The Student Affairs Committee (SAC), established in 1989, is an integral part of the society since students make up half of the AES membership. Our student membership not only delivers insightful research at society meetings, but is also responsible for several key roles and events. The SAC, which is committed to the service of all students in the society, oversees these responsibilities and events. Many of the society’s annual awards are student-focused, designed to recognize and support the high quality of AES students members’ research.
The SAC is a standing committee, and its members are appointed (or re-appointed) by the AES president on an annual basis. The Committee serves from one annual meeting until the next. After each annual meeting, the SAC chair contacts the current President to discuss the next year’s SAC chair and members. As a body, the committee examines graduate student concerns and needs within AES. It also suggests policy changes to the President and to the Executive Committee. It serves as a direct link between students and AES leadership to ensure the needs of all members are recognized.