ESD Committee & Volunteer Opportunities

 To volunteer for one of the programs or committees below, please contact the staff liaison listed.

Affiliate Council
Chair: Pranab Saha, PhD, PE, INCE Bd Cert, Secretary/Treasurer;Principal Consultant Kolano and Saha Engineers, Inc.
Meets: Monthly
Goal: To encourage cross-society cooperation and communication among officers of the engineering, scientific and construction Affiliate Societies by conducting activities that fulfill common interests and goals. To enhance and broaden the knowledge of Engineering and the Sciences as multi-faceted and varied disciplines through involvement of the Affiliate Societies in educational activities and student programs.

Alpha Awards Committee
Chair: Don Bramlett, PE, SMIEEE, FM, FESD, Senior Project Engineer - Fossil Fuels, DTE Energy
Meets: 4 – 5 times per year
Goal: To recognize and celebrate the creative and original ideas of men and women in the engineering and technology professions.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
Co-Chair: Edward F. Hartfield, Executive Director, The Hartfield Resolution Group
Co-Chair: Michael T. Lynch, Esq., Associate, Corporate Counsel, Harley Ellis Devereaux
Mission: Concerns itself with the practice of alternative dispute resolution methods including without limitation mediation, arbitration, collaborative law and facilitation pertaining to the fair, efficient and sustainable resolution of conflicts and disputes in the fields of the engineering and technical professions, construction and design, industry and business and the public sector for the betterment of society.

Awards Committee
Chair: Mumtaz A. Usmen, PhD, PE, FESD, Professor, Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Wayne State University
Meets: 2–3 times per year
Goal: Recognize leaders who promote quality in the engineering and scientific professions.

College of Fellows Executive Committee
Chair: Sue Littles, FESD, Lead Architectural Designer and CAD Administrator, DTE Energy
Meets: 3 times per year
Goal: Identifies fellow nominees, offers advice and support to ESD’s staff and committees when needed.
Eligibility: Fellows only.

Construction & Design Awards Committee
Chair: Robert A. Stevenson, PE, FESD, LEED AP, Senior Vice President/Partner, GHAFARI Associates, L.L.C.
Meets: 5- 6 times per year
Goal: Oversee the Construction and Design Awards Program

Construction & Design Committee
Chair: Robert A. Stevenson, PE, FESD, LEED AP, Senior Vice President/Partner, GHAFARI Associates, L.L.C.
Meets: Bi-monthly
Goal:Provide an ESD members forum and cutting edge programs in the Construction and Design arena

Corporate Member Orientations
Goal: Perform onsite presentations of ESD member benefits to companies.

Economic Forecast for Design and Construction Committee
Chair: Robert P. Washer, FESD, President, MICCO Construction, LLC
Meets:  5 – 6 times per year
Goal: Presents a yearly economic forecast in the construction and design arena and selects an award recipient.

Energy Conference Planning Committee
Chair: Kenneth Randazzo, Manager, DTE Energy
Meets: 6 times per year
Goal: To develop a conference agenda proving businesses with more efficient and productive ways to use energy.

Engineering SMArT Detroit™ Volunteer Mentors
Goal: To provide high school students with real-world application of science, math, architecture and technology, which will enable them to address critical energy and environmental challenges in their local communities. The engineer mentor will work with a professional teacher and other team members to assist in teaching and coaching student teams in designing energy efficient homes. The projects are then brought to a final competition in May where students can win scholarships and other prizes.
Time Commitment: Class time is one hour per week during the school day for fifteen weeks. Multiple engineers per school can share the time commitment. The program starts at the end of January and completes with the final competition at the end of May. Prior training with the learning modules will be offered in the fall, leading up to the start of the program.

Executive Committee
President: Kouhaila G. Hammer, CPA, President & CEO, Ghafari Associates, LLC
Eligibility: Appointed by the Board

Facilities Committee
Meets: As needed
Goal: Develops strategy for headquarters and oversees facility management.

Finance/Audit Committee
Chair: Stephen E. Kurmas, PE, FESD, President & COO – Detroit Edison, DTE Energy
Meets: 3 times per year
Goal: Work with staff and assistant controller to develop budgets, review financial statements and monitor the Society’s investments.

Goal: To support ESD’s fundraising efforts to sustain and build upon our community outreach and educational programs. 

Future City Judges
Goal: Engineers are needed to act as a judge for each of the three stages of the Future City competition:  
(1) SimCity design judge
(2) Essay Judges
(3) Competition judge

Future City Mentors
Goal: The engineer mentor is a key part of this program.  The mentor acts as a technical advisor, working with the team through all phases of the competition—computer design, essay, abstract, model construction and presentation.
Time commitment: As a mentor, you would work with the teacher to find a time that works for both of you.  You should also be available via phone and/or email to answer questions.  Mentors typically spend an hour or two a week or every other week between September and January advising their team.

Member Benefits Committee
Chair: John Fillion, Retired, Chrysler, LLC
Meets: Monthly
Goal: Identify and negotiate discounted professional and personal benefits for ESD members and the 103 Technical Affiliated Society members.

Member Orientations
Goal: To work with staff to promote fellowship and value to our members and allied professionals. Member orientations take place monthly at ESD headquarters.

Membership Ambassador Council
Chair: Alan Jacobson, Product Manager, Ford Motor Company
Meets: Bimonthly
Goal: Identify and recruit new individual and corporate members.

Nominating Committee
Chair: Mr. David S. Meynell, FESD, Chairman & President, Dürr Systems, Inc.
Meets: 3 times per year
Goal: Identifies industry leaders to serve on Board.

Technology Century Editorial Board
Chair: Thomas M. Doran, PE, FESD, Retired, Principal/Vice President, Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc.
Meets: Bi-monthly
Goal: Comprised of technical and communications professionals to develop the editorial focus for each issue of Technology Century magazine, make suggestions for potential authors, review stories for publication and advise the ESD Board of Directors on publication issues.

Solid Waste Committee
Chair: Adam Larky, PE, Client Manager, Cornerstone Environmental Group, LLC
Meets: 5 – 6 times per year
Goal: Identify current and interesting trends in waste management to serve as potential conference discussion topics.

Speakers Bureau
Goal: To connect technical professionals with educators and others who need their expertise. Engineers, architects and other allied professionals are encouraged to participate.

Special Interest Groups:

  • Aeorspace/Defense/Homeland Security
  • Biomedical
  • Environmental/Green/Sustainabiliby
  • Water Quality/Conservation

Student & Young Engineer Awards Committee
Chair: Andrew Gerhart, PhD, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Lawrence Technological University
Meets: 2 – 3 times per year
Goal: Identify outstanding students and young engineers to be honored at the Annual Dinner

Volunteer Pool
Goal: Join ESD’s volunteer pool and get involved when and where you want.  ESD has many volunteer opportunities throughout the year. 

Young Engineers Council
Chair: James M. Safran, PE, President, Beaumont Services Company, LLC
Meets: Monthly (excluding June through August)
Goal: To serve professionals under thirty-five years of age, during the early stages of personal and professional development. Strategies to recruit new young members and identify networking opportunities and events. Oversee ESD Job Fair.

Goal: To serve professionals under thirty-five years of age, during the early stages of personal and professional development.  Strategies to recruit new young members and identify networking opportunities and events.  Oversee ESD Job Fair


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