Engineering College Magazines Associated

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Engineering College Magazines Associated (more commonly abbreviated as ECMA) is a group of student run, engineering based publications from across the United States. It was founded in 1920 mainly through the efforts of Mr. W.B. Littell of a New York advertising firm named Littell-Murray-Barnhill.[1]


  • Enhance quality of all its member publications by:
    • Nurturing cooperation and networking between member publications.
    • Holding annual competitions.
    • Offering annual workshops.
  • Hold annual national conferences (where workshops, competitions, and networking takes place).
  • Pursue corporative advertising agreements.


According to the American Society for Engineering Education's Prism Magazine, "ECMA was created in the 1920s to be a single interface for companies wanting to recruit engineering graduates through ads in the magazines published by engineering colleges."[2] There are records of ECMA member publications meeting for conferences as early as 1923.[3]

Over the years, ECMA has evolved into more of a professional society, granting acclaim to student engineering publications and allowing students’ access to many top workers in the publication industry, as well as the knowledge they possess. Every year, one school receives the honor of hosting the ECMA conference. The hosting university then has the opportunity to showcase their magazine, their university, and their way of life.

Member schools and their magazines[edit]

Past Conferences[edit]

  • 2000 - University of California at Berkeley
  • 2001 - The University of Colorado
  • 2002 - The Ohio State University
  • 2003 - University of Minnesota[4]
  • 2004 - University of Pennsylvania[4]
  • 2005 - The University of Nebraska
  • 2006 - Howard University (Scheduled but not held)


  1. ^ E.C.M.A. Handbook, Revised Apr 1982.
  2. ^ Gardner, R. (2005, March). The Write Time and Place. ASEE Prism, 14(7).
  3. ^ Smart, J.W. (Ed.). (1923, March). Engineering college magazines, associated, holds convention at Urbana. Wisconsin Engineer, 27(6), 105-107.
  4. ^ a b Johnson, N. and Walter, M. (2004). Editorial. Minnesota Technology.