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American Ecological Engineering Society

2024 Annual Meeting
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

May 29-31, 2024

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. This ancient landscape is the perfect location to launch a new era of ecological engineering and design. In addition to learning about the latest research and practice of ecological engineering, there will be opportunities to:

  • Become a Certified Ecological Designer (CED);

  • Earn professional development hours;

  • Celebrate the first year of publishing by the society's open-access Journal of Ecological Engineering Design (JEED);

  • Learn about the ongoing ABET accreditation process;

  • Review the draft ecological engineering Body of Knowledge report;

  • Learn how academic institutions across the country are bringing ecological engineering to their campuses; and

  • Experience local ecosystems and ecosystem restoration activities through tours and site visits.

Southwest Virginia is a hotspot for aquatic biodiversity and outdoor recreation. Attendees are encouraged to bring hiking boots, hip waders, and mountain bikes!

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)

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.

Core Values

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.



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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. All members are automatically added to the listserv. For any questions or to change the email address associated with your membership, contact the AEES Secretary.

To POST to the Listserv: Address messages to AEES-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 

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