers.
More recently, the Society has moved to an emphasis on education, supporting both financially and with physical help programs intended to promote technical careers among school children.
Officers - Support Functions
President: John LaBarge
Vice President: Chris Waite
Secretary: Fred Eckel
Treasurer: Bob Greenman
Nominations Chair: Matt McGarry
Past President: Matt McGarry
Arrangements: Bernie Schatz
Membership: Lawrie Hibbard
Publicity: Gene Gee
Database Manager: Nathaniel Greenman
Newsletter Editor: Fred Eckel
Mailer: Gene Gee
Webmaster: Fred Eckel
Albany Society of Engineers, Inc.
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Voorheesville, NY 12186-0155
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