The members of SEM encompass a unique group of experimentalists, development engineers, design engineers, test engineers and technicians, students, and research and development scientists from industry and educational institutions.
Membership in SEM is open to any individual who supports the mission of the society. SEM especially encourages students to join the society. In addition to the regular benefits of membership, at a considerably reduced cost, students have unique opportunities to participate in activities specifically designed for their benefit.
Membership in SEM offers, as a primary benefit, the opportunity to interact with scientists from around the world who are working in the many areas of interest covered by the broad umbrella of Experimental Mechanics. While international in scope, SEM is small enough to provide a forum for easy communication between members. For many members, SEM conferences offer a singular opportunity to discuss their work with other experimentalists in their area of interest. Such interactions are facilitated by the Technical Divisions of the society.