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

Anne MacMillian
Blue Stone Environmental





Executive Community Structure

Vice Chairs 
Andrew Bates, Strategic Planning
Tiffany Castricone Student Chapter Operations
Nathanial Sheehan, support to VC Student Chapter Operations
Vacant, Events
Christina Jettie, Communications
Ron Welch, Academia Engagement
Angela Nocerasupport to VC Academia Engagement
Patrick Bass, Competitions
Andra Clapsaddle, Virtual Student Chapter
Seth Lorimer, Former Chair

Gia Huynh-Ba, Young Professionals Liaison
Paul Phillips, Credentialing Liaison

Mike Scarano, Senior Student Chapter Mentor
Ron Welch, Senior Student Chapter Faculty Advisor

Staff Liaison
Eddie Gonzalez, Program Manager

Distinguished Student Chapters

2019-2020 Distinguished Student Chapters

Alabama A&M University (Huntsville Post, Chapter mentor: Jason Cade)

The Citadel (Charleston Post, Chapter mentor: Christina Jettie)

West Point (NYC Post, Chapter Officer-in-Charge: Michael Scarano)

Congratulations to these exemplars of student chapters!!

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.

Learn more about student membership

Join SAME as a student member

Student Chapters

SAME supports a network of over 35 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 the 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.

Want to share highlights from your student chapter? Email photos and information to Christina Jettie, Vice-chair of Communications.

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. Or contact Andra Clapsaddle, VSC Chair.


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 Jill Murphy, Membership and Post Relations.


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

July 28, 2020 (4PM Eastern) - Engineering and Architecture Education During COVID19: A Look at Fall 2020

Webinar Details

To view the presentation and webcams:

To access the Audio:

United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679
United States: +1 (646) 749-3117
Access Code: 535-614-597


WELCOME: Andra Clapsaddle, PMP, F.SAME, Col (ret) USAF, Chair, Virtual Student Chapter & President, Clapsaddle Consulting



Pat Suermann, PhD, PE, LEED AP, Lt Col (ret) USAF, Associate Prof and Dept Head, Construction Science, College of Architecture at Texas A&M

William E. Sitzabee, Ph.D., P.E., Lt Col (ret) USAF, Vice President for Facilities Management and Planning, Penn State University

Randy Seitsinger, FAIA, Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for CEAT, Oklahoma State University


See attached flyer for more details. Feel forward to students, faculty, engineers, and architects in your networks.



Wondering how schools and academic institutions are planning to safely open in the Fall? Are you interested in getting a behind the scenes perspective of their decision-making process? Then join us for this unique webinar.

The SAME Virtual Student Chapter is pleased to present this webinar looking at the challenges facing academic institutions this Fall as they work out plans to safely open for the coming semester under a backdrop of a persisting national pandemic. Panelists from three institutions will share their insight on the preparations they are conducting.


Questions to be answered include:

  • How will schools adapt their curriculums?
  • What will the lab experience look like?
  • What preparations are being made to make facilities safe?
  • What concerns do students and faculty have about opening back up? 

Past Webinars

View past webinars – Login to view.  (Please note:You must be logged into your member account to access this link.)

Stay Engaged with the COI

Third Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET

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You can also dial in using your phone.
United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679
United States: +1 (646) 749-3117
Access Code: 677-738-517

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