The power of a place is created by the ideas and deeds of people who occupy it. One Walnut Street in Boston is more than a building. It is the home of The Engineering Center Education Trust, a wellspring for the community of engineers, surveyors, and allied professionals whose creative energies ease our daily lives and make our world work.
TECET also cultivates an atmosphere for learning and professional camaraderie through technical meetings, educational and professional development programs, a library, web site, grants, and events to inspire increased public awareness of our profession, and provides a permanent home for our engineering and land surveying societies.
The Engineering Center Education Trust is an educational and charitable nonprofit trust and owner of One Walnut Street in Boston. Since October 1989, TECET has fostered education of engineers, surveyors, and allied professionals with emphasis on life-long learning. TECET provides a home for professional and technical meetings, public outreach, and society management.
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A twelve-person Board of Trustees consisting of four representatives from each of the following sponsoring societies governs TECET:
American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts
The American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts (ACEC/MA) is the business association for engineering firms. Our members include over 110 of the leading engineering firms in Massachusetts and Rhode Island ranging in size from single employee entrepreneurs to branch offices and headquarters of national firms. ACEC/MA is dedicated to assisting its members in achieving higher professional, ethical, business and economic standards to provide quality consulting engineering services for their clients and the public.
Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section
The Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (BSCES) is a professional organization that excels in its technical programs, enhances the professional growth of its members, advances engineering knowledge and works to improve the standards of practice.
Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers
The Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers (MALSCE) promotes professional land surveying registration and provides professional development programs for surveyors, engineers and related professionals throughout the state. We have over 600 individual members in five chapters throughout Massachusetts. In cooperation with The Engineering Center, MALSCE enhances the land surveying and engineering professions.
New England Intelligent Transportation Society
The New England Intelligent Transportation Society of Massachusetts (New England ITS) serves as a forum and resource for ITS and increased awareness of ITS, and serves as an advocate and champion to mainstream ITS technologies and services. We carry out this mission in cooperation with our members and partners, now and into the future. Our goal is to increase awareness of local ITS projects and ITS benefits among local policymakers, political leaders and the general public. Our objective is to establish ITS Massachusetts as a resource for information on regional and local ITS projects and benefits.
In 1989, TECET became steward of One Walnut Street. Its interior is exquisitely detailed in Victorian style with an exterior emblematic of Boston's red brick architecture. Designed by Charles Bulfinch in 1804, the renowned architect of the Massachusetts State House and US Capitol building, the building is named The Phillips-Winthrop House after its former residents John Phillips, Boston's first mayor, whose son Wendell Phillips, the famous abolitionist, was born in the house in 1811, and by Thomas Lindall Winthrop, Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts from 1826 to 1832.
Connected through the century to the paths of prominent Bostonians, the house was donated in 1939 to the Judge Baker Foundation by Mrs. James Storrow. In 1978, a complete historic renovation was undertaken to restore the house to its present carefully-preserved condition. The rehabilitation was certified by the US Department of Interior that documented the building’s significance to the Beacon Hill Historic District.
In 1989, the Phillips-Winthrop House became home of The Engineering Center. Its interior is exquisitely detailed in Victorian style with an exterior emblematic of Boston's red brick architecture.
In 1998, the first floor of The Engineering Center was dedicated with great honor to Dr. Harl P. Aldrich, Jr., in recognition of his significant leadership and generous contributions in the creation of The Engineering Center.
Today, the rich historic legacy continues. The Aldrich Center is owned by The Engineering Center Education Trust, founded by three engineering and surveying associations: BSCES, the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section/ASCE, the oldest technical society in the United States, established in 1848; ACEC/MA, the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts; and MALSCE, the Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors and Civil Engineers. Through The Aldrich Center, The Engineering Center Education Trust serves the engineering community and other industries, catering to diverse professional meeting needs.
Through The Aldrich Center, The Engineering Center Education Trust serves the engineering community and other industries, catering to diverse professional meeting needs.
The Engineering Center Education Trust (TECET) houses a complete collection of the Civil Engineering Practice journal, published by the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section/ASCE, in addition to many other historic engineering and land surveying publications and resources in its research library in the Kleinfelder Library at One Walnut Street.
Each year The Engineering Center Education Trust holds a dinner to support and highlight the importance engineering plays in the larger community. It is in part through the net proceeds of this dinner that The Engineering Center Education Trust continues to make grants and raise awareness of the contributions of engineers to our society. The Engineering Center Education Trust Leadership Award is presented at this annual event to outstanding leader in the areas of planning, designing, constructing and maintaining our built environment.
By honoring these leaders The Engineering Center Education Trust brings their great accomplishments and talents to the attention of the community. Their great achievements will inspire the engineers and surveyors of the future.
The intent of the Leadership Award is twofold. To recognize and honor the men and women who improve daily lives with their visions and dedication to their fields, and to demonstrate the endless possibilities of the future to the young men and women who will be the leaders of tomorrow.
December 3, 1998 Dr. Harl P. Aldrich, Jr.
December 3, 1998 Charles "Hank" Spaulding
January 25, 2000 Douglas B. MacDonald
February 13, 2001 Charles A. Parthum
February 13, 2001 Leo F. Peters
February 13, 2001 Robert W. Foster
February 13, 2001 Gunther H. Greulich
March 6, 2002 Frederick P. Salvucci
February 19, 2003 Norman B. Leventhal
April 13, 2004 Gloria Cordes Larson, Esq.
April 28, 2005 Dr. Charles M. Vest
May 8, 2006 Michael P. Lewis
May 2, 2007 David B. Perini
May 7, 2008 Andrew H. Card, Jr.
May 6, 2009 Thomas J. Kinton, Jr.
May 12, 2010 Michael S. Dukakis
May 25, 2011: Jane F. Garvey
February 8, 2012: Peter Meade
February 4, 2013: Mike Capuano
February 26, 2014: Anthony Pangaro
April 29, 2015: Joseph F. Fallon
November 10, 2015: Christopher Gordon
November 10, 2015: Luisa Paiewonsky
November 10, 2015: Robert Brustlin
November 10, 2015: Science Club for Girls
November 10, 2015: Harl Aldrich & Charles "Hank" Spaulding - Memorial Awards
November 10, 2015: Harl Aldrich & Charles "Hank" Spaulding - Memorial Awards
November 3, 2016: Frank DePaola, PE, Leadership in Infrastructure
November 3, 2016: David J. Hatem, PC, Leadership in Professional Service to the Engineering Community
November 3, 2016: Francis (Frank) D. Leathers, PE, Leadership in Geotechnical Engineering
November 3, 2016: Jean L. McCluskey, PE, Leadership in Engineering Management
November 3, 2016: Science on the Streets / Cambridge Science Festival, Leadership in Public Awareness & STEM Education Outreach
November 13, 2017: Judith Nitsch, PE, Founder, Nitsch Engineering - Leadership as Entrepreneur, Mentor and Advocate
November 13, 2017: Dr. Zorica Pantić, President of Wentworth Institute - Leadership in Land Surveying and Engineering Education
November 13, 2017: Representative Niki Tsongas, US House of Representatives - Leadership in Infrastructure Advocacy
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