ASCE Initialisms: A Handy Reference Guide

This post was going to be named “Acronyms of ASCE,” but while writing this I found that acronym is not the correct term to describe all of the abbreviations we use.  In light of this, I will start with a vocabulary lesson to share my new nugget of knowledge. An acronym is an abbreviation composed of the first letters of a series of words that are then pronounced as a new word (like NASA).  On the other hand, an initialism is set of initials that is pronounced with each individual letter (like ASCE).  This is why I’ve called this page “ASCE Initialisms.”

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Anyone new to ASCE may struggle with the sheer number of initialisms assigned to the committees, groups, programs, and events. Here I have made a quick reference guide with the definitions of several common initialisms.  This will hopefully be helpful in navigating the terminology and understanding the relationship between some of the terms.  I tried my best to link each one with a permanent webpage, but some of these either don’t have websites or there is nothing permanent to link to within ASCE.

I intend for this to be a fluid document, so send me an email if you think there’s something else that should be included!

ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers A profession society for Civil Engineers with nearly 150,000 members world-wide
CRYMC Central Region Younger Member Council The Younger Member Council that represents Regions 3, 6, and 7 and holds an annual business meeting at the central MRLC
CSM Committee on Students Members The committee that represents student members at the national level of ASCE and operates under MCC
CYM Committee on Younger Members The committee that represents Younger Members at the national level of ASCE and operates under MCC
ERYMC Eastern Region Younger Member Council The Younger Member Council that represents Regions 1, 2, 4, and 5 and holds an annual business meeting at the eastern MRLC
LTC Leader Training Committee The committee that oversee member training programs at the national level of ASCE and operates under MCC
MCC Member Communities Committee The committee that oversee CSM, CYM, and LTC and reports directly to the ASCE Board of Directors
MRLC Multi-Regional Leadership Conference An annual leadership conference that serves students (WSCL), Younger Members (WRYMC, ERYMC, and CRYMC) and Section and Branch leaders (WSBL)
PGF President and Governors Forum An annual training workshop held in Reston, VA for incoming Section/Branch Presidents and Regional Governors
WRYMC Western Regional Younger Member Council The Younger Member Council that represents Regions 8 and 9 and holds an annual business meeting at the western MRLC
WSBL Workshop for Section and Branch Leaders A leadership conference held at the eastern, western, and central MRLCs for the branch and section leaders of ASCE
WSCL Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders A leadership conference held at the eastern, western, and central MRLCs for the student chapter leaders of ASCE
YMF Younger Member Forum The term used for most local Younger Member chapters at the local level of ASCE
YMG Younger Member Group Interchangeable with YMF
YMLS Younger Member Leadership Symposium A leadership development program designed for Younger Members that focuses on leadership and professional development
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