SAME ROTC Award of Merit

THE SAME ROTC Award of Merit is a bronze medal with bronze key replica, It was authorized in 1948 to be awarded annually to outstanding junior and senior engineering students in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), a college-based program for training commissioned officers of the United States armed forces.

A central military service board in each case selects the outstanding students for the awards from nominations submitted by the Professors of Military Science and Technology, Professors of Naval Science, and Professors of Aerospace Studies. A student winning the senior award who had won the junior award is presented a bronze oak leaf cluster in lieu of another medal.

Eligibility: Students must be a junior or senior engineering student actively enrolled in an ABET accredited school and in ROTC. Five-year students must be in their fourth or fifth year.
Criteria: Nominees/Awardees must be in the top 25% of their engineering class and in the top 25% of their ROTC class. A maximum of 20 medals per service may be given.

Deadlines and Processing:
U.S. Army: Nomination memorandum containing the full name of cadet, address of the school, and date of presentation must be submitted to respective Brigade Commander (Bde Cdr) by January 15 of each year. Bde Cdr will make recommendation and forward packets to HQ Cadet Command for review and consideration. A list of winners will be submitted to SAME for processing no later than February 1 of each year. SAME forwards the award elements to the respective Battalion Commander (Bn Cdr) along with the name of the nearest SAME post president and regional vice president within 30 days of the receipt of the awards list. [Please refer to Army Regulation CCR-672-5-1, pages 26-27 for details.]

U.S. Air Force:
Region commanders select the region winners and submit to AFROTC/DOSP no later than March 1 of each year. AFROTC/DOSP will review and consolidate the selections and submit the list of winners to SAME. SAME forwards the award elements to the recipients’ detachments along with the name of the nearest SAME post president and regional vice president within 30 days of the receipt of the awards list. [Please refer to Air Force ROTC Instruction 36-2020, Section 4.2, pages 18-19, for details.]

U.S. Navy:
Nominations will be forwarded by PNS’ to OD4 by 01 March. Student must be recommended jointly by the PNS and the dean of engineering as the “Outstanding Engineering Student of the Year of Their Group” in the NROTC unit. Maximum number of nomination per school year is one last year and one next-to-last year student. OD will forward all nominations to the Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (CODE 09M1). Final selections are made and the names and units are forwarded to Brigadier General Walter O. Bachus, USN (Ret.), for approval. Units are notified directly from Brigadier General Bachus’ office. [Please refer to Naval Regulation NROTCUUCBINST 1533.6, pages 5-6, for details.]

Submission Dates:
Service Due to Service   Due to SAME *
Army: Jan. 15 to Bde Cdr   Feb. 1
Air Force: March 1 to AFROTC/DOSP   March 30
Navy: March 1 to OD4   March 30

* Services must submit their award requests to SAME, ATTN: Administrative Assistant, 607 Prince St, Alexandria, VA 22314. Please be sure all requests include full name of recipient, school and date of presentation (if possible). SAME will process awards as noted in the regulations and send them out within 30 days of receipt of the completed materials.

Sustainability Award

The SAME Sustainability Award recognizes outstanding efforts to meet the goals of the Executive Order 13514 (E.O. 13514). The awards will be presented in two categories. 1) Towards Net Zero; and 2) Education and Outreach.

President Barack Obama signed E.O. 13514 on On Oct. 5, 2009, which focuses on federal leadership in environmental, energy, and economic performance. The Executive Order sets sustainability goals for federal agencies, requiring them to set a 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target within 90 days; increase energy efficiency; reduce fleet petroleum consumption; conserve water; reduce waste; support sustainable communities; and leverage Federal purchasing power to promote environmentally-responsible products and technologies.

The SAME Sustainability Award was presented for the first time at the 2012 Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo. Nominations can be made by a Post for individuals, teams or units recognizing their efforts in one of two award categories: Towards Net Zero; and Education and Outreach. There are no restrictions on the number of nominations the Posts can submit.

Click here to find answers to frequently asked questions.

Click here to submit nominations for the Sustainability Awards.

 


SAME Sustainability Award: Towards Net Zero

The SAME Sustainability Award: Towards Net Zero will recognize efforts to reduce energy use, water use and/or waste production in support of goals set by E.O. 13514. Projects may be existing buildings, infrastructure or post-wide efforts in one or more of the target areas.  Awards will recognize efforts that are measurable and have at least 12 months of data to support claims of energy, water, and/or waste reduction. Submittals should detail innovative systems and operations that contributed to ability of technologies and/or practices to achieve the reported impact reductions.  Any building that is submitted must have had metering installed on electrical supply and water supply, at a minimum.  Teams are encouraged to enter buildings into EnergyStar Benchmarking Tool and share Energy Usage Intensity (EUI) for the building.

      Reduction Target Summary from E.O. 13514 and the Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Buildings Memorandum of Understanding:

  • Water -

    a) Potable water use in buildings: 2% per year from 2007 baseline for aggregate 26% reduction by 2020 over benchmark of Energy Policy Act of 1992.

    b) Potable water use for landscaping or other site uses: 2% per year from 2010 baseline for an aggregate reduction of 20% by 2020

  • Energy - 30% energy cost budget reduction over ASHRAE 90.1-2004 for new construction and 20% for major renovations.

  • Waste Reduction - 50% waste diversion by 2013

     Awards will be judged using the following weighted criteria:

  • Project demonstrated measureable reductions in energy, water and/or materials use (50%)

  • Project award described innovative practices and/or technologies utilized to achieve the reported impact reductions. (20%)

  • Project demonstrated that gains in building performance are fully integrated into on-going procedures and operations (20%)

  • Project supplied EnergyStar and EUI information as required if project is a building; OR if project is an infrastructure or post-wide project, other criteria such as a waste management contract or water management contract to demonstrate ongoing reporting of specific report impact reductions.  (10%)


SAME Sustainability Award: Education and Outreach

The SAME Sustainability Award: Education and Outreach will recognize outreach and education efforts that are directed to contracting officers, facilities, public works personnel, user groups and/or occupants that promote an understanding of E.O. 13514  as well as explain the technologies and best management practices necessary to attain the goals.

The implementation of E.O. 13514 and other far reaching goals like Triple Net Zero installations (zero water footprint, zero waste production, and zero energy) at the post level requires a concerted effort to educate personnel about the initiatives and how they can be achieved.

Submittals may address behaviors over the previous 12 months that resulted in demonstrable, sustainable improvements in energy and water use and waste reduction.  Community outreach in the form of training programs, publicity programs, greening efforts and procurement efforts that emphasize sustainability goals are especially sought.  Submittals should explain how these efforts fit into an overall strategy that includes succession planning. Submittals should describe program elements and implementation strategies and demonstrate how the programs are having positive results. Recognition will be given to submittals that can show demonstrable results that have at least 12 months of data supporting the reported outcomes of the education and outreach efforts, address how education and outreach programs will support ongoing and future sustainability goals in alignment with E.O. 13514.

      Reduction Target Summary from E.O. 13514 and the Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Buildings Memorandum of Understanding:

  • Water -

    a) Potable water use in buildings: 2% per year from 2007 baseline for aggregate 26% reduction by 2020 over benchmark of Energy Policy Act of 1992.

    b) Potable water use for landscaping or other site uses: 2% per year from 2010 baseline for an aggregate reduction of 20% by 2020

  • Energy - 30% energy cost budget reduction over ASHRAE 90.1-2004 for new construction and 20% for major renovations.

  • Waste Reduction - 50% waste diversion by 2013

Examples of sustainability practices from the E.O. 13514 include: reduced landfill use; stormwater management and landscaping practices; use of biobased materials and green procurement; and pollution prevention and waste reduction.

      Awards will be judged on the following weighted criteria:

  • Award submittals describe engagement processes and behaviors that illustrate alignment with and support of EO 13514 goals (60%)

  • Programs provide tangible results supporting impact reductions that are aligned with or exceed targets of EO 13514 (20%)

  • Programs demonstrate succession planning for ongoing and future impact reductions (20%)

Click here to submit nominations for the Sustainability Award.


 

Past Sustainability Award Recipients

Sustainability Award - Net Zero
2012 U.S. Air Force Academy, 10th Civil Engineer Squadron
2011 Fort Carson Directorate of Public Works

Sustainability Award - Education & Outreach
2012 Air Force Space Command, Energy Team
2011 U.S. Army Medical Command

 

David M. Fraser Award

The David M. Fraser Award for Engineering Excellence and Leadership is named for a Class of 2004 graduate of the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point. While a cadet, David Fraser excelled as a student, leader and athlete.  A civil engineering major, he designed and built a pedestrian bridge near the West Point Youth Activities Center as his senior project.




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Fraser was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers in May 2004 and was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. He was killed in action while deployed in Iraq.

First presented in 2011, the David M. Fraser plaque is awarded each year at the Engineer Dinner sponsored by SAME and the Army Engineer Association. Awardees are entitled to a SAME Career Membership as long as they remain in uniform – active, guard or reserves. A stipend to attend a future SAME Joint Engineer Training Conference (JETC) – reimbursement up to $1,250.00 for registration fee, airfare and hotel is also provided.


Eligibility Criteria

  • USMA First Class Cadet who has Branched Engineers and will be receiving a degree in one of the following disciplines:
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Engineering Management (Various ABET tracks)
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Nuclear Engineering
    • Systems Engineering
  • A minimum 3.0 CQPA (Cumulative Quality Point Average - Academic, Military and Physical)

Selection Criteria


  • An informal leader and role model in the graduating class.
  • Has taken part in engineer related activities, including, but not limited to:
    • Sapper school
    • Engineering-related AIAD
    • SAME Student Chapter leader, organizer, member
    • Community service tied to engineering effort

Selection Process

  1. The Engineer Branch Representative sends a note to all cadets who branched Engineers listing the above award guidelines and soliciting nominations.
  2. The nomination would include a short synopsis of how the nominee meets the award guidelines.
  3. A faculty committee (C&ME, SE, CHEM, PANE, EECS and GENE Representatives) reviews the nominations and establishes the list of nominees who meet the eligibility criteria.
  4. The Engineer Branch Representative sends the list of eligible contenders to all cadets who have branched Engineers requesting their vote for the top two candidates.
  5. The award recipient is selected based on cadet voting. If a tie occurs, the faculty committee would break the tie. Only one award will be made.

Past David M. Fraser Award Recipients

  • 2012 Cadet Douglass Brance Waggoman,
  • 2011 Cadet Erin Anthony, Civil Engineering

 


Award Nomination Instructions

SAME Online Nomination Process for National Awards:

Thank you for nominating an SAME Member for consideration for a national award! Before getting started, please review the instructions below to make sure that your nomination meets all the criteria for consideration.

Nominations for the SAME Awards will be due to SAME HQ no later than February 12, 2014.

Five Easy Steps for Nominations:
  1. Review the award criteria to make sure the nominee qualifies. Remember: though they may not qualify for one, they may qualify for another!
  2. Prepare the narrative for the nomination. Click here to download a sample narrative. [PDF]
    1. Select the appropriate template below.
    2. Compose your narrative and save.
  3. Prepare a citation of 250 words or fewer. This citation may be used in the Honors Program if the nominee is selected to receive the award. Click here to download a sample citation. [PDF]
  4. Complete the appropriate nomination form from the list below.
  5. Upload narrative, citation and any other required supplemental info and submit form electronically, by clicking on the name of the award below.
Online Nomination Forms:
The following Award nominations MUST be submitted using our online nomination process.

NOTE: Sustaining Member Company awards have separate awards processes. Please click on the award name to be redirected to the appropriate award nomination and submittal information. Robert B. Flowers Small Business Award; Seymour S. Greenfield Sustaining Member Award (Medium Company); and J.W. Morris Sustaining Member Award (Large Company)

Narrative Templates for online submittals
You may use the forms below as a starting point for your narrative submission to ensure your nomination addresses all of the criteria. All documents below open in a new window, and are in MS Word format. After completion, you may convert to PDF before submission.

 

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