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After 150 years, the Society of Engineers joins the IIE

01 March, 2005

After 150 years, the Society of Engineers joins the IIE

Members of the Society of Engineers have voted overwhelmingly to merge with the Institution of Incorporated Engineers (IIE). The Society, founded in 1854, is the third oldest engineering body in the UK, but its membership has been dwindling in recent years, threatening its viability. At present. it has about 650 members.

The move will broaden the IIE`s membership base, while allowing members of the Society to continue to use its letters after their names - FSE (for a Fellow), MSE (for a Member), ASE (for an Associate, or AMSE (for Associate Member). Eventually, the use of these letter will die off with the Society`s members.

"Our members are now looking forward to enjoying the comprehensive services offered by the IIE and being part of a forward-looking professional organisation," says the Society`s president, Ian Wright.

For his part, IIE president Lord Trefgarne says the Institution is "delighted" to welcome the Society`s members and hopes that they "will wish actively to participate in the affairs of IIE".

The Society of Engineers was originally founded to reunite former students of Putney College, which was one of the few institutions giving technical and scientific training for engineers at the time.

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