Join the YMs as we take in an O's game at Camden Yards vs. the San Francisco Giants!
When: 31 May at 7:05PM
Buy a ticket for $20 and get an O's tee shirt. For more information, see our FLYER!
For more information and to register, click HERE!
Baltimore and Chesapeake Posts Presidential Open Golf Tournament
SAME promotes the engineer, scientist, and architect career fields at colleges and universities through scholarships. Through the Education & Mentoring Fund, we are also able to provide outreach to middle and high school students interested in engineering and the sciences (engineering contests, summer camps, etc.). The Golf Tournament is our premiere fundraising event to support these efforts. Situated along the Chesapeake Bay, Rocky Point combines a groomed championship golf course with panoramic views of the Northern Chesapeake Bay. Help us make this worthy cause a success while having a great day of networking and fun! See our FLYER for more information.
When: June 6, 7AM to 2PM Awards at 1:30
Where: Rocky Point Golf Course, Essex, MD
Sponsor: Sponsor a hole, lunch or the entire tournament! For more information, click below.
Volunteer: Volunteers are needed. Please e-mail your name to: Michael Galante
Wanted: We welcome company golf balls, golf bags, etc. you could contribute as contest prizes. Please contact Michael Galante
To Register or Sponsor, Click HERE!
Post Conducts Cybersecurity Program
The Post conducted a cybersecurity workshop and luncheon on May 15, 2019. Each day, our world becomes more and more interconnected through increased apps usage on mobile devices and storing more of our data in “the cloud.” With all the resulting benefits and efficiencies come an increasing amount of Cyber related threats – loss of intellectual property, compromise of employee PII, insider threats and ransomware to name a few. This topic was very relevant as Baltimore City experiences a cyber attack. As the Architectural, Engineering, and Construction industries all leverage new technology to conduct business, especially when working with the Government, the need for more awareness and protection is critical more than ever.
The program covered several main topics, including:
- Overview of the state of ‘cyber’ within the ‘AEC’ industries, and how each company can protect themselves. Covered topics include: trends, recent attacks, data breaches, and new, ever-evolving threats that could have significant legal or financials impacts to any organization
- Recent important updates to DoD Cybersecurity Compliance Standards with regards to DFARS (Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement).
- Buy Maryland Cybersecurity (BMC) Tax Credit. We will detail the new tax credit that is designed to promote the cybersecurity industry in Maryland, while protecting business owners located in MD
Special thanks to our workshop speakers, Brian Ray and Michael W. Jackson of Hertzbach, and to Randy Westfall for organizing the event!
April Meeting on JB Andrews Environmental Contracting
Approximately 80 people joined us for a joint meeting with MAREP on Wednesday, 17 April 2019 for a workshop on environmental issues and contracting at Joint Base Andrews. William "Bill" Burris, P.G., Environmental Restoration Program Manager for JB Andrews provided an overview of the JB Andrews Environmental Restoration Program and as well as information on the upcoming contract. The Air Force Civil Engineer Center has released an overview of their execution strategy for FY20 Optimized Remediation Contracts (ORC). The current strategy is for the JB Andrews ORC to be managed by USACE, Baltimore District. Bill's presentation slides can be found HERE. There is audio with the slides. For a copy of the audio enhanced slides, e-mail Bill Burris.
Post President Heather Polinsky (pictured above) spoke about the benefits of membership in SAME as well as introduced all MAREP members present. We also heard from the Philanthropic Committee on collaboration efforts with veteran's organization The Baltimore Station as well as Sustaining Member of the Month Gannett Fleming. Pictures from the meeting can be found HERE.
Post Participates in Future Cities Competition
Members of the Post participated in the annual Mid-Atlantic Future Cities Competition at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on 19 January. Ten middle school teams from Maryland and Virginia participated on a snowy Saturday, but this was the culmination of a lot of work. Each team created a city based on the theme of resilient cities, including a physical model, computer model, essay, and presentation. The Post sponsored the award for "Best Planned City", won by the team from Green Acres School in Rockville, MD for their city "Flextopia". Flextopia is a resilient city on Puerto Rico with wind, solar, biomass, hydro, and tidal power supplies. The Green Acres team will be invited to one of our upcoming meetings.
Other creative ideas from the students included drones patrolling for emergencies, magnetic technologies, recycled water technologies, gyroscopic transportation, space solar power, and balloon wind turbines. Thanks to Post members Ola Awosika, Rob Scrafford, and Rosanna LaPlante who helped judge the event!
Post Helps Clean Up at the Baltimore National Cemetery
Several Post members participated in the Annual Wreath Clean-Up at the Baltimore National Cemetery on Saturday, 19 January. The cemetery is one of two national cemeteries in Baltimore (Catonsville area) where veterans are interred. Thanks to Stacy Kahatapitiya of the Philanthropy Committee for organizing the event!
Over 300 Attend Federal Program Briefings!
Our annual Federal Program Briefings were held on 19 December 2018 at Martin's West with speakers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Air Force, and Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Washington. Attendees learned about upcoming solicitations, trends within the agencies, and tips to produce a winning proposal. We also learned about some of the interesting projects they are working on. For instance, the Naval Academy recently constructed a building sealed for its first 20 feet to combat sea level rise. The biggest project for the Air Force is the new hangar and infrastructure for the next Air Force One. The Coast Guard is working on home ports for its newest cutter.
In other business, Post President Heather Polinsky of Arcadis received the Regional Vice President's medal from SAME Regional Vice President Sharon Krock. Additional congratulations go out to those who helped plan this event, including: Programs Chair Randy Westfall (NSA), Mindy Hinsley (Aria Environmental), Bill Burris (Air Force), and Carrie Ann Williams (Adana Consulting).
To view photos, Click HERE!
To download/view presentations, Click HERE!
A special thanks to our sponsors for this event:
MEGA Maryland 2018: The Premier Small Business Conference
Over 300 AEC industry and government professionals and attended the MEGA Maryland Small/Minority Business Conference orchestrated by the Baltimore Post in association with the SAME Chesapeake and Mid-Maryland Posts, ACEC/MD, SMPS, DBIA, and WTS on October 10, 2018. In its second year, MEGA Maryland has turned into the premier Federal, State and local small business event in the region. The event started with the presentation of the colors by the Naval JROTC from Bowie High School with the national anthem sung by the Mother Seton Academy Choir followed by a presentation on the global, national, and regional economy by Anirban Basu, CEO of the Sage Policy Group.
Four tracks of training sessions providing PDHs/CEUs were held followed by our second keynote speaker, Jimmy Rhee, Special Secretary of the Governor’s Office of Small, Minority and Women’s Business Affairs who spoke about the issues that many of our small businesses face in the State of Maryland. The day concluded with one-on-one sessions pairing small businesses, government, and large businesses and proposal and business reviews. The exhibit hall was sold out with a mix of 50 small business, government, and large business exhibitors.
Special thanks go to Mindy Hinsley and Melissa Smith for coordinating the event, LTC Geoffrey Kuhlmann for being our MC and to our dedicated team of organizers who connected weekly on the phone and volunteered their time on the day of the event. We would also like to thank Maryland Reprographics, Milleker Photography, our morning keynote sponsors EA Engineering and Whiting Turner, our luncheon keynote sponsors Bernward and Leidos, and our general conference sponsors, Abscope, Frederick Ward, GM Hill, Koffel Associates, McCormick Taylor, and River to Tap.
We are looking forward to our 3rd annual conference next year!
To see more pictures from the event, click HERE!
Baltimore Post Members-Only Event A Huge Success!
In acknowledgement of our members and their support of the Baltimore Post, we hosted our very first ‘member appreciation’ social with a goal to give thanks to each of you and to raise awareness of the Post’s philanthropic and education efforts. With nearly 100 people registered, the night was a relaxed evening of socializing with industry peers and members of USACE Baltimore District including Colonel John T. Litz, the 68th Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Lieutenant Colonel Geoffery D. Kuhlmann, Deputy Commander and Deputy District Engineer for the Baltimore District. Through your donations to attend, the Post raised $770 for the Education fund and $250 for the philanthropic fund.
Thank YOU to all of our members for contributing to the evening and for supporting the Baltimore Post, one of the largest Posts in the Nation!
See pictures from the event HERE!
September 2018 Infrastructure Resiliency Meeting
Our Keynote Speaker, Rick Sullivan from the U.S. Department of State (DOS) gave us insight into their challenges when building overseas. Did you know:
- DOS is a coding agency; they only use the local building codes in Japan for earthquake protection.
- They build in harsh environments; Djibouti is 140 degrees all summer long. They also sometimes have to build self-sufficient buildings with their own sewer, electric, and water systems if the local infrastructure doesn’t exist.
- Land is $60 million per acre in Bangkok, Thailand.
Also attending the meeting were members from our Student Post at the Naval Academy and 7 recipients of college scholarships the Post provides. The Student Post President, Midshipman Katie Wesdyk, spoke to the crowd saying that they enjoy interacting with SAME, but jokingly said “there are too many Army alums for our liking!” Lauren Bronsen, one of our scholarship recipients and a member of Engineers without Borders, indicated that she “wouldn’t be able to do what she wanted to do” without our scholarship. The Post increased our yearly outlay for scholarships to $30,000 this year!
- Security is the main driver for building renovation or construction. Congress requires a 100-foot buffer around embassies following the Beruit embassy car bombing. DOS is having problems finding furnishings that don’t have computer chips that connect to the internet; for example, every refrigerator manufactured now has a computer chip in it!
See our pictures from the event HERE!
Get the speaker's presentations HERE!
Parking Information for Engineer's Club Meetings
Great news! There is a new parking app available called LAZgo! where you can pay ahead and reserve a spot on the Walter's surface lot at 600 Cathedral Street (right around the corner from the Engineer's Club). You can also pre-pay and reserve a spot at 601 North Calvert Street that participates with LAZ Parking. See link below to download the app, reserve parking or for more information. Construction will be finished soon as well (fingers crossed).