American Indian Science and Engineering Society

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American Indian Science and Engineering Society
AISES logo.jpg
Founded 1977
Founder Arnold Anderson
Al Qöyawayma
Carol Gardipe
George Thomas
Jerry Elliot
Jim Shorty
Type 501(c)(3)[1]
Focus Native American education
Area served
United States and Canada
c. 4000[2]
Key people
Sarah EchoHawk (Pawnee)
Chief Executive Officer
Endowment $1,000,000 - $4,999,999[1]
10 to 29 FTE[1]
Slogan A Universe of Opportunities

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit professional association with the goal of substantially increasing American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, First Nation and other indigenous peoples of North America representation in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and other related disciplines. Its headquarters is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As of May 1, 2013, Sarah EchoHawk is the Chief Executive Officer.[citation needed]


AISES was founded in 1977, by American Indian scientists: Manhattan Project scientist and Mohawk, Arnold Anderson, Al Qöyawayma, Carol Gardipe, George Thomas (Cherokee), Jerry Elliott (Cherokee/Osage), Alex Labadie (Osage) and Jim Shorty (Navajo).[3]

Since its founding, the society has held the annual, three-day AISES National Conference, which includes the largest job fair in Indian country.[4]


As of 2011, AISES has 177 chartered college and university chapters and 13 professional chapters in the US and Canada. In addition, 150 affiliated K-12 schools enroll in excess of 45,000 Native American students.[2]

Winds of Change magazine[edit]

AISES publishes Winds of Change, a quarterly magazine on science, technology, engineering and math fields and Native Americans.[5]


In 2012, AISES administered four merit-based, college scholarship programs:[6]

  • A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship—offered since 1983 to its members in the fields of math, science, medicine, engineering, physical science, natural resources, and technology.[7]
  • AISES Google Scholarship
  • AISES Intel Scholarship
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Foundation Scholarship


In 2011, the San Juan College branch of AISES earned the National Student Chapter of the Year award, the first community college to earn the national award formerly given at top schools such as Stanford University and the University of California, Los Angeles.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "American Indian Science and Engineering Society". United Way of Central New Mexico. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "AISES's Mission". American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Retrieved 2016-05-11. 
  3. ^ "American Indian Science & Engineering Society: 2008 Annual Report" (PDF). American Indian Science and Engineering Society. 2008. p. 1. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ "AISES National Conference". American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Archived from the original on December 27, 2011. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Winds of Change Magazine". Archived from the original on September 11, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  6. ^ "AISES Scholarship Programs". Archived from the original on September 19, 2012. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  7. ^ "A. T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship". North Carolina State University. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  8. ^ "SJC first community college to win award". The Daily Times. Farmington, New Mexico. December 7, 2011. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 


Further reading[edit]

  • Begay-Campbell, Sandra (2002). "American Indian Science and Engineering Society". In National Academy of Engineering. Committee on Diversity in the Engineering Workforce. Diversity in Engineering: Managing the Workforce of the Future. National Academies Press. ISBN 978-0-309-08429-1. 
  • Eggleston, Emily (December 1, 2011). "MMSD teacher receives 2011 Woman of Achievement award". Madison Commons. University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Journalism. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 

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