Aerospace Industry

Professional Organizations


Professional Organizations
Professional Organizations are usually a nonprofit organization seeking to further a particular profession, the interests of individuals engaged in that profession, and the public interest. They focus on education, career field development, jobs, mentorship, and networking.  They can also offer insight into how the industry works and how to navigate it. Below is a list of the top professional organizations that members of the Aerospace community belong to.
Name Description
Professional Services Council The Professional Services Council (PSC) is the national trade association of the government professional and technical services industry. PSC helps shape public policy, leads strategic coalitions, and works to build consensus between government and industry PSC’s more than 330 member companies represent small, medium, and large businesses that provide professional services to federal agencies.
Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) PTACs are the bridge between buyer and supplier, bringing to bear their knowledge of both government contracting and the capabilities of contractors to maximize fast, reliable service to our government with better quality and at lower costs. PTAP was authorized by Congress in 1985 in an effort to expand the number of businesses capable of participating in the government marketplace.
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. Created in 1963 by the merger of the two great aerospace societies of the day, the American Rocket Society (founded in 1930 as the American Interplanetary Society), and the Institute of the Aerospace Sciences (established in 1933 as the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences), AIAA carries forth a proud tradition of more than 75 years of aerospace leadership.
Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) The Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) is the worldwide authority for professionals dedicated to the process of winning business through proposals, bids, tenders, and presentations.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is a not-for-profit membership organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines, toward a goal of helping the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods. Founded in 1880 by a small group of leading industrialists, ASME has grown through the decades to include more than 120,000 members in over 150 countries worldwide.
American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) is the leading professional engineering society for engineers, scientists and allied professionals who conceive, design, develop, test, construct, outfit, operate and maintain complex naval and maritime ships, submarines and aircraft and their associated systems and subsystems. ASNE also serves the educators who train the professionals, researchers who develop related technology, and students who are preparing for the profession.
Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE) International is a non-profit professional association. It provides its members with the resources they need to enhance their performance and ensure continued growth and success. With over 7,500 members world-wide, AACE International serves cost management professionals in the disciplines of project management, estimating, risk management, and claims.
Program Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Institute (PMI) is one of the world’s largest professional membership associations, with half a million members and credential holders in more than 185 countries. It is a not-for-profit organization that advances the project management profession through globally recognized standards and certifications, collaborative communities, an extensive research program, and professional development opportunities.
International Council of Systems Engineers (INCOSE) The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is a not-for-profit membership organization founded to develop and disseminate the interdisciplinary principles and practices that enable the realization of successful systems.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through IEEE’s highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.
National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) stands today as the only national organization committed to addressing the professional concerns of licensed Professional Engineers (PE) across all disciplines. The society concerns itself with a variety of issues relating to engineering, including licensure and ethics, the image of the engineer, the rights of engineers at the national and state levels, news of the profession, and continuing education opportunities
Risk Management Association (RMA) The Risk Management Association (RMA) is a not-for-profit, member-driven professional association serving the financial services industry. Its sole purpose is to advance the use of sound risk principles in the financial services industry. RMA promotes an enterprise approach to risk management that focuses on credit risk, market risk, operational risk, securities lending, and regulatory issues.
Society of Industrial and Applied Mathmatics (SIAM) SIAM exists to ensure the strongest interactions between mathematics and other scientific and technological communities through membership activities, publication of journals and books, and conferences.
Society of Women Engineers(SWE) The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) stimulates women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity.


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