The founders of the Ukrainian Engineers' Society of America (UESA) were Ukrainian engineers, immigrants, who were forced to leave their homeland in the aftermath of World War II and who, after several years of displacement in the countries of western Europe, settled in the United States.
UESA was founded in New York City on September 18, 1948 and the Society's first Annual Meeting was held on November 20, 1948. The Annual meeting, attended by 22 members of the Society, ratified UESA's statute/charter and elected the first Board of Directors, with engineer Volodymyr Bohachevsky as president.
The main goal of the UESA is to unite engineers and scientists for their mutual professional enrichment and exchange of knowledge; and also to study the current status of technology, industry and the economy in Ukraine; and for the development of a social/professional network.
UESA achieves its mandate by organizing technical conferences, by publishing the periodicals "Ukrainian Engineering News" and "Bulletin TYIA" and by maintaining a library of Ukrainian technical books and periodicals. In addition, UESA has also published several books, among them: an "English-Ukrainian Dictionary" by Anatole Wowk, "Outline of American Patent Law" (published by the Chicago chapter), "The Conquest of Interplanetary Space" by Yurij Kondratiuk and the collection "Ukrainian Engineer" (published by the New York chapter).
Among the major technical committees within UESA are the "Ukrainian Technical Terminology" and "Technology and economics in Ukraine" committees.
UESA has worked closely with the Ukrainian Technical Society of Canada, organizing international conferences. The Society has also been an active participant in Ukrainian coordinating councils, such as the Conference of Academic Societies, Ukrainian Congress Committee of America and the World Congress of Free Ukrainians.
UESA and its member branches were active in helping to raise funds for the establishment of the Ukrainian Studies chair at Harvard University.
Members of the Society also actively participate in various academic organizations, such as the Shevchenko Scientific Society, and Ukrainian Free Academy of Science, as well as in community organizations such as the Ukrainian Institute of America, the United Ukrainian-American Relief Committee and the Society for the Patriarchate of the UCC. A large number of the Society's members are active in the Ukrainian youth organizations, Plast and SUM, as well as in athletic organizations.
Ukrainian engineers were an energetic force in the drive to build Ukrainian community credit unions. Several UESA members manned key leadership positions in the credit unions.
UESA branches located in areas with high concentrations of Ukrainians, such as New York, Detroit, Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles, sponsor annual events such as debutante balls. These events benefit the entire community and are especially popular among younger Ukrainians.
During the 50 years of the Society's existence, the highly qualified professionals who make up the Society's membership have contributed greatly to science and technology in the United States. Members of UESA have published a large number of technical studies, as well as having obtained numerous patents. Most of the Society's members also belong to American and international professional organizations. They often lecture at scientific and technical conferences throughout the US and abroad.
UESA has counted and still counts a large number of distinguished scientists in its ranks, people such as Dr. Borys Ivanyckyj, Dr. Volodymyr Timoshenko, Dr. Stepan Timoshenko, Dr. Oleksander Smakula, Dr. Alexander Hranovskyj, Professor Alexander Kovalenko, Dr. Mykola Efremov, Dr. Oleksa Bilaniuk, Dr. Volodymyr Minkovych, Dr. Mykola Zajtsev, Dr. Joseph Kharyk, Dr. Osyp Andrushkiv, Dr. Alexander Serafyn, Dr, Volodymyr Kosonotskij, Dr. Mykhajlo Yaremovych, Dr. Lubomyr Romankiw, Dr. Lubomyr Onyshkewych and Mr.Mykhajlo Korchynskyj. UESA is proud to have counted such a person as the engineer and poet Evhen Malaniuk among its members.
Among the architects in UESA' ranks are those who designed many Ukrainian churches in the US and Canada. Members of UESA were also the designers of the UNA's high-rise building in Jersey City, NJ (the previous location of its headquarters, currently in central NJ).
Well known among civil engineering design professionals was the company owned by Myron Lepkaluk and staffed by chief engineer Evstakhij Yarosh. Many of the projects completed by this firm were of a complicated nature, including several monumental bridge structures such as the bridge over the Mississippi River in Luling, LA.
With the rebirth of Ukraine as a political entity, UESA made contacts with and is working with scientific and technological institutions in Ukraine. UESA members are taking part in symposiums and conferences in Kyyiv and Lviv, furthering the Society's ties with organizations in Ukraine. UESA helped organize engineering groups and aided in the rebirth of the journal "Technical News" ("Tekhnichni Visti"), which is published by the Ukrainian Engineering Society in Lviv.
UESA plans to continue its ties with scientific and engineering institutions in Ukraine in the future, and to help fund several scholarships for students from Ukraine to study in the US universities.
UESA encourages its members to inform their American colleagues about the academic and scientific potential of Ukraine, about Ukraine's strategic and geopolitical importance and to encourage mutually beneficial economic aid to Ukraine and investments in its industry.
In addition, UESA will strive to continue its work and add to its ranks young engineers and scientists born in the US as well as recent immigrants from Ukraine.