ACE Mentor Program

STEM Premier Student Spotlight: Akporesiri Omene

STEM Premier is proud to partner with professional and educational national organizations across the country. These partnerships enhance the effectiveness of our engagement with students in a mutually beneficial way. As a result, students are better able to leverage experience gained from their organization involvement and showcase themselves more effectively to colleges and industries. 

This week, we took the time to interview Akporesiri Omene from Chicago, Illinois. Akporesiri is a student at the Illinois Institute of Technology majoring in civil engineering. While in high school, he was a highly-involved member of ACE Mentor Program of America - a proud partner of ours! ACE Mentor Program fosters and mentors students who wish to pursue careers in architecture, construction, and engineering. With STEM Premier, Akporesiri can stay connected with ACE Mentor Program; even after his participation in high school. 

We wanted to learn more from Akporesiri about his involvement with ACE and STEM Premier, so we checked in to ask him a few questions. Read what he had to say below.

Why did you join ACE?

I joined ACE because I was unsure if I wanted to go into engineering or another field. I wanted to make sure that I wanted to get into the career path that was best for me. Also, I was attracted to the interactivity of the program and the fact that it has a hands-on approach to learning architecture and engineering.

What do like most about being part of ACE?

The companies that we worked with proved to be a huge networking resource. It’s not everyday that you get to work alongside professionals in your desired career path.

This mentorship had a twofold impact. The first was that we had the opportunity to gain insider knowledge about the industry so that we could get a feel of what we wanted to do. The second was that it provided an opportunity to look to our mentors for job opportunities and further mentoring.

As a bonus, I was able to get into the design-build program that ACE offers every year. I’m glad that I was a part of it, because my year happened to produce the largest and most successful design-build project in the organization’s history.

How has STEM Premier enhanced your involvement with ACE?

STEM Premier has allowed me to continue being a part of ACE. Although I am not an active member anymore, it is still nice to be a part of a community of like-minded, ambitious, and goal-oriented students and mentors. STEM Premier has made it easier for me to keep in contact with my previous mentors and contribute to the ACE Mentor community.

We were excited to hear how important of a role ACE and STEM Premier have played in Akporesiri’s professional endeavors. However, we also wanted Akporesiri to be able to show off his personality a bit, so here’s more about him in his own words!

Something you wouldn't know about me is…that I enjoy listening to music and walking in the drenching rain, especially after a long, stressful day. It’s very tranquil and surreal.

For fun, I like to….I listen to J-Pop and J-Rock (Japanese Pop and Rock music).

If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, I would want to meetformer President Barack Obama and his family. It would be clutch to hang and chill with a Chicago native and learn about what it’s like to be President, and about life in general.

The best teacher I’ve ever had was/is….Mr. Craig. He was my high school math teacher. I appreciated how he took complicated math concepts and broke it down so that I could understand. He was also just a cool and chill guy in general.

The last app I downloaded on my phone was….Instagram. I’m getting more into it, to be honest.

After high school, my next step isto gain connections, skills, and experience both inside and outside of my university curriculum in order to become one of the best engineers out there.

In ten years, I see myself….travelling the world and performing engineering work around the globe wherever the need is the greatest.

My greatest dream isto revolutionize the infrastructure of Chicago, the United States, and eventually the world.

The thing I like about STEM Premier most iswell, what’s there NOT to love?

Thanks for catching up with us Akporesiri! We wish you the best as you pursue your studies and your dreams of revolutionizing the world. Keep up the great work!

ACE Mentor Program is Building the Foundation for Students Interested in the Design and Construction Industry

They say that the best way to learn how to do something is to just do it.

That simple advice represents the philosophy behind the approach of The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc., our newest partner in the effort to enhance STEM education and career pathways for students across the U.S.

ACE (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) is a mentorship program which pairs teams of high school students with practicing professionals drawn from all segments of  the design and construction industry. Student teams work on a design project as their mentors advise them on practical, real-world techniques, roles, and terminology used in the industry.

ACE affiliates or chapters operate in 33 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The student and mentor teams meet after school about 15 times during the academic year to collaborate on simulated, but realistic design projects which they present at the conclusion of the year. No fees are required. 

Since 1994 -- the year of ACE’s inception -- more than 30,000 students have participated in the program. Afterwards, many have remained involved with the organization through their mentor relationships and professional opportunities.

In addition to its core mission of mentoring, ACE also offers scholarships to students interested in pursuing architecture, construction, and engineering in college or skilled crafts programs. To date, ACE has awarded over $14 million in scholarships to deserving students.

ACE focuses primarily on students who seek careers in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, construction management as well as mechanical, structural, electrical, environmental, and civil engineering. With thousands of students on STEM Premier’s platform who are interested in these specific vocations, we are proud to be partners with The ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc., and we hope to learn much from each other as we work together towards creating career pathways for these students. After all, the best way to learn is to do.

For more information about ACE, visit