Memphis-Area Joint Engineers Council (MJEC) is an umbrella organization for 17 engineering societies and educational institutions in the Memphis area. MJEC includes all members of the participating organizations and is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of representatives from each organization.
The Council was established in 1960 as the Memphis Joint Engineering Societies. The name was changed to Memphis Joint Engineer's Council by a charter from the state of Tennessee dated November 16, 1970. In late 2003, the name was changed to Memphis-Area Joint Engineers Council to recognize that because of its participating organizations, MJEC has membership in Memphis, Shelby County, West Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi.
MJEC was organized:
To advance the art and science of engineering and surveying for the general welfare of mankind and to promote and conduct various activities to this end, specifically during the period known as National Engineers Week, celebrated at the time of George Washington's birthday. Our nation's first president was a military engineer and a land surveyor.
To promote cooperation among the various branches of engineering, surveying, and science.
To develop recommendations regarding public policies wherein the application of the art and science of engineering will contribute to the general welfare of mankind.
To foster public recognition of the engineering profession.
To maintain a high professional standard among its members.
To work for the advancement of engineering education.
To provide a medium for cooperative action by its member societies on matters beyond the scope of their individual organizations.
MJEC has done many things over the years (Christmas Social, Engineers Day at the Mall, calendar of engineering society events, Outstanding Engineering Student Contest, speakers bureau, and others), but the main functions have boiled down to Engineers Week activities:
MJEC Engineers Week Student Contest (middle and high school students)
MJEC Featured Engineer Awards
MJEC Featured Engineering Student Awards/MJEC Engineering Technology Student Awards (CBU, Southwest, and U of M)