About Us

ASEM was founded in 1979 at the University of Missouri-Rolla (UMR). The Society was the brainchild of Professor Bernard R. Sarchet, the first Chair of the Engineering Management Department at UMR with the support and encouragement of Chancellor Merl Baker. Professor Sarchet is largely credited with establishing the first true engineering management department at a U.S. university, and he has two prestigious national awards named in his honor. These include the Bernard R. Sarchet Award presented by the Engineering Management Division of ASEE for lifetime achievement in engineering management education and the Bernard R. Sarchet Award presented by ASEM for the advancement and support of engineering management.

ASEM has grown from its early days at UMR to become an international society that “speaks for the profession of engineering management around the world.” Members include academics from engineering management departments and closely affiliated departments such as industrial engineering as well as engineering management professionals from a wide variety of high technology industries.

ASEM members enjoy many benefits that enrich their professional lives. Regular and student members and corporate partners are engaged in “promoting the development and practice of the engineering management profession” through: Professional meetings and conferences, Networking, and Publications.

ASEM provides a certification program for MSEM degree programs similar to the ABET program for undergraduate engineering degrees. It also provides an engineering manager certification program for individuals interested in validating their skills and capabilities as engineering managers. ASEM is also the managing society for the Engineering Management Body of knowledge and is responsible for the enhancement and evolution of this source of knowledge critical to the profession.


What is engineering management?

Engineering management is the art and science of planning, organizing, allocating resources, and directing and controlling activities which have a technological or systems component. Engineers whose job requires them to assume management duties must solve complex problems that require expertise and training in these principles.

Our Vision... ASEM speaks for the engineering management profession

Our Mission... Provide engineering management solutions to leadership and management challenges in order to create and lead great technical organizations ~ Promote the development and practice of the engineering management profession

Our Goals... To be the custodian of the engineering management body of knowledge ~ To grow and share the engineering management body of knowledge ~ To guide and enhance engineering management educational programs ~ To advance the careers of engineering management professionals ~ To engage engineering management professionals ~ To recognize and foster engineering management best practices

We Strive... To maintain a high professional standard among our members ~ To promote the development of the profession of engineering management through meetings, professional contacts, reports, papers, discussions and publications ~ To serve the public interest