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AAES narrows its scope, gives up unifying role

The American Assn. of Engineering Societies will no longer be the voice of the engineering profession. Instead, it will focus on coordination between the member societies.

By Nicholas Basta, Wilma Price |

The usual argument of engineers—that they don't occupy the same exalted place in U.S. society as, for instance, doctors or lawyers—may from now on be based on something more than personal opinion. This is partly because engineers are in the process of scaling down the activities of their umbrella group, the American Assn. of Engineering Societies (AAES). So, for all practical purposes, they will be left without one of the elements that confer status to such professions as law and medicine (which boast organizations like the American Medical Assn. AMA and the American Bar Assn. ABA). AAES's member societies…
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