Academy of Fellows Nomination Criteria and Form

Fellows Nomination Webinar - this webinar was presented on July 14, 2017, 12:00 p.m. EDT to help you prepare a successful nomination packet. 

AUGUST 15: Nominators to submit Nomination Packages in draft to AOF Regional POCs for review (date is recommended). [Click here to access Regional POC list.]

SEPTEMBER 1: AOF Regional POC to complete nomination packet reviews and provide comments to nominators (date is recommended).

OCTOBER 2: Completed Nominations Packages for SAME Fellow are due to the SAME National Office no later than OCTOBER 2, 2017.

NOVEMBER 15: Selection Committee to report recommendations to Academy Chair and Society President.

NOVEMBER 30 (Delayed for Class of 2018): Results provided to nominees/nominators.

MARCH 7, 2018: FELLOWS INVESTITURE - Selected nominees expected to participate in Fellows Investiture.

Please review all criteria sections before submitting the online nomination form located at the bottom of this page.

** If you have any questions on the nomination process and/or to confirm receipt of your nomination package, please contact Kathy Off, at, or by telephone at 703-549-3800 ext. 153. **


To be considered for acceptance into the Academy of Fellows, an individual must:

  • have been a member of SAME for a minimum of ten years (contact Natasha Rocheleau with any questions);
  • be a current member at the time of nomination;
  • have served in leadership positions for multiple years at the Post, Regional and/or National level of SAME; and
  • have rendered dedicated and outstanding service to both SAME and to the Engineering Community.

Individuals who demonstrate dedicated and outstanding service in one area and not both (SAME and the Engineering Community) will not be approved for Fellowship. The term “engineering community” is broadly defined to include any member of SAME who directly or indirectly supports the profession of engineering through activities such as planning, design, construction, business development, education, research and development, etc.

Nominations must clearly and concisely convey the nominee’s contributions in each of the two service categories by explaining their contributions and the impact of these contributions over a dedicated period of years both on the Society and on the engineering community.

The Academy is comprised of Fellows who have stretched the limits to create new processes, new ways of doing business, new techniques, etc. that have substantially improved the accepted norm. That must be shown in each nomination.

Each nominee will be evaluated on the basis of the information contained in the nomination package. The Nomination and Selection Committee will not add information or make assumptions about a nominee so it is critical that the nomination package sufficiently convey the nominee’s contributions.

When evaluating a nomination, the Nomination and Selection Committee will generally apply the values listed below to the requested information. All nominees must obtain at least 70 percent, and all the mandatory requirements must be completed for consideration into the Academy.

Nominee information – mandatory
Society Leadership positions – 10 percent
Outstanding Service to SAME – 45 percent
Outstanding Service to Engineering Profession – 35 percent
Awards and Honors – 10 percent
Citation – mandatory
Nominator’s information – mandatory
Endorsements – mandatory

OCTOBER 2: Completed Nominations Packages for SAME Fellow are due to SAME HQ.

Nominations must be submitted in the following format:


First Name
Middle Initial
Last Name
Professional Designation (Ph.D., P.E., RA, AIA, CFM, CCM, PMP, F.E., EIT, etc.; please include N/A if no designations are applicable)
Membership Number
Nominee’s Years of SAME Membership
Address Type: Work/Home
Preferred Mailing Address
Preferred Telephone No.
Preferred Email Address
Name of Employer
Nominating Post


List elected and appointed leadership positions (preferably over at least a minimum of 10 years) and dates held at Post, Regional and/or National levels in chronological order, latest first. These can include committee assignments. List only please.


a. For each SAME leadership position or committee assignment listed in 2, describe the achievements accomplished while in the position and the benefit(s) to the Post, Region or Headquarters. Please address (1) challenges with which the nominee was confronted, (2) efforts the nominee undertook to address those challenges, and (3) results, including successes and benefits gained by the Post or SAME as a whole. Include discussion of  such things as: mentoring and/or enhancing students’ and Young Members’ involvement with SAME; increasing SAME membership; leading training and education achievements; making presentations at SAME meetings and conferences; building relationships between the private sector and government; involvement in joint engineering operations, emergency preparedness and response in furtherance of national defense and homeland security; forming or participating in partnerships and alliances with other professional societies and related associations; supporting community outreach; and efforts toward the achievement of other goals and objectives set forth in the SAME Strategic Plan. This is not an all-inclusive list. Other efforts can be presented. Only present efforts undertaken that actually benefitted SAME and inform of the benefits.


b. Close with an explanation of why the overall achievements and successes should be considered "dedicated and outstanding.”


c. Explain what further efforts the nominee is planning to make on behalf of SAME should the nominee be selected as a Fellow.


d. All of the above (a., b. and c.) is to be completed in 1,200 words or less, and please use a font size no smaller than 11.



a. List in chronological order, latest first, positions the nominee has held for at least the past ten years and the dates. For each position held, please address (1) challenges with which the nominee was confronted, (2) efforts the nominee undertook to address those challenges, and (3) the results of those efforts, including  the achievements accomplished while in the position and the benefit(s) that followed. Cite contributions and activities that demonstrate “dedicated and outstanding service” to the engineering profession, such as: developing and implementing innovative approaches in managing significant engineering projects; mentoring young engineers and/or inspiring students to become engineers; preparing proposals for significant engineering and related studies and projects; participation in community outreach to promote the public’s understanding of the contributions of the engineering profession to the quality of life; research, development and technology transfer of engineering and related technology; teaching engineering and related subjects to advance the engineering professional and participation on professional committees and groups; publishing professional articles; and any other efforts that advance the engineering profession. Do not submit what may be taken simply as position or job descriptions. Get across what was done by the nominee that well exceeds the expected norm of the positions.

b. Close with an explanation of why these efforts should overall be considered “dedicated and outstanding.” 

c. All of the above (a. and b.) is to be completed in no more than 900 words, with a font size no smaller than 11.


List professional, SAME and community service awards or honors received by the nominee. Provide the name and description of the award and explain what it was the nominee did to be selected to receive the award or honor.


Compose a citation, in 200 words or less, summarizing the nominee’s SAME and career achievements, for inclusion in the Investiture Ceremony brochure. (Note: SAME HQ will edit and provide to nominee for updating and further editing prior to publication.)


7.  NOMINATOR INFORMATION: (Note: Only a Society Fellow may nominate a member for recognition as a Fellow.)
Nominator Full Name
Nominator Email Address
Nominator SAME Membership Number
Address Type: Work/Home 
Preferred Mailing Address