ESD believes strongly in the power of mentoring, as it is a key to building our future.
The ACE Mentor Program of America (ACE), founded in 1994, is a free, award-winning, afterschool program designed to encourage high school students to pursue careers in the Architecture, Construction and Engineering industry, including skilled trades. The program currently has a presence in more than 200 cities in America and is still growing.
ESD has championed the ACE Chicago Mentor Program for several years, raising money and hosting interns in our Chicago office. Currently, Andrew Lehrer, Practice Leader, is an ACE Chicago Executive Board member.
Recently, our participation in the program has grown. Nicholas Modugno, Dominic Montoia and Brendan Tyler of our New York office have joined the ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York City. The trio was looking for ways to give back to their local community and found the ACE Mentor Program to be the perfect opportunity.
On Jan. 19, Modugno, Montia and Tyler presented a virtual introduction of mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineering to 30 local high school students. Reflecting on their own experiences, they were excited to share with the high schoolers the professional possibilities an engineering degree can provide. They feel arming the students with this information when they are in high school will help guide them in their future academic decisions.