Contributed by Shane Williams
If you are reading this article, the odds are good you are a member of ASABE. Have you ever stopped to think about what your membership has done for you, both personally and professionally? As a student, at the very least (or perhaps most importantly) it gave you a free meal at the monthly student branch meeting or regional section meeting. Whether you are a student or a professional, your membership gives you access to numerous professional and technical operations via organized tours; the ability to network within and outside of your core competency; access to the forward-looking technologies of industry, government, and academia; numerous opportunities for professional development; and the opportunity to participate in technical and professional standards development. And those are just a few of the benefits!
Whether you are a student or a professional, the value that you add to yourself through your membership and involvement is also given to your school or employer through your engineering contributions. For this reason, many professional organizations sponsor membership and/or attendance at ASABE events. Are you looking to either begin professional employment or transfer to a new role with a new employer? Make sure to ask about their policy concerning professional membership. ASABE also allows members access to resources and assistance in the preparation for, and process of, becoming professionally licensed. Professional licensure is another great “value-adder” for both you and your employer.
Because of their diverse training and education, agricultural and biological engineers can find employment in many different arenas across the globe, including some areas outside of the direct agricultural and biological realm. If the nature of some of these job opportunities makes it difficult to maintain ASABE involvement, consider other technical and professional societies that have may more relevance. The same benefits of professional membership apply to other organizations.
Looking across the global field of engineering, professional engineering societies are directly involved in the shaping and governing of technologies both new and old. Your involvement in these societies is your chance to help influence the direction of the profession. Active membership is also great way to give the same benefits that you’ve received both as a student and as a professional to other ASABE members of all ages.
So, if you have defied the odds mentioned above and are not a member of ASABE or another professional society…why not join today?!