2017 ENR—ACE Outstanding Mentors
The jury for the 2017 award, composed of last year’s winners, was challenged to choose this year’s Outstanding Mentors from 22 affiliates’ nominations.  All nominees reflect the dedication and energy of ACE's entire mentor contingent, 3,500 strong.

This year for the first time, two ACE alumni won the award in the same year, and two Outstanding Mentors hail from the same company, Brasfield & Gorrie.
 
Congratulations to the following winners who will receive their awards at ACE’s National Board meeting on April 24 in Washington, DC.

  • Josh Braby, Central Iowa
  • Michael Hasamoh, Atlanta
  • David Meek, Nashville
  • Mary P. Stewart, San Antonio
  • Ricardo Zendejas, Los Angeles
ACE thanks Engineering News-Record, published by BNP Media, for continuing to sponsor the award.

All Affiliates Conference June 26-27
The 1½-day conference in Kansas City offers a cornucopia of practical information for all affiliates.  In addition to an extensive introduction to ACE’s new database, the program features leaders from 15 affiliates who will share the ins-and-outs of their affiliates’ fundraising, board development, mentor/team leader development, and student recruitment/retention.  Read program details here.
 
National ACE leaders Tom Gilbane and Charlie Thornton will welcome participants and interact with them during the conference.  Opportunities to network and share ideas will abound during sessions, meals, and breaks.
 
Limited space still available.  Register now. 
 
Bentley is sponsoring the conference at the Keystone level. The Kansas City offices of Thornton Tomasetti, HOK, and Turner Construction are hosting a cocktail reception. 
 
Summer Time, Busy Time
Increasingly, ACE students all over the country are taking part in ACE-organized activities or, with affiliate support, participating in camps offered by universities and other organizations such as Fallingwater.
  • The College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado, Denver, in partnership with ACE, will host a tuition-free, residential summer camp for 25-30 ACE students from the Western region, June 26-July 1.This camp is a successor to the California-focused camp ACE created several years ago.
  • For the fourth year, Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) and Vanderbilt University will run a residential camp, July 16-22, for ACE students from the Nashville, Chattanooga, Atlanta, Birmingham, Louisville, and Lexington, KY affiliates. MTSU and the Nashville affiliate fund the program. Students, or their affiliates, pay only transportation costs.
  • The Lehigh Valley, PA affiliate, in partnership with the local chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors, will offer a day camp, June 19-13, exclusively for female students.
  • The Chicago affiliate is planning to offer its eighth Design Build Workshop from June 26 - August 11. Approximately 20 students are expected to participate; those completing the program will receive a college scholarship.
Several affiliates are supporting students attending day and residential camps or have arranged scholarships earmarked for an ACE student.
  • The Inland Empire affiliate plans to support up to 12 students at a design day camp run by California Baptist University’s College of Architecture, Visual Arts & Design, June 26-30.
  • The Rhode Island School of Design and Roger Williams University have each agreed to reserve one full scholarship for Rhode Island affiliate students to attend the residential architecture programs at these universities.
  • The Chicago and Eastern, PA affiliates are supporting several students to attend design camps. Cornell University has allocated a full scholarship, including transportation, for a Chicago student to attend its six-week summer design program.
New Database Update
The new database is far along in development and on schedule for a mid-August official launch. An advance preview of this new ACE tool will occur at the All Affiliates Conference in Kansas City in late June. Field testing will start in July.
 
Major new database features, widely requested by affiliates, include: bulk editing capability; sponsor tracking; a customizable scholarship module; enhanced search options; and, automatic linkage integrating mentor background checks into the database.  Strengthened database security will utilize comprehensive data encryption.
 
ACE Welcomes National Sponsors
During the first quarter of 2017, several companies joined or rejoined ACE as national sponsors.  Procore Technologies signed on as a Keystone sponsor, pledging a two-year commitment.  Allan Myers increased its sponsorship to the Pinnacle level, and Barton Marlow rejoined as a Cornerstone sponsor.  In addition to its regular sponsorship, Bentley will help support the June All Affiliates Conference in Kansas City.

Interested bidders at Austin's Invitation to Bid Fundraiser, March 8

Affiliate Roundup
  • On April 6, the Omaha affiliate replicated the “Invitation to Bid” fundraiser created by the Austin, TX affiliate last year.  Eighty people attended the Omaha event and bid on nearly 50 pieces of art created by architects, designers, and artists.The activity grossed $4,500 and netted $2,700. 
  • On March 8, Austin more than doubled revenue for its second “Invitation to Bid” silent auction combined with music, drinks, and snacks.The 150 attendees bid $8,700 on 86 donated pieces of art.
  • At its year-end event, the Boston affiliate awarded a record $125K in scholarships, compared to last year’s $75K.
  • In late April, Cleveland will award $116K to 21 students.This record amount includes three matching scholarships from Kent State University and two form Cleveland State.
Kudos for ACE Civil Engineer Mentors
Two of this year’s ten “New Faces of Civil Engineering” – professionals under age 30 recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers – have ACE ties.  Congratulations to:
  • Muhammad Elgammal, who mentors with the New York City affiliate
  • Jonathan Brower, who mentored for two years with the Dallas/Fort Worth affiliate.

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