History

The Technology Student Association (TSA), formerly AIASA, is the oldest student organization dedicated exclusively to students enrolled in technology education classes grades K-12. It has a rich history that spans nearly four decades. Three distinct periods may be found in TSA's history. During the period from 1958 to 1978, the American Industrial Arts Student Association (AIASA) was a sponsored activity of the American Industrial Arts Association (AIAA). In 1978, the nonprofit corporation, AIASA, Inc., was formed to oversee AIASA as a separate organization. During the decade that followed, the organization grew in size, strength, structure, and impact on students and secondary school programs. The summer of 1988 closed this third decade as AIASA reached another milestone, a change in the organization's name: the Technology Student Association (TSA).

Milestones in TSA's History

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.

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 its present home at 1914 Association, 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 24.

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 Mentor Program, TSA and the American Cancer Society launch the Spirit of Service Awards program. Also, the TSA website was again redesigned with two online stores, one for TSA apparel and one for TSA publications and products. TSA's quarterly newsletter, School Scene, started appearing on the website in HTML.

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 of the Junior Engineering Technical Society (JETS).

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.

Past Presidents - AIASA

Year President State
1978 - 79 Jeff Short Oklahoma
1979 - 80 Rick Saucier Louisiana
1980 - 81 Chris Hoffman New Jersey
1981 - 82 Jenny Robichaux Louisiana
1982 - 83 Dan La Fountain Connecticut
1983 - 84 Mark Powers Virginia
1984 - 85 Robert Stokes Oklahoma
1985 - 86 George Munn Florida
1986 - 87 Emily Wise Virginia
1987 - 88 Adam Zakarian Pennsylvania

TSA and TSA, Inc. Past Presidents and National TSA Conference Locations

 

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 Strinded Nashville, TN
2013 Dhruv Pillai adn Mr. Kevin Terronez Orlando, FL
2014 Sanjay Koduvalli and Mr. Matthew Strinden Washington DC
2015 Steven Stokes adn Mr. Bob Behnke Dallas, TX