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
Congratulations to the following winners who will receive their awards
at ACE’s National Board meeting on April 24 in Washington, DC.
ACE thanks Engineering News-Record, published by BNP Media, for continuing to sponsor the award.
- Josh Braby, Central Iowa
- Michael Hasamoh, Atlanta
- David Meek, Nashville
- Mary P. Stewart, San Antonio
- Ricardo Zendejas, Los Angeles
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.
Several affiliates are supporting students attending day and residential
camps or have arranged scholarships earmarked for an ACE student.
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.
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
- 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
New Database Update
- 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
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
Kudos for ACE Civil Engineer Mentors
- 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.
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
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.