American Ecological Engineering Society
Ecological engineering, defined as the design of sustainable ecosystems that integrate human society with its natural environment for the benefit of both, has developed over the last 30 years, and rapidly over the last 10 years. Its goals include the restoration of ecosystems that have been substantially disturbed by human activities and the development of new sustainable ecosystems that have both human and ecological values. (Mitsch, 2012)
2022 Annual Meeting
hosted by the University of Maryland
June 20-23, 2022 -
The annual meeting provides an opportunity for professionals (scientists, engineers, and policymakers) as well as students in the field to share ideas while fostering education, outreach, and professional development. With this meeting, we hope to further demonstrate the scope of Ecological Engineering and how the field’s core principles are used to solve environmental challenges. The key purpose of the meeting is to allow science and engineering students to showcase their work in the field, and bring them together with industry professionals who can provide guidance and insights to entering the industry.
At this year's in-person meeting, there will be an emphasis on creating networking opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Take advantage of the larger pool of presenters and attendees, showcase your work to a larger audience, and build your professional network by joining us in-person.
Mission and Vision
The American Ecological Engineering Society (AEES) shall promote the development of sustainable ecosystems that integrate human society with its natural environment for the benefit of both by fostering education and outreach, extending professional development and associations, raising public awareness, and encouraging original research. The vision of the Society is that AEES is the lead organization integrating ecological design principles in engineering education and practice.
"Ecological Engineering" was introducted by H.T. Odum in the 1960s, however, the field has developed significantly since then. A new society called the "American Ecological Engineering Society" (AEES) was first discussed at a workshop on ecological engineering in Columbus, Ohio in May 1999. Fifteen US universities were represented at that meeting. It was agreed at the workshop that ecological engineers throughout North America should pursue the idea of a U.S. society, particularly to begin the process of organizing academic programs and ultimately certification for this new field in North America.
The core values of the Society are as follows:
1. Integration of ecological principles and engineering practice;
2. Professional development through lifelong learning, career mentoring, and certification; 3. Advancement of our understanding of ecological engineering through research and practice; and,
4. Education of and outreach to future professionals, decisionmakers, and the public.
Annual Meetings Completed
For inquiries, questions, or recommendations, please call or e-mail the current president listed on the Officers' page. For questions or assistance regarding memberships, please contact the current treasurer listed on the Officers' page.
The societal listserv is an opportunity for active member to post questions, discussion topics, and other ecological engineering information to be disseminated among other members.
To POST to the Listserv: Address messages to AEES-L@LISTSERVE.UGA.EDU
To SUBSCRIBE to the Listserv: Please email Brian Bledsoe at firstname.lastname@example.org