The Architectural Engineering Institute of ASCE
The Architectural Engineering Institute of ASCE (the American Society of Civil Engineers), or AEI, is an organization for building industry professionals. AEI provides a multidisciplinary national forum for members of the architectural engineering, structural, mechanical, electrical and other building-industry communities. Established in 1998 as a place to examine issues and exchange views and information, AEI works to facilitate crucial communication among members of the building team, both on a technical basis and in the professional arena. In addition, the organization offers timely quality technical literature, professional advocacy, and educational opportunities.
AEI's mission is to serve the building community by promoting an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to planning, design, construction and operation of buildings and by encouraging excellence in practice, education and research of architectural engineering.
AEI is composed of a Board of Governors and three administrative committees and six technical committees. Administrative committees and subcommittees address topics like education, professional issues, and publications. The technical committees and subcommittees strive to address emerging issues that affect the Architectural Engineering community like the mitigation of effects of terrorism, building commissioning, and architectural systems.
MCEER, Earthquake Engineering to Extreme Events
MCEER is a national center of excellence dedicated to establishing disaster-resilient communities through the application of multidisciplinary, multi-hazard research through its consortium of researchers from numerous disciplines and institutions throughout the United States. Headquartered at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, the Center was originally established by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1986, as the National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (NCEER). The overall goal of MCEER is to enhance the seismic resilience of communities through improved engineering and management tools for critical infrastructure systems (water supply, electric power, and hospitals) and emergency management functions. Seismic resilience (technical, organizational, social, and economic) is characterized by reduced probability of system failure, reduced consequences due to failure, and reduced time to system restoration.
The Center’s mission has expanded from its original focus on earthquake engineering to address a variety of other hazards, both natural and man-made, and their impact on critical infrastructure and facilities. The Center’s goal is to reduce losses through research and the application of advanced technologies that improve engineering, pre-event planning and post-event recovery strategies. Toward this end, the Center coordinates a nationwide program of multidisciplinary team research, education and outreach activities.
Funded principally by NSF, the State of New York, and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Center derives additional support from the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), other state governments, academic institutions, foreign governments and private industry.