Service to Member Societies

We serve our Member Societies by functioning as a communication forum for exchanging mutually beneficial information.  We host a common events calendar for posting events of common interest, we hold quarterly meetings to exchange ideas and best practices, and we assist with co-hosting special activities.

Service to Professionals

We serve the practicing professionals in engineering-related fields by presenting awards to distinguished individuals.  Annual awards for Distinguished Engineers, Distinguished Scientist and Technologist, Young Engineers, and Young Scientist and Technologist.

Service to Community

We serve the community by proactively promoting the participation of professional individuals in endeavors that will better prepare the youth of our society for future careers in the engineering and science fields.  Annual activities that MFESTS members assist with are the Future City Competition, Tech Fest, Slime Sparks and Speed, MathCounts, and many others.

What is MFESTS

MFESTS - Who We Are

The Minnesota Federation of Engineering, Science, and Technology Societies (MFESTS) is an umbrella organization comprised of engineering-related member societies within the State of Minnesota. There currently are twenty societies/chapters, representing over 6,000 individuals, that are members of MFESTS.


The Mission of MFESTS

We have three primary mission foci:

  • To provide service to the Societies that are members of the Federation;
  • To provide professional recognition and encourage professional development to professionals in engineering-related careers; and
  • To provide a service to the community at large and especially to young people in hopes of helping them learn more about potential careers in the fields of engineering, science, and technology.


The Goals of MFESTS

The Minnesota Federation of Engineering Societies was founded to promote the wide range of activities common to many professional organizations. These include:

  • To facilitate communications amongst the member societies in order
    to help strengthen their individual programs.
  • Facilitate education and continuing education for professionals.
  • Assist with "Engineering" curriculum in post-secondary schools.
  • Promote of mathematics and sciences in secondary schools.
  • Promote "Professionalism" among member societies.
  • Provide timely topics to member societies.
  • Assist with IT Week at the University of Minnesota.
  • Collaborate with MSPE in putting on the Annual Engineers Week Awards Banquet.


The History of MFESTS

The Minnesota Federation of Engineering, Science, and Technical Societies (MFESTS) is an umbrella organization comprised of engineering-related member societies within the State of Minnesota.  Up through December 2003, the organization was know as the Minnesota Federation of Engineering Societies (MFES), however the Federation voted to change it's name to better reflect that other science and technical related societies were vital components of the Federation as well.

The Minnesota Federation of Engineering Societies (MFES), now known as Minnesota Federation of Engineering, Science, and Technical Societies (MFESTS), was incorporated on January 29, 1946, in the State of Minnesota.  The general purposes were the promotion of economic, public and social welfare, and the advancement of knowledge in engineering, the encouragement of a high sense of professional ethics, and the fostering of a spirit of fraternity.  It was operated by the combining and unification of the various Engineering Societies, Engineering Clubs, and Engineering Associations in to one Federation of Societies, to promote the general interests and welfare of all of said organizations belonging to the Federation, by mutual cooperation.

The history of the Federation began in August 1916 when six member societies started the Joint Engineering Board.  "The Board was formed to secure a more effective cooperation among Engineers for the welfare of the profession, to correlate the work of the different Engineering organizations for unity of action, and for betterment in the standards of practice and greater recognition of the Engineers before the public."  The Joint Engineering Board became the Minnesota Federation of Engineering Societies in January 1921.  The Federation resulted from a meeting of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (Engineering Conference) held in Duluth, Minnesota on June 19, 1920.  The meeting of the various professional engineering societies, invited to Duluth decided that then was the moment for engineers to effect an increased unity among all within their profession.

There currently are eighteen societies/chapters, representing approximately 6,000 individuals, that are members of MFESTS.

Click here for a History of the Minnesota Joint Engineering Board (1916-1920)
the predecessor of the Federation

How to Join MFESTS

Membership in MFESTS


All Engineering/Science/Technology-related professional societies in the State of Minnesota are invited to become members of MFESTS.  Each member society pays an annual dues to help support the federation's endeavors.  The minimal yearly dues are assessed as follows:

The MFESTS fiscal year begins in January, thus yearly dues are prorated by month for societies that join at various times throughout the year.  Annual dues are based on the number of current members in your organization at a rate of $0.50 per member, not to exceed a maximum amount of $500.

The annual dues are required to be paid by January 31st of the year they are for.  For example, the dues for 2014 are due by January 31, 2014.

Click here for a MFESTS Dues Form


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