Corey Weaver, P.E., USACE Huntington District

Chair, SAME College Outreach Committee

Corey Weaver, P.E., is a Structural Engineer with USACE Huntington District, Chair of the SAME College Outreach Committee since May 2014, and also the 2016-2017 President of the SAME Huntington Post. As Chair of the College Outreach Committee, he is a member of the SAME Board of Direction and assists SAME Posts in mentoring and building relationships with Student Chapters and student members. He helps organize the annual Student Leaders Conference (next being held January 19-21, 2017 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando), which provides professional development, networking and leadership training for Post members, Faculty Advisors and student members. A graduate of Marshall University in 2009 with a degree in Civil Engineering, Weaver has worked for USACE since 2009, with work including the Bluestone Dam Safety Assurance Project and the design of the Penstock Scour Protection Stilling Basin, among various other projects.


What is the College Outreach Committee?
The College Outreach Committee assists SAME Posts in mentoring and building professional relationships with SAME Student Chapter members majoring in A/E/C programs at universities and colleges and providing personal and professional development opportunities to prepare students for careers in the uniformed series, private, and public sections.
 
Why should a member of SAME want to participate in this committee?
Our student members are the future of the Society and our nation. Serving on the College Outreach Committee affords members the opportunity to mentor, guide, and encourage student members as they work towards earning a degree and look forward to entering the service or professional careers.
 
How is the College Outreach Committee working with the Posts?
The committee remains in contact with Posts to encourage their participation with students at local universities and colleges by providing suggestions for activities that will foster networking, professional development, and community service. 
 
What are people in the College Outreach Committee passionate about?  What worries them?
Committee members are passionate about mentoring, educating, and challenging students to achieve their personal and professional ambitions, serve in their communities, and remain engaged in the Society upon graduation.
 
Our biggest concern is that students will not remain involved in the Society after their academic careers are over.
 
How long have you been involved with the committee, and what do you hope to achieve as chair?
I have been involved seven years. I hope to continue to see student membership and chapters grow, foster a relationship with the Young Member Council, and have the Committee provide value to the Society in support of the Strategic Plan.
 
What are some of the qualifications that make you suited for role?
I was a founding member of a Student Chapter and served as Vice President and President. I have served on the College Outreach Committee since graduating college, and am an active member of my local Post, including Student Chapter Post Mentor, Young Member Chair, and Post President.
 
Tell us a little about your day job and what you love about it.
I currently work for the Huntington District of the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Huntington, W.V. as a Structural Engineer.  Most of my time has been dedicated to the design of modifications of a flood risk reduction concrete gravity dam, including an auxiliary stilling basin, multi-strand high strength anchors, spillway stilling basin design.  I enjoy the complexity of my job and knowing that my job saves lives and infrastructure of local communities.
 
What has been your career path and experience in the A/E/C industry?
I have worked for USACE since graduating from Marshall University in the spring of 2009. 
 
What has been your involvement with SAME?
I became a member of SAME during my freshman year at Marshall University where I was a founding member of the Student Chapter. During my time at Marshall, I served as Vice President my junior year and President my senior year. As President, I led the effort to organize a technical conference where over 100 practicing professional engineers in attendance were offered up to six professional development hours. After graduation, I joined the Huntington Post where I have served as Young Member Chair, Marshall University Student Chapter Post Mentor, Sergeant at Arms, Secretary, Vice President, and Post President (two years). In addition, I have served on the College Outreach Committee since 2009 (Chair since 2014) and on the National Board of Direction since 2014. 
 
What is your favorite SAME memory?
SAME has afforded so many opportunities that I simply cannot select just one. I have been honored to speak with leaders in the Armed Services, network with professionals and students, and travel around the country. A few of my favorite memories would have to be the behind the scenes tours of Hoover Dam and the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, enjoying the California sunshine in San Diego, and playing crud in Phoenix! 
 
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