Membership Rules

Member Classification:

There are two types of AISES membership:

1. General Members: General Membership shall be open, upon application to AISES, to any American Indian (as determined above) having a bachelor’s or advanced degree in engineering or science; having an associate's degree in engineering or science with engineering or scientific work experience; having a bachelor's degree in engineering technology with engineering work experience.

2. Associate Membership: Associate Membership shall be open to any American Indian (as determined above) currently enrolled in any accredited college or university offering an engineering or engineering technology curriculum; or any scientists, engineers, or other interested persons who are not qualified as General Members, upon application to AISES. Associate Membership shall be open to any interested individual who does not qualify for General Membership. 

Information about Membership from the AISES Bylaws:

ARTICLE II - MEMBERSHIP

Section 1 - Definition

"American Indian" shall mean a person who is a member of any of the indigenous peoples of North America. American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders and First Nations are among those included.

Section 2 - Individual Membership

There shall be two categories of individual membership:

  1. General Membership shall be open, upon application to AISES, to any American Indian (as determined above) having a bachelor’s or advanced degree in engineering or science; having an associate's degree in engineering or science with engineering or scientific work experience; having a bachelor's degree in engineering technology with engineering work experience.
  2. Associate Membership shall be open to any American Indian (as determined above) currently enrolled in any accredited college or university offering an engineering or engineering technology curriculum; or any scientists, engineers, or other interested persons who are not qualified as General Members, upon application to AISES. Associate Membership shall be open to any interested individual who does not qualify for General Membership.
  3. Membership, either General or Associate, shall not be transferable or assignable.
  4. Each General Member and Associate Member shall be entitled to one vote on each matter submitted to a vote of the General and Associate Membership.
  5. Any member, either General or Associate, may resign by filing a written resignation with the Membership Committee.
  6. Disciplinary Action: A member may be suspended or expelled from AISES for cause by a 2/3 vote of a quorum of the General and Associate Membership acting on a petition motion signed by at least five (5) members in good standing (i.e. membership dues paid up-to-date). A member also may be suspended or expelled from AISES for cause by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. Before any action for suspension or expulsion is taken in this matter, such member shall be given a written statement of the charges against him or her at least 30 days prior to the General meeting or Board meeting before which the member is to appear and shall be given an opportunity to answer any and all charges at the designated meeting. The decision of the Board of Directors is subject to appeal at a meeting of the General and Associate Membership.

A monetary fine may be imposed on an individual member for cause by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. A Student Chapter or a Professional Chapter may be held accountable by the Board of Directors for any costs or damages caused by the actions of one of its members. Before any action for imposition of a fine or financial responsibility is taken in this matter, such member or chapter shall be given a written statement of the charges at least 30 days prior to the Board meeting before which the member or chapter is to appear and shall be given an opportunity to answer any and all charges at the designated meeting. The decision of the Board of Directors is subject to appeal at a meeting of the General Membership.

Cause for suspension, expulsion, and imposition of fines includes (but is not limited to) violations of the AISES Code of Conduct or any other internal laws or rules governing AISES.