Who We Are

What is ACESS?

ACESS is a 501(c)(3) organization consisting of technical and scientific societies with an organized speaking voice for the technical community.  ACESS represents over 3000 engineers, scientists and technicians in the greater Akron area.  Membership is open to all disciplines of science and technology from both industry and academia.

Who is ACESS?

ACESS is comprised of the membership of the local sections of the following societies:
  • ACM Association for Computing Machinery
  • ACS American Chemical Society
  • ACS Rubber Division
  • ADSPE Akron District Society of Professional Engineers
  • AIA Archeology Institute of America
  • AIChE American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • APCAkron Physics Club
  • ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers
  • ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers
  • ASME American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • ASSP American Society of Safety Professionals
  • IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
  • MSNO Microscopy Society of Northeast Ohio
  • SME Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • SPE Society of Plastics Engineers

ACESS Activities

An Annual Scholarship Winner award to two outstanding local university students.The annual selection of an outstanding Akron Area citizen for the Distinguished Award of Council.  This honors the recipient for involvement in civic activities as well as for technical and managerial abilities. The annual selection of an outstanding ACESS member for the ACESS Award.  This honors the recipient for outstanding contributions to the Akron Council of Engineering and Scientific Societies.The recruiting of judges for the Akron Science and Technology Expo in the public schools and for the Western Reserve District Science Day.The furnishing of office services for member societies.The publishing of a list of speakers for local schools and other organizations.The sponsorship of an annual Honors and Awards Banquet to recognize outstanding technical people and to strengthen the ties among the members of ACESS, the academic world and the distinguished leaders of local industry.The conducting of seminars on timely technical matters pertinent to community interests.The availability of aid for career planning for Akron area students.

Student Outreach Goals

  • To promote interest in science and mathematics in K-12 students
  • To encourage pursuit of careers in science, engineering and technology related disciplines
  • To encourage higher level technical education in local institutions
  • To provide technical career opportunities locally
  • To provide a tie between science, physics and mathematics educators and the technical community

Student Programs

  • Teacher Workshops
  • Teacher co-op work programs
  • Work/scholarship opportunities
  • Expansion of volunteer efforts
  • Career shadowing
  • Leverage resources to provide wider coverage for existing programs such as:
  • World in Motion
  • Olympiad of the Mind
The Mission of ACESS is to enhance the technical environment in the Akron area through coordination and cooperation with the technical societies, industry and academia.
ACESS provides broad industrial and academic representation and a widely diversified science and technology source.  Detached from special interest groups, it offers an excellent opportunity for effective informative public service.

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