ASEA President's Message

  So often we concentrate on the problems in our world and in our lives that we overlook the many things that go right.  How about some good news for a change?  The ASEA has opened doors and provided opportunities for countless students through its mentoring, its scholarship awards, and its internship programs.  Our insurance program is highly competitive and brings significantly lower cost health coverage to our many loyal members.  Our society has a new website and is now positioned for future growth.  It seems that in some areas, things are going right after all.      

The single most important function provided by the ASEA is its steadfast support of our young and developing engineers and architects in schools throughout Southern California. Regularly scheduled outings with these students have included tours of the new Disney Concert Hall, tour of the Greene & Greene designed Robinson house, competitions at Woodbury College and many other events sponsored by the individual colleges.  Coming up, we will be sponsoring a student visit to the Gamble House, where the Greene & Greene architecture and furnishings have been completely restored.  Recently we spent a wonderful ASEA afternoon at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where the Mars Project scientists gave us a presentation on their preparation, problems, progress and accomplishments.


At present we have nine active student chapters in Southern California.  Once each month, our Executive Director, Amber Haack, opens her home to our student chapter leaders and faculty sponsors. Students share experiences and occasionally participate in competitive events (model building, sand castle competition, etc.). The interaction with practicing professionals in the technical community has been most important for these students. The professionals involved have all experienced the extraordinary satisfaction of interacting with and supporting the young, energetic and stimulating minds of our next generation. Participation at these events is open to all members.  Every month, the Board of Directors gets together to review activities and to plan future events. The camaraderie and fellowship of this wonderful group is a great source of strength for the society. We are always looking for new members.  Let us know if you would like to serve. Every year we get together with the students to celebrate their accomplishments and award scholarships to deserving individuals during our awards banquet. Last year twelve scholarships were awarded. These are made possible by the generous contributions of architectural and engineering firms and other members to our Education Fund, which is a qualified 501(c) charitable organization. We also rewarded (for the first time) the efforts and energy donated by the faculty advisors by honoring the “ASEA Teacher of the Year” with a recognition award and a cash stipend. Two wonderful teachers were selected and received awards. Our thanks goes to each of the young scholars for sharing their learning experiences with us as well as the volunteer professionals who share their valuable time, skills and years of know-how. We also thank the generous contributors to the scholarship fund. Lastly we thank Amber Haack, our Executive Director, without whom none of these fine works would be possible. I challenge you to stop and think slightly differently from the maddening crowd…What’s right in your life? 


Andy Wiktorowicz     P.E.
  President ASEA    


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