The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. The YSEA is an Alliance Partner with FIRST, providing sponsors, volunteers and expertise to teams, events and to FIRST. Learn more about FIRST at firstinspires.org
Founded in 1914, YSEA is one of the oldest university alumni organizations in the world with a focus on issues in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Our mission is to connect alumni with students, the University, and each other to strengthen the Yale science and engineering community.
While approximately half of our members hold science degrees, and a similar number hold engineering degrees, some of our members are musicians, writers, or other humanities graduates. We're interdisciplinary: science, engineering, and society all influence each other, and our members care about how the pieces fit together.
The Yale Science & Engineering Association is proud to announce the recipients of the 2020 Distinguished Yale Alumni Awards.
YSEA Award for Distinguished Service to Industry, Commerce or Education
Eileen K. Pollack ’78 Physics, Professor Emerita of English Language and Literature, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, University of Michigan, Author of The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science Is Still a Boys’ Club.
YSEA Award for Meritorious Service to Yale University
Joseph A. Cerro ’89 Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, Technologist & Life Sciences Consultant, Past President of the Yale Science & Engineering Association.
Elie K. Track Ph.D. ’88 Physics, CEO of nVizix LLC, IEEE Fellow, Past President of the Yale Science & Engineering Association.
YSEA Award for Advancement of Basic and Applied Science
Gary A. Chanan ’70 Physics, Professor Emeritus of Physics & Astronomy, University of California Irvine.