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The Technology Student Association (TSA), formerly the American Industrial Arts Association (AIASA), is the oldest student membership organization dedicated exclusively to students enrolled in technology and engineering education classes in grades K–12. Its rich history spans four decades. From 1958 to 1978, AIASA is a sponsored activity of the American Industrial Arts Association (AIAA). In 1978, the nonprofit corporation, AIASA, Inc., is formed to oversee AIASA as a separate organization. From 1978 to 1988, the organization grows in size, strength, structure, and impact on students and secondary school programs. In the summer of 1988, AIASA becomes the Technology Student Association.

Milestones

1978 First Board of Directors of AIASA, Inc. elected in February.
1978 U.S. Office of Education recognized AIASA as the official vocational student organization for industrial arts students.
1978 AIASA, Inc. is created, beginning financial independence from AIAA.
1978 Ronald W. Applegate hired as first Executive Director under AIASA, Inc.
1979 AIASA holds first national conference separate from AIAA.
1981 National Standards for Industrial Arts Programs includes 11 specific Standards related to student organization. Jenny Robichaux became AIASA’s first female president.
1985 Revised Competitive Events Handbook with 5-Year Planning Matrix published.
1988 Students vote to change name of AIASA to Technology Student Association (TSA) (June 22). A name change trade mark application was placed on file with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Its first president was Curtis Sheets of Virginia.
1988 The national office relocated from 1908 Association Drive to 1914 Association Drive, in Reston, VA
1989 The official TSA logo was designed by TSA chapter advisor Steve Price of Georgia. The membership adopted the logo for use at the national, state and local level.
1990 The TSA logo received a registered trade mark by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
1991 A membership recruitment program was created, "Shoot for the Stars." In the mid '90s, it evolved into the Star Recognition Program (White, Red and Blue Star Chapters).
1992 The TSA elementary program was created, TechnoKids. Later, it was renamed The Great Technology Adventure.
1992 Tonya Vandergriff became TSA's first female president.
1993 TSA Technology Honor Society was established.
1994 For the first time, National TSA had more than 100,000 members. The first ever National TSA Day was held on April 24th.
1995 In a partnership between TSA and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the American Technology Honor Society was formed.
1996 TSA's competitive events program was divided between the middle school and high school levels with each having its own competition guidelines.
1997 TSA's national conference was held in Washington, DC and it was the first conference with more than 3,500 participants.
1998 TSA's annual leadership conference took place in two locations, Denver, CO, and Baltimore, MD.
1999 Under the direction of TSA president James Coleman, Jr., the TSA Constitution and Bylaws were revised and combined. The TSA membership approved a new comprehensive governing document and raised the membership dues to $7.
2000 The American Technology Honor Society became the National Technology Achievement Award.
2001 TSA officially became the Technology Student Association and received trademark status from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
2002 TSA launches its newly redesigned website, www.tsaweb.org.
2003 TSA celebrates its 25th anniversary. The 25th Anniversary Fund was created to provide membership scholarships to under-served communities. National TSA Day was extended to National TSA Week.
2004 TSA conducts a first ever Relay Rally at its national conference for the American Cancer Society.
2005 TSA launches the DuPont Leadership Academy at its national conference. The TSA website was redesigned with two online stores, one for TSA apparel and one for TSA publications and products. TSA's quarterly newsletter started appearing on the website.
2006 TSA is awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to host a two-day symposium for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) stakeholders and robotics education experts to develop a robotics assessment rubric that can be incorporated into competitive event activities and instruction in the classroom.
2007 TSA offers its members on-line affiliation as well as on-line national conference registration.
2008 TSA expands the DuPont Leadership Academy at the 30th annual national conference in Orlando, Florida to include sessions for graduating seniors, chapter and state officers and advisors.
2009  Developed through a partnership between Project Lead the Way (PLTW), TSA and SkillsUSA, the Engineering Alliance  program is launched offering a series of classroom level competitions and leadership development activities designed specifically for Project Lead The Way (PLTW) affiliated middle and high school pre-engineering instructional programs.
2010  The TSA VEX Robotics Competition partnership provides students with a hands-on co-curricular competition for learning about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and complements the existing technology-related competitions offered by TSA. TSA VEX Robotics tournaments will be conducted in conjunction with TSA’s state conferences followed by a championship event at the annual National TSA Conference.
2011  TSA acquires the TEAMS and UNITE programs from the Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS).
2012  TSA partners with the Verizon Foundation to offer the Verizon Innovative Learning app challenge.
2013  TSA celebrates its 35th anniversary.
2013  TSA hosts the Best in Nation TEAMS competition at the national TSA conference.
2014  National TSA had more than 200,000 members for the school year and almost 7,000 people attend the annual national conference.
2014  TSA holds the first national Junior Solar Sprint competition.
2014  All national TSA contest competitors required to wear the official TSA (blue) shirt.
2015  National TSA President, Steven Stokes, represented TSA at the White House in Washington, D.C.
2016  TSA's leadership program, LEAP, is announced.
2017The national office relocates from 1914 Association Drive to 1904 Association Drive, in Reston, VA.
2018   TSA Celebrates its 40th anniversary.

 

AIASA Presidents

Year    President          Home State
1978–79Jeff ShortOklahoma 
1979–80  Rick Saucier Louisiana
1980–81Chris HoffmanNew Jersey
1981–82Jenny RobichauxLouisiana
1982–83      Dan La FountainConnecticut
1983–84    Mark PowersVirginia
1984–85   Robert StokesOklahoma
1985–86 George MunnFlorida
1986–87   Emily WiseVirginia
1987–88     Adam ZakarianPennsylvania

 

TSA & TSA, Inc. Leadership & Conference Locations

Year          TSA President and TSA, Inc. Presidents           National TSA Conference Location

1988 Adam Zakarian and Mr. Harold Richards   Downingtown, PA
1989 Curtis Sheets and Mr. Harold Richards Winston-Salem, NC
1990 Chris Beuershausen and Mr. Jim Carey   Corpus Christi, TX
1991 Quang Le and Dr. Lynn Basham Tulsa, OK
1992 Guy Cecil and Mr. Steve Barbato Richmond, VA
1993 Tonya Vandergriff and Mr. Donovan Bowers Nashville, TN
1994 Kevin Thigpen and Mr. Steve Barbato Orlando, FL
1995 Devere Day and Dr. Tom D’Apolito Chicago, IL
1996 Brooke Davis and Mr. Henry Lacy  Louisville, KY
1997 Matt Zimmerman and Mr. Ron Engstrom Washington, DC
1998 Bart Slabbekorn and Dr. Elazer Barnett Pittsburgh, PA
1999 James Coleman, Jr. and Mr. Mike Ribelin Tulsa, OK
2000 Katrina Miller and Mr. Doug Wagner Atlanta, GA
2001 Misty Lamb and Mr. Rick Schmidt Richmond, VA
2002 Casey Wiggins Loper and Mr. Richard Grimsley Denver, CO
2003 Michael Ward and Mr. Donovan Bowers Orlando, FL
2004 Amy Groner and Mrs. Alta Mc Daniel  Nashville, TN
2005 Bradley Jennings and Mr. Mike Amrhein Chicago, IL
2006 Katy Galambos and Mr. Steve Price Dallas, TX
2007 Trent Kissee and Ms. Sharon Rookard Nashville, TN
2008 KC Cushman and Mrs. Kathleen Squibb Orlando, FL
2009 Eric Dixon and Mr. Bud Worley Denver, CO
2010 Peter Andews and Mr. Bill Bertrand Baltimore, MD
2011 Zachary Barnes and Mr. Bob Behnke Dallas, TX
2012 Pratyusa Gupta and Mr. Matthew Strinden Nashville, TN
2013 Dhruv Pillai and Mr. Kevin Terronez Orlando, FL
2014 Sanjay Koduvalli and Mr. Matthew Strinden Washington DC
2015 Steven Stokes and Mr. Bob Behnke Dallas, TX
2016 Kelsey Stoner and Mr. Rick Schmidt Nashville, TN
2017Jack Crawford and Mr. Bud WorleyOrlando, FL
2018 Aala Nasir and Mrs. Mimi Leonard Atlanta, GA