MILESTONES ALONG ACE’S 25 YEARS OF SUCCESS

Over 25 years, ACE has grown from the germ of an idea into an effective national organization powered by the commitment of volunteer mentors and supported by generous design and construction industry firms.  

Along its road of success, ACE has excited tens of thousands of high school students about industry careers, earned prestigious awards, and distributed $19 million in scholarships. This timeline shows major milestones in ACE’s history.

  • GENESIS

    GENESIS

    Original idea was to recruit diverse students into engineering

     

  • FORMAL LAUNCH

    FORMAL LAUNCH

    Birth of ACE, New York City, 17 participating firms, 3 teams, 90 students

  • SCHOLARSHIPS

    SCHOLARSHIPS

    First scholarships awarded

  • ACE SPREADS

    ACE SPREADS

    ACE spreads to Connecticut and a year later to New Jersey

  • MAJOR EXPANSION

    MAJOR EXPANSION

    7 Affiliates in 6 states and Washington, DC

    810 students

    260 mentors

  • RECOGNITION

    RECOGNITION

    In recognition of his founding ACE, Charlie Thornton receives Engineering News Record’s Award of Excellence

  • ACE INCORPORATED

    ACE INCORPORATED

    Incorporated as national non-profit organization

  • GROWTH

    GROWTH

    17 Affiliates

    12 States and Washington, DC

    2,710 students

    725 mentors

  • ACE NATIONAL OFFICE

    ACE NATIONAL OFFICE

    Full-time executive director hired and national office established

  • PUBLICATION

    PUBLICATION

    Engineering News-Record publishes first annual ACE Yearbook

  • 1ST DESIGN COMPETITION

    1ST DESIGN COMPETITION

    Construction Industry Roundtable creates first annual National Design and Construction Competition

  • 1ST NATIONAL CONFERENCE

    1ST NATIONAL CONFERENCE

    Affiliate leaders meet in New Orleans. Four subsequent conferences including Washington, DC (2019).  Conferences now occur biennially.

  • STAFFING UP

    STAFFING UP

    First of four Regional Directors hired to assist affiliates and help expand program

  • PRESIDENTIAL AWARD

    PRESIDENTIAL AWARD

    ACE earns Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, presented at the White House.

  • SUMMER CAMPS

    SUMMER CAMPS

    First of five residential summer camps organized for California students.  Starting in 2017 the University of Colorado Denver ran the camp for students in Western region.

  • OUTSTANDING MENTORS

    OUTSTANDING MENTORS

    ACE-ENR Outstanding Mentor Award program begins

  • 65 AFFILIATES

    65 AFFILIATES

    65 affiliates

    33 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico

    6,623 students

    1,335 mentors

  • AIA HONORS

    AIA HONORS

    ACE wins AIA’s Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement

  • AMERICAN GRADUATE DAY

    AMERICAN GRADUATE DAY

    ACE featured in three annual national TV broadcasts of American Graduate Day 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FK0fSO3uZ3M 
  • DIVERSITY RECOGNITION

    DIVERSITY RECOGNITION

    AIA bestows its Diversity Recognition Program award on ACE

  • ACE THRIVES

    ACE THRIVES

    74 affiliates in 36 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico

    10,000 students

    4,200 mentors

    $2.4 million in scholarships

  • GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY

    GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY

    By the Golden Anniversary celebration, ACE will generate even more talent for the design and construction industry!

ACE REGIONS & AFFILIATE PROGRAMS

ALABAMA
ARIZONA
CALIFORNIA
COLORADO
CONNECTICUT
DELAWARE
FLORIDA
GEORGIA
HAWAII
IDAHO
ILLINOIS
INDIANA
IOWA
KANSAS
KENTUCKY
LOUISIANA
MAINE
MARYLAND
MASSACHUSETTS
MICHIGAN
MINNESOTA
MISSOURI
NEBRASKA
NEVADA
NEW HAMPSHIRE
NEW JERSEY
NEW MEXICO
NEW YORK
NORTH CAROLINA
OHIO
OREGON
PENNSYLVANIA
PUERTO RICO
RHODE ISLAND
SOUTH CAROLINA
TENNESSEE
TEXAS
UTAH
VIRGINIA
WASHINGTON
WASHINGTON, DC
WISCONSIN