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Santabarbara is a civil engineer with the Chazen Companies.

Santabarbara, said that as president he would to work to ensure local students are prepared for careers within the field of engineering.

"As an engineer, I understand the impact that the profession can have on the success of our communities," said Santabarbara. "That's why I will continue to reach out and help out local children, and open their eyes to the field of engineering."

Santabarbara currently volunteers as an advisor to the engineering club at Schalmont Middle School.

For the past three years, Santabarbara has helped direct Schalmont's Future City Competition team. In the competition, student teams create fictional cities, first on computer and then in large tabletop models.

A regional competition is held each year with almost 30 schools in participation. Last year's model from the Schalmont team is currently on display at the Schenectady Museum.

"I hope to take the organization to the next level," said Santabarbara. "I'd like to focus on local areas to assist in the development of more homegrown engineers."

According to Santabarbara, the development of engineers starts in local schools and in the homes of area families.

"We want the kids in school to know about the engineering profession," said Santabarbara, "but we also want parents to know about the role of the professional engineer in society." ""

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