MEMBERSHIP HAS IT'S PRIVILEGES
WHY BELONG TO SMPE
SMPE is a Professional Organization "to develop a cooperative spirit and friendship among members, to be of mutual assistance to each other and to promote and protect the interests and welfare of the American Merchant Marine". Since its founding in 1946, members have supported each other's interests and relied on each other to share solutions to technical problems and pass on the information to others in our field.
Membership is open to persons involved in the maritime industries and meeting all the requirements outlined in the Societies By-Laws. Membership my be requested by filling out our Application Form.
Student membership is free, and there is no application or initiation fee. Student membership attendance at all society events and meetings is subsidized at a reduced cost. Upon graduation your student membership can be converted to a full or associate membership and we will waive the initiation fee. Membership may be requested by filling out our Student Membership Application Form.
The Society supports technical education through sponsorship of technical papers applicable to the Marine Industry and our annual industry forum. Often these papers are sponsored jointly with other organizations like SNAME or IME
Social events like our annual Dinner Dance, golf outings and other family-oriented events to help bring members and their families closer together to improve relationships and friendships.
SCHOLARSHIP LOANS & GRANTS
With the ever increasing cost of education SMPE is again there to assist it's members. Members in good standing may apply for interest free scholarship loans for their children. For information click on our link to our Scholarship Loan Program.
The Society is also about networking. The Society offers contact with all areas of the industry by interaction within the membership itself, monthly technical meetings and social gatherings.