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The HAES Journal - Winter 2015
HAES Journal Volume 1, Issue 3, Winter 2015
Max E. Massac (Executive Editor)
Marc A. Leveille
E-VOTE: A SOLUTION FOR ELECTIONS IN HAITI?
Countries using forms of e-voting include the US, Brazil, Belgium, Estonia, the Philippines and India. The term “e-voting” includes online voting where electors can cast their ballot from any computer using a secure ID. E-voting technologies are being used in some of the biggest world democracies for more than a decade. E-voting is being piloted in more than 40 countries. Why not have e-voting in Haiti?
Greetings to all, and welcome to our Winter 2015 edition of the HAES Journal! On behalf of the Board of Directors I wish you a Happy New Year and all the best for 2016! Hoping everyone had a great 2015. In this issue of The HAES Journal we have a special focus on how engineering and technology can contribute towards the advancement of democracy and society in Haiti and elsewhere in the world. We also have an election process underway for the 2016 HAES Board of Directors, where we use e-voting to allow for high and efficient participation.
THE ROLE OF MODERN INFRASTRUCTURE IN POVERTY REDUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES
by: Cassandra Honorat,
BA, International Relations
MA, Diplomacy/International Conflict Management
Infrastructure “the basic equipment and structures (such as roads and bridges) that are needed for a country, region, or organization to function properly” (Merriam-Webster online). This article will focus on the role of a modern infrastructure as a tool of development and the part our engineers, both in Haiti and abroad, will have to play alongside our policymakers to usher in an era of progress.
This year HAES is going High-Tech for the 2015 Board Election. HAES is using E-Vote system to select its Board members. On December 21, 2015 Evite email was sent to all the HAES members to start the process of electing the new board members and directors. If all goes according to plan, the new board members and directors will be in place by the beginning of 2016.
The blind faith placed in rural electrification during the 1960s and 1970s as being a key to energy development policy has been questioned in recent years by many. A decade ago, rural electrification was perceived by some experts as a magical force which would transform poor areas into highly productive regions. Advancing power electrical lines into poor rural areas was synonymous with providing the necessary infrastructure for quickly bringing them into the twenty first century.
Throughout the course of human history social equality has been at the forefront of upheavals and revolutions. Since the declaration and adoption of human rights by the United Nations in 1948, social justice has driven this ideal of equality to constitutional heights. In this regard, a world class education system has been the main engine used to reduce inequality and promote upward mobility throughout social democracies.
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INDUSTRIAL MARBLE IN HAITI
by: Dir. Briand Lafalaise, Geologist / Educator
The geology of Haïti is made of three major petrology components: a volcanic rock (basement in the south), a volcano-sedimentary rock in the North, and a sedimentary rock that covers the basement and the central part of the country. The sedimentary rock is the one that can be commercialized as industrial marble in Haïti.
In defining a social contract for Haiti, it is important to go back to the history of the country and analyze the inhuman slavery system under which the country emerged from in the beginning of the19th century.
"To develop a network of professionals devoted to Engineering, Science, and Technology, and to promote opportunities for Haitians and the communities in which they reside"
HAES was founded in 1989, by a group of Engineers and engineering students who wanted to apply their knowledge to a very noble purpose: To develop a network of professionals devoted to Engineering, Science, and Technology, and to promote opportunities for Haitians and the communities in which they reside. At its inception, the organization's name was "Haitian American Engineering Society." The organization was incorporated on August 2, 1989.
In the nineties, HAES published and distributed the HaiTech Magazine, a quarterly publication. An online version of this publication was made available for some issues. At the occasion of the 1997 HAES Tech Fair, Miami-Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas proclaimed June 8 1997 Haitian-American Engineering Society Day.
In December 1997, the organization's Articles of Incorporation and By Laws were amended to change the name of the organization "Haitian-American Association of Engineers and Scientists," in order to encourage the active participation of members of the scientific community, in addition to engineers. The organization's acronym, HAES, was not changed.
Message to Members
Dear Colleagues and Friends in science, engineering, and technology:
Thank you to all members who have renewed their membership, and those who have not yet done so are encouraged do do so as soon as possible. Also, welcome and congratulations to all the new members for reaching this additional milestone in your professional career by becoming a member of HAES, a professional association that has been in existence for the past 25 years promoting science, engineering, and technology for the betterment of our communities and humanity in generaal.
As HAES members we are all expected to contribute in helping the association achieve its goals by making our individual positive marks as part of the team. Our web site provides some of the tools that facilitate the participation of members on various levels. All members are encouraged to make sure to have member login access, get familiar with the functions and features, and to regularly visit and interact with the web site.
HAES members are participants in an association whose mission is “to develop a network of professionals devoted to Engineering, Science, and Technology, and to promote opportunities for Haitians and the communities in which they reside". In light of the catastrophic earthquake of January 12, 2010, Haitians in Haitineed and deserve all the help they can get. This gives even more impetus to our mission statement. Please join us in using our God given talents to provide engineering and technical support in the building of a new, better, and a greener Haiti while we continue to make positive contributions in our communities in the U.S..
Best wishes to all. The future is ours to shape!
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One of the most misunderstood aspects of professionalism is membership affiliation. Professionals should support and contribute to their respective fields to ensure understanding, success, acceptance, future generations' interest, and public appreciation. We therefore challenge and invite current and future engineers, scientists and technicians with an affinity for Haiti and Haitian-American communities in the U.S. to make a commitment to contribute your knowledge and talents towards the betterment of our communities. Make this commitment today by simply clicking here to BECOME A MEMBER OF HAES.
HAES is a non-profit corporation with Tax Exempt status.
In 1998, HAES was designated as 501c3 organization by the IRS, which makes it eligible for grants and other donations which are tax deductible. A "Letter of Charitable Contributions Substantiation" is provided for amounts above $250.00 or upon request. Please contact your tax adviser for information relating to your specific case.