Board of Directors

Ashraf Habibullah
Computers & Structures, Inc.


Jax Kneppers, Chief Executive Officer 
Jax Kneppers Associates, Inc.

EAA is doing so much more then bringing professional Engineers into the classroom. In a broader view, it is exposing students to a world of professional career paths and opening up an new vision for students to consider whether it be in Engineering, Architecture, or even law or business.

Steve Cetrone, Chief Operating Officer 
Oliver & Company

Ongoing California educational funding challenges are definitely impacting the quality of education across all subjects. Even if the programs exist, students have a hard time making real-life connections between their studies and what it can mean in the real world. EAA’s program is an ideal way for teachers to enhance their math, engineering and art programs – and give kids a glimpse of a possible career and some great incentive to do well in school. I’ve been on the Board for four years now and I never get tired of seeing the creativity and enthusiasm kids bring to their bridge projects.

David Nicholson, Chief Financial Officer 
S.E. Retired

I am pleased to be a part of this wonderful program.

William Kotterman, Vice President, Technology 

My goal for the EAA program is not only to inspire another generation of engineers, but to foster an appreciation for the engineering and architecture solutions that comprise civilization as we know it. Through this process we have a wonderful and powerful opportunity to assist in developing a students’ technical literacy, critical and team-oriented problem solving skills, and public speaking abilities. To this extent we can ensure that the EAA program positively impacts all students for years to come, regardless of the career that they choose.

Patrick Murren, Vice President, Student Impact Project
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

The EAA SIP bridge project inspires students to design and create, encourages experimental learning rooted in scientific and physical analysis, and demonstrates the indissolubility of efficient, meaningful design from art. Each year, it is a marvel to witness the student bridge-building teams discover and internalize these lessons and, in doing so, develop their skills through previously unexplored avenues. Indeed, the EAA program elevates the design profession, opens doors for students, inspires skill development, and does so with powerful efficacy. As an engineer and former educator, I am additionally interested in working with teachers to show how multidisciplinary, team-based design projects, such as the EAA SIP, can both satisfy state curriculum standards as well as develop the higher-order skills – application of technical principles, critical analysis, invention – that form the capstone of pedagogical philosophy.

Thomas Byrne
Eric Chen
Principal – Chen Consulting LLC

Young people need to learn how exciting and rewarding the work of civil engineers can be. And we need to encourage them to choose engineering as their profession to address our country’s infrastructure deficit and ensure the United States remains an engineering leader in the 21st century. EAA has proven how effective it can be at achieving these goals. I am delighted to join the outstanding volunteers who have enabled EAA to advance its worthwhile mission.

Kit Ratcliff
Ratcliff Architects

I became familiar with EAA by attending a classroom to watch the students working on their bridge project and then attended the final presentation of their projects. I was very impressed at how in this one Student Impact Project the students are exposed to so many experiences which will be vitally important for them as their lives unfold: teamwork, creative problem solving, written and verbal expression, working on tangible problems for society. It is a very significant, one of a kind opportunity within the K-12 environment. I am very committed to it.

Laura Whitehurst , Vice President, Student Impact Project 
Walter P Moore and Associates

EAA is a multi-disciplinary program that excels at integrating science, math, engineering, art, and communication skills. Moreover, by introducing the students to young, practicing engineers, engineering as a profession is personified and becomes more familiar and less abstract. I’m excited to be a part of such a great organization, and I want to help extend its reach throughout the Bay Area, California, and maybe one day even nationally.

Barry Anderson 

Having a more diverse and locally grown next generation of engineers will benefit all industries. That’s why I support the vision and purpose of the Engineers Alliance for the Arts.

Heather Meeker
O’Melveny & Myers, LLC
Paul Rodriguez
Aon Risk Solutions
Michelle Lehman
Executive Director




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