From left to right:
Flander Julien (Civil Engineer) 1984 - 1988
Diderot Delpe (Electrical Engineer) 1988 - 1992
Eric Delva (Civil Engineer) 1992 - 1994
Ernesto Etienne (Electrical Engineer) 1994 - Present
|The creation of
the Association des Ingenieurs Haitiens et Americains is the result of many meetings that
were held between two small groups of concerned and fully dedicated Haitian engineers
originally known as the "Brooklyn and the Queens Groups".
These engineers had a real concern for the advancement of the profession
both at home in Haiti and in the US. Originally, attempts were made to contact the former
members of a now defunct association known as Cercle Technique des Haitians. It was our
thinking that the younger generation of professionals could continue the good work of the
older generation and bring to it new dimensions. These attempts were futile. Consequently,
a completely new association was born with the name " Association des Ingenieurs
Haitiens et Americains (ADIHA)".
The members of A.D.I.H.A.. prepared a constitution
with a code of Ethics. An executive committee of five members was in charge of all the
activities. It was also decided to form temporary standing committee, as needed, to
complement the efforts of the Executive Committee. The members of the first Executive
Committee represented an equal balance among the Brooklyn, and the Queens groups mentioned
above. They met at least twice a month and absenteeism was rare. The newly founded
association had many goals and more than ten years later, while some of them have not been
achieved we should be proud to say that we have accomplished a lot. These goals were as
* Create a link with all other Associations of Engineers
* Register the Association as a non-profit organization in the US.
* Find a location for our archives, and assist the engineering students
in our communities.
* Assist all professionals, and technicians in need.
* Assist all Engineers in their studies and encourage them for their
* Assist the Engineers and Engineering students of Haiti financially and with our
donations (books, computers, courses.)
* Assist the regional associations and provide all engineering studies for the improvement
of life quality in Haiti.
* Perform fund raising for the association and other organizations.
* Encourage the creation of Haitian businesses in the fields of
construction, housing, education, real estate, or any other field that
could enhance the engineering profession in the community.
Some of our accomplishments were: preparation courses for
the licensing exams, math courses for high school students, a major contribution for the
rebuilding of schools in Haiti, various articles for the amelioration of the quality of
life, various seminars with important issues such as transportation, energy, hydraulics.
The members of ADIHA have also participated in the preparation of the Haitian
documentation for the international Congress on the Environment at Rio (Brazil).
I could not conclude without mention the great symposium
held on August 6, and 7, 1994. For the first time in history, the Haitian engineers, and
technicians had the opportunity to meet and work together.
Almost three hundred engineers had the opportunity to
analyze the issues such as: Potable water and Sanitation, Transportation, Energy,
Professional Organization, Development, and Protection of the Environment, Spatial
organization, and Communication. The various Engineering Associations and Groups from all
over the US, Canada and the representatives of the Haitian government participated
together in the search for valid solutions for the reconstruction of their native country.
This endeavor was to be followed by the creation of several
engineering companies to become active in Haiti. It was a challenge to prove that Haitian
professionals could work together to improve the country. It was also an opportunity to
determine our strength and correct our weaknesses. It will be necessary to have this type
of meeting more often in the future. I am hopeful that the concerned Haitian engineers
will become less selfish and vain and will be able at last, to put aside their individual
interest and ambitions for the benefit and well being of all.