I’ve been doing a lot of deep thinking lately about a subject that I’d like to share with all of you. And it all starts with the question I now pose — What do you want your legacy to be?
Now I realize this is a really big question that could mean a number of different things – family, spiritual, work, community, etc. But since I’m the membership director of your professional association, let’s narrow the question to focus on ASME, and re-ask it as…What do you want your ASME Membership legacy to be?
If you’ve been reading emails from me over the last few months, you’ll notice a theme developing. My goal is to encourage you to “engage” with the society — to become more involved with ASME. Whether it’s signing up and participating in social networking on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, or taking the Member Satisfaction or ME Salary Survey, active participation is the key to making the most of your ASME Membership.
But the best ways to get involved and develop a strong legacy with ASME is to volunteer – giving a piece of your time, your muscle, your mind, or all three! ASME has a number of ways for you to “give back” to the engineering profession, a few of which I’ll share with you right now. Trust me — the more you give back, the more you get back, and the more value you’ll receive from your membership:
- Codes & Standards Committees – Lend your expertise and work with the world’s best and brightest mechanical engineers on some of today’s greatest technical advancements and most challenging problems. You’ll be contributing to a consensus process to develop the best codes and standards, making the world safer for all. All levels of experience are encouraged to volunteer.
- Your Local Section or Technical Division – Expand your professional network, get access to the “hidden” job market and work on programs and services with friends and colleagues specific to your chosen discipline or at the local grassroots level.
- Engineering for Change (E4C) — an initiative that will connect people facing quality-of-life challenges (e.g. clean water, sanitation, housing, energy) in local, under-served communities in the U.S. and around the world … with engineers who have the willingness to volunteer — but little time to travel to remote locations — and the know-how to develop appropriate engineering solutions. E4C’s website is in the beta testing stage, but you can learn more and keep up-to-date by clicking here.
- e-Mentoring – Get matched with one or more ME students or early career engineers, and work with them one-on-one. You will be directly helping someone with engineering or career related issues, imparting your knowledge & wisdom to a new generation of ME’s.
There are so many more opportunities to volunteer with ASME. Check out the volunteer resource pages to learn more. The goal for your legacy should be to make a lasting difference in the world. ASME is here to help you create your legacy and achieve that goal. Volunteer today!
Director, ASME Membership Development