History of IASEA - 1996 to June 2005 (Farsi)
In 1995, an effort was spearheaded to start a professional civil engineering organization for the Iranian Civil Engineers in United States, which ultimately culminated in the present day IASEA.
As the level of interest grew, the first “formal”
meeting was held in the offices of the Avacon Engineering in Diamond
Bar. Twenty plus civil engineers were in attendance that day and a
number of opinions were expressed. After a couple of meetings in Diamond
Bar, a more central location was sought and the meetings were moved into
the City of Irvine.
In the early 1996, at the RBF offices, the first Board of Directors was elected to formally organize the Society, move toward adopting the by-laws, and secure the non-profit status for the group. The members of the first Board of Directors were Iraj Ghaemi, Reza Abassi, Leila Hajalilou, Nasser Abbaszadeh, and Shahab Nazarie.
Upon attaining the formal non-profit status, the first
Board of Directors felt that new elections should be held under the
newly registered by-laws. In September of 1996, elections were held and
the following individuals were elected as the second Board of Directors:
Sid Mousavi, Reza Abassi, Parviz Azar, Mir Fattahi, Arman Behtash, and
The new Board completed other basic tasks such as acquiring a voice mail
and establishing a formalized method of disseminating meeting program
agendas. Initially five and ultimately three committees were formed to
handle the miscellaneous routine and special events such as
fund-raisings and the Persian New Year’s celebrations. Largely through
the efforts of Massoud Vatankhahy, editor-in-chief, the first issue of
the Society Newsletter was published in March of 1997. The Society also
adopted its own unique emblem, the one that graces all Society
materials, as a symbol of the organization.
In January 1998, the third Board of Directors was
elected and took office in April: Nasser Abbaszadeh, Mir Fattahi, David
Niknafs, Souri Amirani, Farhad Alamolhoda, and Ali Pakzad. The third
Board unveiled a programmatic approach for its term in the office.
Selection of the Engineer of the Year was promoted and the Society
introduced its choice for the first Civil Engineer of the Year in
October 1998. The Board also stressed the importance of an educational
scholarship and established guidelines for an award in the amount of
$500. The Society also secured its tax exemption status with the IRS and
the State of California in 1998 as well as establishing this home-page
on the Internet.
In January 1999, the fourth Board of Directors was
elected to take office in April 1999: John Oskoui, Sid Mousavi, David
Niknafs, Simin Arazbegi, George Boghossian, and Reza Abassi.
In January 2000, the fifth Board of Directors was
elected and took office in April 2000: Fred Marzara, Shafi Sharifan,
George Boghossian, Keyvon Pirbazari, and Ali Pakzad.
In January 2001, the sixth Board of Directors was
elected: George Boghossian, Nasser Abbaszadeh, Massoud Vatankhahi, Mir
T. Fattahi, and Fred Marzara.
In January 2002, the seventh Board of Directors was
elected: George Boghossian, Yazdan Emrani, Ali Khezry, Bahman Safyari,
and M. Reza Mehranpour.
In January 2003, the Society adopted a By-Laws Amendment
and changed its election procedures. Under the new guidelines, only the
“Treasurer” position is elected for the first year. In year two, the
Treasurer becomes Vice-chair; in year three, the Chairperson, and in
years four and five still serves the Board as Past Chair.
New elections were held in February 2003, and the following individuals were selected as the eighth Board of Directors for 2003: Mr. Massoud Vatankhahi, Chairperson; Mr. Mir T. Fattahi, Vice-chair; Mr. Nasser Abbaszadeh, Treasurer; Mr. George Boghosssian, Past Chair; and Fred Marzara, Past Chair.
The ninth Board-members for the year 2004 were: Mr.
Mir T. Fattahi, Chairerson; Mr. Nasser Abbaszadeh, Vice-chair, Mr.
Mohammad Heiat, Treasurer; Mr. Massoud Vatankhahi, Past Chair, and
Mr. George Boghossian, Past Chair.