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or mail to:
Post Office Box 11520 * Burke, Virginia 22009-1520 or by phone: 909.868.4212


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The Society of Afghan Engineers was formed in 1993 by a group of Afghan engineers in Northern Virginia and surrounding areas who believe that they have a moral responsibility to help the grief-stricken people of Afghanistan. This Society is not an agency of the Afghan Government or any other government. In addition, they are careful not to encroach upon, bypass, or circumvent the legal authority of the agencies of the Afghan Government in advocating financial and technical aid from donor organizations. Rather, the Society is designed to serve as a catalyst or consultant to governments or institutions interested in receiving or providing financial and technical assistance for the reconstruction of Afghanistan. As a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, the SAE is tax-exempt and is authorized to engage in cultural, educational, literary, and charitable activities.


The Structure of the Society consists of the following:

  • Board of Directors
  • Executive Committsee
  • Technical Committees: Housing, Irrigation, and Power;
    Transportation, Manufacturing, and Industry; Natural Resources
  • Administrative Committees: Planning, Publication, Translation,

Membership, and Chapters

There are two categories of members: Regular and Honorary. Regular Membership is open to any Afghan who supports the purpose of the Society and who has completed at least four years of university level education in engineering or architecture and/or an equivalent professional experience. Honorary Membership is open to any individuals, regardless of national origin, who are able to make a significant contribution (monetary or otherwise) to the cause of the Society. Honorary members cannot vote or hold elective office.

The following are some of the projects that SAE is currently proposing:

• Preparation of national building construction codes and standards for Afghanistan.
• Preparation of engineering design manuals and standards.
• Introduction of new technology and equipment in preparation and use of new
   and local construction materials.
• Introduction of computer technology in the automation of administrative processes.
• Compilation of standard contractual documents for construction professionals,
   owners, and sponsors of construction projects to determine accountability, rights, and      responsibilities.
• Investigation of further possibilities to exploit the vast reserves of natural resouces in      Afghanistan