The engineering management journal founders are discussed. The centerpiece of the discussion is the seventeen stories written by the founders themselves. These personal histories mirror their authors in the wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, providing a variegated sampling of the individuals and environments, the challenges and opportunities, the goals and achievements, and a fair representation of how it was in those early days. The first (PGEM) grew out of a movement in the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE, predecessor, of IEEE) to encourage the organizing of professional groups, groups of members who were focused on a specific area of the field. The second (ASEM) was founded by a set of individuals, similarly interested in both engineering and management, in the late 1970s. Direct comparisons between the listings for the two organizations are made difficult because of plus 20-year difference between origins.
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