Golden Eagle Nominations
Nominations are open for 2023 recipients. It's never too early to begin thinking of worthy candidates.
Candidate for contributions to the profession must be an SAME Fellow with outstanding contributions to the engineering, architecture or construction, or related professions. The other candidate should be person with a distinguished career of service to the nation .
Nominations for this award must be made by a SAME member and endorsed by the RFPOC or a member of the AOF Executive Committee. Nominations will be submitted using the SAME on-line form. Nominators must provide contact information for the nominee and the reasons why he/she believes the person should receive the award. Additional endorsements will be accepted and should be sent to Kathy Off, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Vice Chair, Awards & Recognition, will provide potential nominees to the Distinguished Fellows Advisory Group for selection.
History of the Golden Eagle Award
In 1782 the bald eagle was chosen as the emblem of our new nation because of its long life, great strength and majestic looks, as well as the belief that the bald eagle could be found only on the North American continent.
One legend says that another reason the bald eagle was chosen as the U.S. national emblem was that, during an early morning battle of the American Revolution, the noise of the struggle awoke sleeping eagles on the heights, who flew from their nests and circled above the heads of the fighting men. As they flew above, they bellowed raucous cries, causing the patriots to exclaim, "They are shrieking for freedom!"
President John F. Kennedy once wrote of this majestic bird, "The Founding Fathers made an appropriate choice when they selected the eagle as the emblem of the nation. The fierce beauty and proud independence of this great bird aptly symbolize the strength and freedom of America."
For these reasons and more, the SAME Academy of Fellows named its annual honor after this majestic symbol of American dedication and spirit to a greater good. The award was sculpted as a crystal eagle in flight above a solid wooden base, further symbolizing the strength and character of the individuals being honored.