American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) - Lower Columbia/Willamette River Professional Chapter

AISES Professional LCWR

AISES Mission:

To substantially increase the representation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in science, technology, and math (STEM) studies and careers.

To Become a chapter member

1. Join AISES via National Website below

AISES National Membership website

2. Send $20 for our chapter dues  with your name, email, company/agency/organization, tribal affiliation if applicable, and phone #

Here are the two ways to send AISES Professional Chapter dues which are $20
for the calendar year:

1.  Mail check (payable to AISES) or cash to:
        Karen Graves Pyrch
        1485 Rosemont Road
        West Linn, OR  97068

2.  Send Money, Transfer Money or Pay Online with PayPal to individual (steps to walk
through with instructions where a credit card or financial institution bank
account info can be used):

Use the following AISES Lower Columbia/Willamette River Treasurer's email to
send PayPal funds:

Links to our local partners:

AISES National Website

Dick French Memorial Scholarship - 2019

Intertribal Timber Council - Scholarships and Education

USDOI - Indian Affairs - Internships - Natural Resources

Workforce Opportunities - Columbia River Inter-tribal Fish Commission

Salmon Camp - Columbia River Inter-tribal Fish Commission

Intel Global Diversity Initiatives

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Bonneville Power Administration - Tribal Affairs

Portland State University - AISES Chapter

Portland State University Student & Community Center

Portland Indian Leaders Roundtable - Native American Youth Association

Career Pathways Videos - Wisdom of the Elders

NW Native American Center of Excellence - OHSU School of Medicine

Oregon Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA)

AKANA - Engineering Employment Opportunities

OHSU - Medical School - Wy'East Pathways Program

Next Meeting -   January 9, 2020 - Noon - 1 pm (PDT)

Portland State University

Fourth Avenue Building - Room 0012

Conference Call dial-in number of   1-646-558-8656  code 310-161-7091

Also with Zoom  --Zoom link: Description:


1.    Approve  Notes - for December 2019 -

2.    Treasurers report - 

Summary report as of 12/31/19:
AISES Savings:  $102.65
Dick French Scholarship Fund:  $2,351.28
Dick French Scholarship CD:  $10,381.43

3.     Scholarship    - - 2020 Applicant awards available by February 2020

4.     Retreat -  Next Year agenda -  Strategic Plan February 9th

 5.     PSU Student Chapter Activities - Brook Thompson on PSU Engineering Winds of Change Magazine Ad


6.     OMSI Update -  a)   Strategic plan input - 

                                    b)   Collaborate with OMSI NSF Grant - Youth Lead the Way Proposal - Don

7.     Pow Wow table - Portland CC January 18, 2020 - 12-4 pm

8.     AISES National Conference - October 15-17, 2020 - Spokane, WA    
        State of AISES 2019 CEO Presentation
9.    2020 Leadership Summit 
           The 2020 AISES Leadership Summit will be held February 16-18, 2020 (Sunday - Tuesday) 
           at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, California. 

10.    AISES Scholarships - Deadline March 15, 2020 - FREE Membership for Pre-College and College
         Advancing Agriculture Science Opportunities for Native Americans - $5,000 plus Conference and Summit Travel

11.     Elections for 2020 - Report to National Due January 20, 2020.

12.    Other items   -  AISES Regkon 1 Conference - at UW in Seattle, WA  April 2-4, 2020.


Next meeting - February 13, 2020

Officers - 2019 

Melissa Clah - President

Don Motanic - Vice-President -

Karen Graves Pyrch - Treasurer

Don Motanic - Secretary -

AISES National Career Fair 2019
Colorado Chapter members Mel and James with Don + Kim Yazzie + Where's PSU PhD Candidate Benjamin Parker during Lunch?

2019 Retreat
Puget Sound and Lower Columbia/Willamette River Chapters
Alex Tsosie (Boeing), Tim Anderson (PSU), Don Motanic (ITC)
Melissa Clah (Intel), Karen Graves Pyrch (BPA)
March 10, 2019

Professional Chapter Booth - Portland Community College Pow Wow
January 19, 2019

Gabe Sheoships (PSU/Tryon Park), Autum Teman, Don Motanic (ITC), Isabel LaCourse (Metro)

Professional Chapter Booth - Dance at the Square
September 7, 2018

NW Youth Corps Orientation Day
June 18, 2018
Eugene, OR
Don with AISES Students from Chemawa School 

Highline Community College - Native Summit
Lower Columbia/Willamette River and Puget Sound Professional Chapter Career Panel
Socia Love-Thurman, MD (Swedish Hospital),Alex Tsosie, Boeing and Don Motanic, Intertribal Timber Council
May 16, 2018
Federal Way, WA

AISES Region 1 Conference at Portland State University

April 7-8, 2018

PSU & AISES Professional Chapter Graduation Dinner for Christopher Rempel

Chilli Jam Thai Restaurant - November 13, 2017

2017 AISES Professional Chapter of the Year
Mellissa Clah and Don Motanic Accept Award
Joseph Connolly (NASA) Professional Chapter Council President
Denver, CO September 22, 2017

Chapter Video

Building Partnerships to connect The Native STEM Community_Motanic6.mp4

NW Youth Corps with PSU Students and Professional Chapter
Corps Received Solar Eclipse Glasses
Sellwood Park, Portland, OR
August 4, 2017

AISES Region 1 and 2 Conference
PSU and Professional Chapters
Humboldt State University
March 30 2017

Professional & PSU Chapters at SW Washington Indian Ed Pow Wow
                   Heritage HS - Vancouver, WA  March 4, 2017

Professional Chapter Booth at Dance in the Square Pow Wow - September 23, 2106

Professional Chapter Sponsors Booth at Delta Park Pow Wow - June 19, 2016



Don Motanic, Tim Anderson, Yolonda Salguiero, Melissa Clah and Wendy Wilhelm
at Intel Professional Development Day - Topic -   Communications - March 12, 2016


                                                                                                              AISES and PSU Graduate Dinner

Siena, Kimberly, Breanna,  and Adam

                       Chapter participates with Intel's Professional Development Session 
 September 26, 2015

The AISES Professional Chapter held its annual Minigolf fund raiser in May 2015

Big group of fun people