Community Mission

The College Outreach Community leads collaborative efforts between SAME and academia to identify and resolve national security infrastructure-related challenges and supports Post’s efforts to mentor and develop future STEM professionals at the collegiate-level. The community serves as a bridge between academia, Posts, government (military and civilian), and the private sector. The community provides guidance to the network of student chapters across the Society, promotes internship opportunities from SAME sustaining members, and will establish a new engineering competition for students designed to address the nation’s grand challenges.

Join the Community of Interest

You can join any of our communities of interest by logging into your member profile and scrolling down to “Communities of Interest” and click to join.”


The SAME College Outreach Community strives to organize programs and present opportunities to future military and civilian members of the A/E/C profession that will foster networking within their professional community, build leadership skills, and provide job opportunities to recent graduates. Additionally, students with an active membership within SAME have at their disposal a wealth of knowledge and experiences from professionals throughout the A/E/C community of practice.

COI Work Plan

View the 2020 work plan for the College Outreach COI here.

Community Chair

Maj Seth Lorimer
US Air Force

Executive Community Structure

Vice Chairs 
Angela Nocera, Chapter Operations
Anne MacMillan, Communications (Chair-elect)
Vacant, Strategic Planning
Ron Welch, Academia Engagement
Ben Matthews, Virtual Student Chapter Chair

Gia Huynh-ba, YMC Liaison
Paul Phillips, Credentialing Liaison

Vacant, Senior Student Chapter Mentor
Ron Welch, Senior Faculty Adviser

Staff Liaison
Eddie Gonzalez, Program Manager

2018-2019 Distinguished Student Chapters

Amherst (Boston Post)
West Point (NYC Post)
University of Florida (Jacksonville Post)
University of Guam (Guam Post)
Alabama A&M (Huntsville Post)
University of Washington (Seattle Post)
University of South Alabama (Mobile Post)

Student Members

Student members represent the next generation of innovative STEM thinkers ready to take on society’s challenges. Recognizing the need to cultivate this valuable asset, SAME offers FREE membership to all full-time students enrolled in high school, 2-year or 4-year colleges and universities (through the undergraduate level), trade schools, and military academies.  As emerging professionals, you benefit from an array of programs meant to support your academic and professional development.

Click here to know more about student membership. To join SAME as a student member, click here and fill out the form.


Student Chapters

SAME supports a network of over 25 student chapters. Student chapters promote the goals and objectives of SAME, and encourage the advancement of careers in architecture, engineering and construction by connecting college students with professionals in these areas.

Find a student chapter near you

Can't find a SAME student chapter? Take lead and start one! Find relevant information in Quick Links regarding how to start a Student Chapter in your local school or university. Students interested in starting a Student Chapter should contact the nearest SAME Post and ask for a mentor to assist them. Questions?  Contact: College Outreach COI Chair, Seth Lorimer.

Virtual Student Chapter

For students not attending one of the institutions hosting physical student chapters, or who want to explore more professional development options, SAME has formed the Virtual Student Chapter (VSC). The Virtual Student Chapter is a boundaryless chapter that provides the opportunity for virtual engagement with students at the high school and college level to foster engineering leadership for our nation. To join, log into your member record and select “Join the Virtual Student Chapter” in the Community of Interest section.

Click here to know more about the Virtual Student Chapter.

Student Chapter Status Report

In order to maintain good communication with the Posts and Student Chapters, it is critical that the SAME National Office remains up-to-date on any Chapter points of contact changes (faculty advisers, student leaders, Chapter mentor). Posts sponsoring Student Chapters are required to submit a Student Chapter Status Report by May 1st and December 1st of each year. For questions, please contact Stacy Smith, SAME Post Operations Specialist, at

Post Mentoring

Mentoring is one of SAME's most important goals, and toward that end Posts are encouraged to develop College Outreach plans to involve local college and university students and encourage their pursuit of careers in the A/E/C field. Remember, the students you mentor today will be the leaders of tomorrow! Find out more here!


Recognition is one of the key components in engaging young leaders in the Society. To that end, the Society created two awards that offer Posts a way to recognize the leadership and involvement of college and university students:

Virtual Student Chapter Webinars

No webinars are currently scheduled. Please check back soon. 

View past webinars in the VSC archive below.

Past Webinars

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Winter 2020 Newsletter
Spring 2019 Newsletter
Spring 2018 Newsletter

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