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.


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.


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 inaugural SAME Undergraduate Innovations Challenge, a Senior-Design Project Competition, is underway. Nine teams have entered and are currently competing in Phase II of the competition with projects ranging from robotic arms to emergency radios and low-cost ventilation systems.

Participating teams represent the following schools:

  • The Citadel
  • Gulf Coast State College
  • Worcester Polytechnic
  • Florida State

This competition is aimed at showcasing the work that our SAME student members are doing in their senior-level capstone projects and focuses on their ability to effectively communicate the importance of the work they’re doing and their design and build process. The top three teams will be notified by May 10th and will then compete to see who is the overall winner.

Our SAME student members represent the next generation of innovative STEM thinkers ready to take on society’s challenges. For this reason, the Society is proud to be sponsoring this competition where the students are identifying and recognizing the next great ideas.

To find out more about the competition and get a preview of the entries, visit the Competitions page.


Forum on Student Members and Chapters, August 18-20, 2020

The SAME 2025 strategic plan calls on the Society to:

ENRICH THE STEM PIPELINE FOR THE NATION by leading efforts to inspire, encourage, and enable youth to pursue STEM careers; and helping develop the technical capacity that our nation needs to remain globally competitive.

To accomplish this goal, on August 18-20, the College Outreach COI hosted a three-session Forum on Student Members and Chapters to discuss the status of SAME student members and student chapters. Below are the proceedings. Some great discussions came up during in the chat box during each session so the chat log is also included below.

Session 1: Engaging Student Members, Tuesday, August 18th

SlidesRecordingChat Log, Related link: Student Member Application Page
Key Take-away: Add a student member to a Post board.

Session 2: Successful Student Chapter/Post RelationshipsWednesday, August 19th

SlidesRecordingChat Log, Handout: Student Chapter Guidance Manual
Key Take-aways: Create a tab on the Post website for their student chapter; develop student chapter marketing materials; and advertise SAME benefits to faculty advisors as an incentive.

Session 3: Encouraging Student Competition InvolvementThursday, August 20th

SlidesRecordingChat Log
Key Take-away: Create an SAME competition based on student senior design projects.

Notes are still being compiled and will be distributed to COI members and student chapter mentors. 

Academic Partners

SAME offers  academic institutions (colleges, universities, and trade schools) the opportunity to promote their programs, credentials, and certificates to SAME members by becoming an institutional member. Opportunities include advertising in The Military Engineer, SAME's flagship magazine, and/or on the SAME website or online newsletters. To learn more about member benefits for your institution, contact Johnny Frasier, Sales Representative, at

The College Outreach Community of Interest is also looking at how to engage academic partners more. Join us in the conversation.

Community Chair

Anne MacMillian
Blue Stone Environmental


Executive Community Structure

Vice Chairs 
Andrew Bates
, Strategic Planning
Tiffany Castricone Events
Christina Jettie, Communications
Marilyn Zenko, Student Chapter Operations
Ron Welch, Academia Engagement
Nathanial Sheehan, support 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
Neal Wright, National Vice-president

Staff Liaison
Eddie Gonzalez, Program Manager

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.

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.


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 that provides virtual professional development opportunities for all students at the high school and college level to foster engineering leadership for our nation. VSC webinars and events are open to all students.

See below for the upcoming calendar of events. For more information, contact Andra Clapsaddle, VSC Chair.


Distinguished Student Chapters

The SAME Strategic Plan encourages efforts that "enrich the STEM pipeline for the nation." The Distinguished Student Chapter Award recognizes student chapters that are providing programmatic impact towards that strategic goal. That can include encouraging STEM engagement at the K-12 or post-high school level, and/or developing community projects that engage key stakeholders.

To submit your chapter for consideration, download the Distinguished S.C. Submission Form. Deadline to submit for the 2020-21 cycle is April 15, 2021.

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!!

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

The SAME Virtual Student Chapter presents the

One Engineer's Journey from the Front Line to the Backlot


View the recording. Download the slides.




A one-hour session discussing the presenter’s journey from the US Air Force while serving for 26 Years through 9 deployments to civilian industry with an Airline then to my current position with Universal Creative at the Universal Orlando Resort.

Get a sneak peak at his latest project, The Velocicoaster




Anthony 'Tony' Davit

Vice President of Attraction Development

Universal Creative at the Universal Orlando Resort


Click here to view the full bio and save to your calendar.



Past Webinars

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