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The Professional Program supports early, mid and executive professionals in STEM fields through professional development, career opportunities, networking and opportunities to mentor and support students in STEM.The focus of the Professional Program is “Leadership and Change.” AISES is dedicated to supporting its professional members in STEM, providing a network of Professional Chapters an annual Professional Awards Program to celebrate excellence in the field.
The Professional Program supports early, mid and executive professionals in STEM fields through professional development, career opportunities, networking and opportunities to mentor and support students in STEM.
The nominee must be an experienced upper-level manager or a well-established engineer, scientist, professional, or academician who has significant department and budget responsibilities.
The nominee must have made a significant contribution to science, engineering or technology by having designed, developed, managed or assisted in the development of a product, service, system or intellectual property.
The nominee must be a professional engineer or scientist with less than five years experience after earning his/her last degree. The candidate’s early technical contributions should already indicate a promising career.
As embedded in the AISES logo, the Blazing Flame Award is presented to an individual who blazes a path for Native Americans in STEM careers. This award recognizes individuals with 10+ years of professional experience with significant accomplishments in advancing STEM education and careers. The nominee may or may not have a technical background.
The AISES Professional of the Year Award is presented for overall leadership and technical achievement. This individual is selected from among the top candidates submitted in all categories; therefore, individual nominations are not accepted for this award.
2016: Marie Capitan
The Professional of the Year:
2016: Karletta Chief, PhD
2015: Pat Gwin
2014: Dr. A. D. Cropper, Kalinago Carib
2013: Randall McKee, Cherokee
2012: Jeff Kinneeveauk, Inupiat Eskimo
2011: Jerry R. Roberson, D.V.M., Ph.D., Cherokee
2010: David Daniel, Cherokee
2009: Kimberley Oldham, Musgogee Nation
2008: Jason Cummings, Ph.D., Lumbee/Coharie
2007: Lorena Hegdal, Inupiaq Eskimo
2006: Frank Martinez, Navajo
2005: Nancy Jackson, Ph.D., Seneca Nation of New York
2004: Richard Kevin “Savik” Glenn, Inupiaq Eskimo
2016: Richard Johnson
2015: Mel Yawakie
2014: Mike Laverdure, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa
2013: Robbie E. Hood, Cherokee
2012: Linda Benson Kusumoto, Tsimshian Nation, Annette Island, Metlakatla
2011: Terry-Lee Braun, Seneca Nation
2010: Not awarded
2009: Olav Kjono, Mohawk
2008: CAPT. Jeffrey Trussler, Cherokee
2007: Gary Bishop, White Earth Ojibway
2006: Ray Hanes, Ph.D., Cherokee
2005: Johnpaul Jones, Choctaw/Cherokee
2004: Richard Stephens, Pala Band of Mission Indians
2016: Tara Astigarraga
2015: Sarah Lauff
2014: Joe Connolly, Haudenosaunee of the Onondaga Nation-Wolf Clan from Six Nations Reserve of the Grand River
2013: Lawrence Short Bull, Rosebud Sioux
2012: Christopher "Scott" Nordahl Ph.D., Doyon Limited, Alleut Alaskan Native
2011: Tony Ferguson, Citizen Band of Potowatomi
2010: Karen McDaniel, Navajo
2009: Robert Harper, Ph.D., Mississippi Choctaw
2008: Jacklin Adams, Wyandot
2007: Stanley Atcitty, Ph.D., Navajo
2006: Chris J. Cornelius, Ph.D., Oneida
2005: Mark Hakey, Abanaki tribe, St. Francis-Sokoki Band
2004: Not awarded
Most Promising Engineer or Scientist:
2016: Michael Dockry,PhD
2015: Franklin Dollar
2014: Mitchell Martin, Cherokee
2013: Kristina Halona, Navajo
2012: Lauren M. Wolf, Choctaw Tribe of Oklahoma
2011: Benjamin Mar, Cherokee
2010: Karletta Chief, Ph.D., Navajo
2009: Not awarded
2008: Nathaniel Todea, Navajo
2007: Tara Astigarraga, Choctaw
2006: Bevan Baas, Ph.D., Navajo
2005: John DeBassige, Ojibwe
2004: Aaron Thomas, Ph.D., Navajo
The Ely S. Parker Award is the highest honor bestowed by AISES, given in honor of a man who was the first recognized American Indian scientist/engineer. Parker made many civil engineering contributions and was a Chief of the Seneca and a Union Army General.
The purpose of the award is to recognize those Indian leaders who most clearly embody AISES’ mission and goals through their achievements and contributions to science, technology, engineering, and math. Members of the Board of Directors, officers, staff and corporate sponsors are not eligible.
The nominee must be an experienced American Indian or Alaska Native professional who has or has made significant contributions in STEM education or the STEM workforce. AISES membership is not required. The nominee will be evaluated on the following criteria:
The AISES Board of Directors will make a selection based upon the criteria listed above.
The awardee and nominating individual will be notified in early-August that the candidate has been chosen by AISES to receive the Ely S. Parker award. The awardee will be invited to accept the award at the 2017 National AISES Conference, which will be held September 21-23, 2017, in Denver, CO.
Nominations must be received by Midnight (MDT) on July 7, 2017.
1983 - A T (Andy) Anderson, Chemical Engineering (Seneca) - Awarded Posthumously
1984 - Phil Stevens, Engineering (Oglala Sioux)
1985 - Mary Ross, Mathematics & Aerospace Engineering (Cherokee)
1986 - Al Qöyawayma, Mechanical Engineering (Hopi)
1987 - Phil Lane Sr., Civil Engineering (Yankton Sioux)
1988 - Tom Dawson, Electrical Engineering (Cherokee)
1988 - Don Ridley, Aerospace Engineering (Shoshone)
1989 - Dr. Lois Steele, Medicine (Assiniboine)
1990 - Dr. George Blue Spruce, Dentist (Pueblo)
1992 - Fred Begay, Ph.D., Physics (Navajo)
1993 - Dr. Taylor MacKenzie, Medicine (Navajo)
1994 - Dwight Gourneau, Electrical Engineering & Physics (Chippewa)
1995 - Cliff Poodry, Ph.D., Biology (Seneca)
1996 - Fred Cooper, Ph.D., Civil Engineering (Shoalwater Bay)
1997 - Jane Mt. Pleasant, Ph.D., Agronomy & Soil Science (Tuscarora)
1998 - Dick French, Forestry (Yakama) - Awarded Posthumously
1999 - Robert Megginson, Ph.D., Mathematics (Lakota)
2000 - Jim May, Ph.D., Engineering/Business/ Library Science (Cherokee)
2001 - Carolyn Elgin, Ed.D., Educator (Choctaw)
2002 - Dr. Judith Kaur, Medicine (Choctaw/ Cherokee)
2003 - Carole Gardipe, Geology, (Penobscot)
2004 - Jerry Elliott, Physics, (Osage/Cherokee)
2005 - George Thomas, Engineering, (Cherokee)
2007 - Governor Joseph Garcia (Ohkay Owingeh)
2008 - Norbert S. Hill Jr. (Oneida)
2009 - Sandra Begay-Campbell (Navajo)
2010 - Dr. Robert Whitman (Navajo)
2011 - Everett Chavez (Kewa Pueblo)
2012 - Dr. Henrietta Mann (Cheyenne)
2013 - Bessie Newman Spicer (Navajo)
2014 - Dr. Jason Younker (Coquille)
2015 - Dr. Bret Benally-Thompson (White Earth Band of Ojibwe)
2016 - Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer (Citizen Potawatomi Nation)
AISES’ goal is to assist professional chapters in building and strengthening chapters to meet the AISES Mission and to encourage chapters to increase membership, build on current strengths and develop leadership among chapter members. The Professional Chapter Awards Program allows chapters to identify their strengths and recognize the accomplishments of their fellow chapters.
Deadline: September 8, 2017
This year, ALL registered professional chapters are invited to apply.
All application packets must adhere to the application guidelines:
All information submitted in the application should be based on previous year’s activities. No supplemental material will be accepted (i.e., newsletters, brochures, etc.).
Evaluation of Applications:
Criteria to keep in mind when completing the application process and compiling your summary of activities/events are:
Deadline: September 8, 2017
If you have any questions regarding the Professional Chapter of the Year awards you can contact Lisa Paz, Director of Membership, at email@example.com
With funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is able to bring up to 40 PhD students, post-doc professionals, and early-career faculty in Engineering* to the 2017 AISES National Conference for professional development workshops, cultural activities, and networking.
Travel Funding to the AISES National Conference (September 20-23)
How to Apply
If you have any questions, contact Kathy DeerInWater at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-552-6123 ext. 107. We hope to see you in September!
Recently, AISES received a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), and mentoring is a big part of it. The program, called Lighting the Pathways to Faculty Careers for Natives in STEM, is designed to boost the number of AISES members in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The long-term goal is to increase the representation of those members who pursue faculty positions in STEM disciplines at U.S. colleges and universities. The grant includes full-service mentoring to student participants. So clearly, we need mentors.
Those who sign up and become mentors as part of this special program are eligible to attend the AISES National Conference in Orlando, Florida, November 13-15. Your conference fee and travel expenses will be waived as part of the NSF grant.
If you have questions, please contact Kathy DeerInWater, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Research at email@example.com.
Posting jobs on the AISES website enables employers to advertise opportunities within their organizations to AISES’ top-talent membership of professionals, students, educators, and others in the STEM fields.
Thank You for Making the 2017 Leadership Summit a Success!
AISES’ Leadership Summit is aimed at providing Native higher education students and AISES professionals with in-depth professional development workshops and networking opportunities. Multiple sessions engage participants on such personal and professional development topics as “Maintaining Cultural Identity” to “Change Management: Managing Personal Change” and “Bridging Native Tradition within STEM.”
The Leadership Summit also offers networking opportunities for early to mid-career level professionals and Native students in STEM and fosters the matching of STEM professionals with STEM students for mentoring. Studies prove that building peer support networks and providing positive role models, mentors, and career development programs have profound effects on minority college students in STEM and, we all know, that it’s important for professionals too! This is why the Leadership Summit will focus on providing positive role models, training and matching STEM professionals as mentors with mentees, professional development workshops, and networking opportunities not only with peers, but with other Native students and professionals.
The major focus of the Leadership Summit is to build the skill and aptitude levels of AISES members in the realm of professional and career development- to better prepare them to attain and excel at jobs and careers in STEM fields.
Held annually since 1978, the AISES National Conference is a one-of-a-kind, three-day event convening high school juniors and seniors, college and graduate students, teachers, workforce professionals, corporate partners, and all members of the “AISES family.” The AISES National conference has become the premier event for Native American Science, Engineering & Math (STEM) professionals and students attracting over 1,600 attendees form across the country
The AISES 2017 National Conference will be in Denver, CO, September 21 – 23, 2017. For the latest information on the AISES National Conference click here. To ensure you receive notification updates about the upcoming National Conference, please be sure you sign-up for informational updates and our monthly newsletter.
AISES’ Regional Conferences take place every spring and provide an opportunity for AISES College and Professional Chapters to gather and share information, form partnerships, and to network with each other and with selected presenters and partners.
Each regional conference has a number of informative sessions and activities for both college and high school students. Among the activities provided are mini career fairs, poster presentations, and engineering competitions. AISES’ student representatives and the host chapters for the following year are selected at the regional conferences.
Local and national professionals within a variety of fields provide workshops, seminars, and discussion groups about a wide variety of topics. Generally, each Regional Conference host develops a theme or focus area for the Regional Conference (environmental, bridging native cultures with science, etc.).
The host chapter for the following spring’s regional conference is determined during the Regional Conference held each spring.
Chapters interested in hosting the regional conference indicate their interest in hosting and make a verbal presentation regarding their resources, planning, and ability to host the conference. Each college chapter in "Good Standing" is allowed one vote; the majority of votes determines the location of the regional conference.
Visit the events section to find upcoming Regional Conferences near you.
AISES’ Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) is a professional association of corporate representatives who are who support AISES in meet its mission of increasing the number of American Indians in STEM. The CAC provides industry advice and counsel for the AISES Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Directors by:
If you are interested in joining the Corporate Advisory Council, please contact Kellie Jewett-Fernandez, Director of Business and Program Development.