At their most recent meeting in October, the AACE International Technical Board arrived a day early to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans. Organized by Technical Board Chair, Larry Dysert, the “techies” worked together as a team on construction of a new home in an area of New Orleans that was severely damaged by hurricane Katrina back in August of 2005 causing 80% of the city to flood, with some parts under 15 feet of water.
Clockwise from top to bottom: Peter R. Bredehoeft, Jr. CEP, Director of RP's; Kul B. Uppal PE CEP, Director of Technical Committees; Richard A. Selg CCE, Director of Government Liaison; Larry R. Dysert CCC CEP, Technical Board Chair; Todd Pickett CCC CEP, Director of PPGs/CEN & SIGs; H. Lance Stephenson CCC, Director At-Large; Robert B. Brown PE, Director of Terminology; James D. Whiteside, II PE, Director At-Large; and Christian Heller, Headquarters Liaison.
From L to R: James D. Whiteside, II PE, Director At-Large; Kul B. Uppal PE CEP, Director of Technical Committees; and Todd Pickett CCC CEP, Director of PPGs/CEN & SIGs
“Having hosted numerous board meetings and our 49th Annual Meeting, just two months before the city was devastated, New Orleans has a special meaning for AACE, and it feels good to ‘do the right thing’ by helping to reconstruct this wonderful city,” said Larry R. Dysert CCC CEP, Chair of AACE’s Technical Board. “We [the Technical Board] are planning on making participation in charitable events, such as the Habitat for Humanity, a regular occurrence and we are hoping to encourage other leadership groups in AACE to do something similar as well”, Dysert noted.
The following two days the Technical Board reconvened for its regular business activities, including selecting the technical program for the 2011 Annual Meeting, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, where AACE is potentially holding its 2014 and 2019 Annual Meetings.