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.”





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 announce an undergraduate innovation challenge to identify and recognize the next great ideas. 

A major part of project design is communicating the project’s purpose and utility, and describing the design process to others, including colleagues, superiors, outside clients, or the general public. Effective communication is key to expressing the importance of your work to relevant stakeholders. This competition is meant to emphasize that importance. It builds on design projects you may be developing as part of degree curriculums. With a focus on the utility of the design and the ability to bring it to market, we hope to highlight the innovative thinking of SAME student members.

Download the competition instructions and submission form by clicking here.


January 2021 Community Call Notes

Here are some highlights of discussion items from the January 20th COI call. Recordings and slides available below:

  • Patrick Bass, Chair of Competitions, is ready to announce a senior-design project competition instructions. You can also send me and Patrick ( your feedback directly.
  • Senior Chapter Mentor, Mike Scarano, is hosting the student chapter mentors for a brainstorming session January 21 on chapter best practices.
  • Kiewit, an SAME sustaining member, has agreed to provide a skills-based, webinar series for our student members. See attached draft flyer. If your firm offers trainings that may be appropriate for our student members and would like to discuss your own branded series, please contact Eddie Gonzalez at


Recording (YouTube)
Innovations Challenge: A Project Design Competitions (Instructions)
Kiewit Student Webinar Series Flyer


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 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.


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!!

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:
Learn to Lead During a Crises

Part of the Kiewit Student Member Webinar Series: Building a Foundation of Professional Skills

Download the flyer.

The SAME Virtual Student Chapter (VSC) has partnered with Kiewit, an SAME sustaining member firm, to host a webinar series for student members meant to address foundational skills all students should know. Kiewit is a SAME sustaining member that has been providing high-quality engineering services across the country since 1884. The Kiewit workforce includes 12,000 core staff and 11,000 skilled craft workers. Each year, Kiewit also hosts over 600 college interns across their various divisions representing over 25 colleges and universities. Proper training is paramount to the success of their workforce. We are pleased to bring their knowledge to our SAME student members.

Innovative Thinking (February 18, 2021 at 4 pm EST)
Facilitator:  Aoife McArdle – District Proposal Manager, Kiewit
Click here to add it you’re your calendar:

Next in the series:

Resume Writing/Interview Skills (March 16, 2021 at 4 pm EST)
Facilitator: Metta Dollar – Sr. Talent Acquisition Manager, Kiewit
Click here to add it you’re your calendar:

Don’t miss out on these great professional development opportunities. Please note: these webinars are open to all members.

Past Webinars

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

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