Epstein’s Mark Rustin, a member of our architectural design studio and dedicated counselor to the ACE Mentor Chicago program, has just been named to the Associate Board of ACE Mentor Chicago. The Associate Board acts as the bridge between the ACE mentors and the ACE Board of Directors. This group helps organize a fundraiser each year, assists with creating & organizing mentor/mentee teams, recruits new AEC firms, like Epstein, to join the mentoring program, and ensures that all ACE teams have the resources and guidance they need to succeed each year. Additionally, the Associate Board also has special committees that work directly with the Board of Director committees in organizing events and helping the program grow.
For those of you not familiar with ACE, its mission is to inform and excite high-school students about career opportunities in architecture, construction and engineering; encourage students to pursue secondary and post-secondary education that will prepare them for careers in the integrated construction industry; and support the development of basic and technical skills through mentoring relationships.
ACE Mentor Chicago was established in 2000 and since its founding the group has touched the lives of more than 1,500 high school juniors and seniors from 36 Chicago public schools. ACE Chicago places a special focus on recruiting minority and female students; groups that are significantly under-represented in the construction and design industry, and in professional occupations overall. 93% of ACE Chicago participants are minority and 30% are female.
Mark presenting current Epstein intern, Victoria Piekarz, her internship scholarship at the annual ACE Mentor Chicago Awards Night held this past April.
Congratulation Mark on this great appointment – we are very proud of you and all of your incredible efforts on behalf of ACE!