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American Indian Science and Engineering Society
American Indian Science and Engineering Society

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) was founded in 1977 with the mission to substantially increase the representation of American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Pacific Islanders in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) related fields. Using a “full circle of support” model, AISES programs serve the organization’s members as pre-college and college students, professionals, mentors, and leaders.

Housed in Portland State University’s Native American Student & Community Center, the PSU AISES chapter is one of 180 college and university AISES chapters in the United States and Canada. Participation is open to all interested Portland State students, faculty, and staff. The PSU chapter received the Outreach and Community Service Chapter Award, given by the national AISES organization, for its inclusiveness, as participation in open events and community service regularly includes members of the native and non-native PSU community.

The PSU AISES chapter, which meets once a week during the academic year, provides Portland State students, faculty, and staff with opportunities for both civic engagement and personal professional growth. PSU AISES members regularly attend the AISES National Conference and have hosted AISES Regional Conferences. PSU hosted the region 1 conference in 2013 and 2018. The conferences provide opportunities for pre-college and college students to gather and share information, form partnerships, and to network with each other and with selected presenters and AISES partners.  

Associate Professor Tim Anderson (Engineering and Technology Management) serves as the PSU AISES chapter’s faculty mentor.

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