SDSU Student Chapter

The San Diego State University Student Chapter of the SAME San Diego Post was established in October 2011 with the mission of supporting national security and organizations that support national security.  The accomplished professionals who are affiliated with the Post are an excellent mentorship resource for engineering students at SDSU. 

The Chapter has approximately 20 active members, most of whom are student-veterans, who genuinely support the mission of SAME.  Many student members are veterans with a Veterans Administration disability classification of 30% or greater and who are in school under the Wounded Warriors Act.  There are approximately 1,000 veterans on campus with 147 active duty and veterans in the engineering program.

The Chapter has a Constitution and Bylaws approved by the Post and SAME National Headquarters and is a recognized SDSU Student Organization.  Members must be currently enrolled students of SDSU.

Benefits of Membership

  • Access to high quality, professionally oriented programs and activities that engender camaraderie and facilitate and improve communication among students, the military services and private sector firms
  • Excellent networking and mentoring opportunities with engineering/construction professionals and military engineers
  • Advancement of scientific and engineering education through professional development
  • Mentorship opportunities with Post members
  • Recognition of student members by the Post
  • Opportunities to give back through veteran and community outreach
  • Participation in Post-sponsored workshops, lunches, annual golf tournament and other Post activities

 Activities and Outreach

  • Involvement in Post activities through volunteering and becoming Young Members
  • Mentors at SAME/Seabees Engineering and Construction Camp
  • Outreach to active duty military personnel (especially wounded warriors) to encourage their pursuit of higher education endeavors
  • Promote senior projects that benefit wounded warriors

Chapter Meetings

The Chapter holds a monthly leadership board meeting and general body meeting in the Dean’s Conference Room at SDSU. A pizza lunch is funded by the Post at the monthly general body meetings.  Topics of the meetings include planning for future activities and events, and guest speakers on a variety of professional topics.

To learn more about the SAME SDSU Student Chapter, visit the SAME SDSU Student Chapter website by clicking here.

You can also learn about the Troops to Engineers

STEM Engineering and Construction Camps

The Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego Posts are teamed with SAME National and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) 29 Palms to offer a STEM and Construction Camp.  It has been a few years since we had a STEM Camp in SoCal, and we are very excited for this inaugural Camp to be held on base at 29 Palms.

We are looking for Campers (High School students, 9-12 graders), Mentors (<40 yr. old STEM professional or student), and Sponsors.  The event is this Spring, April 6-8 and will be on base at 29 Palms.  We are finalizing the curriculum, but it may include the following STEM events: concrete beam construction, Engineering Reaction Course, Drone Races and more.

This is a great opportunity to further SAME’s mission to foster the next generation of engineering and construction professionals supporting our military and our country.  Take action to inspire our future engineers and leaders by supporting this Camp!

Where: MCAGCC 29 Palms, CA
When: 6-8 Apr 2018.

This is a three day overnight camp and the cost is just $30, an incredible opportunity and value.  There is no cost for Mentors and we ask they arrive late afternoon on Thursday April 5th.


Please see the flyers for CampersMentors and Sponsors more information. 


Contact the Camp Director, Jim Carter (jcarter@emaxlabs.com, 310-618-8889 x105), with questions.

Thanks to the following Sponsors:

Michael Baker International

Betance Enterprises, Inc.

EJR Resources, LLC


Spire Consulting Group, LLC

Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Once again, the San Diego Chapter of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) will grant about 15 scholarships to local college and university engineering and architectural students. The scholarships will range in value from $2,500 to $5,000 each and is awarded exclusively to individuals pursuing a degree in Engineering or Architecture.

In addition, we have added a specific scholarship to honor our former SAME Board of Directors member, Jackie Dunn, who died from fatal injuries sustained in a cycling accident in 2014. This scholarship will be awarded to a female engineer who, in addition to meeting all other requirements, best represents the ideals that Jackie demonstrated. Those qualities include a dedication to professional excellence, proactive involvement in the local community, and a passion for helping others to reach their personal goals. Additional information will be provided to those who candidates who meet all other qualification requirements.

Applications will be accepted directly from the students. The candidates must be undergraduates and display enthusiastic promise in their studies. Grade point average will not be the only consideration. Involvement in other professional activities and organizations, employment and internship history, and financial need are among other key considerations. See attachment below for Application.

SAME Undergraduate Scholarship Application

2015 SAME SD Post Scholarships

 Scholarships were presented May 14 during the monthly luncheon. Congratulations to all of the winners!

  • Brent Knickerbocker – SR, San Diego State University Computer Engineering – $2,500
  • Keith Nelms – SR, San Diego State University Civil, Engineering – $2,500
  • Jeromy Suko – SR, San Diego State University, Aerospace Engineering – $3,000
  • Boyd Wheeler  – JR, New School of Architecture and Design, Architecture – $3,000
  • Tan Pham – JR, New School of Architecture and Design, Architecture – $3,000
  • Christian Garcia – SR, New School of Architecture and Design, Architecture – $3,000
  • Julio Adrian Medina – JR, New School of Architecture and Design, Architecture – $3,000
  • Raymond Powell – SR, San Diego State University, Mechanical Engineering – $3,000
  • Elijah Elliot – SR, San Diego State University, Construction Engineering and Management – $4,000
  • Joshua Black – JR, San Diego State University, Electrical Engineering – $4,000
  • Alina Meza – JR, New School of Architecture and Design, Architecture – $4,000 (Jackie Price Dunn Award winner)


Student Name: Currently Attending: Plans to attend: Intended Major: Amount:
Maggie Orourke-Liggett Carlsbad High School SDSU/USD/Oregon State Chemical Eng $1,250
James Betz Santa Margarita Catholic HS Stevens Institute of Technology Chemical Eng $1,250
Davina Moossazadeh Canyon Crest Academy UC Berkeley Biomedical Eng $2,500



2013 Scholarship Winners


Previous Year Scholarship Sponsors:

With much appreciation, SAME recognizes the following sponsors for their generous donations to the 2011 SAME San Diego Education and Mentoring Fund:

Gold $1000:

Silver $500:

Bronze $250:


  • Carrier Johnson
  • HDR
  • Sundt Construction
  • AGS Inc.
  • Cumming Clark
  • KTU&A
  • Moffatt and Nichols Engineers
  • Turbo CM
  • Rore Inc.
  • BSE Engineering



High School Scholarship Program:

The San Diego Chapter of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) intends to grant up to $5000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors who intend to pursue a college degree in either engineering or architecture. The program is only open to San Diego Post members dependents.

Applications will be accepted directly from the students. The candidates must be entering college this fall and display enthusiastic promise in their studies. Grade point average will not be the only consideration. Involvement in other extra-curricular activities and organizations and financial need are among other key considerations. Interviews will be scheduled with the candidates deemed best qualified by the SAME Scholarship Committee following a review of individual applications.

In addition to the cash award and a scholarship certificate, each scholarship winner will be invited to the SAME Awards Ceremony luncheon.

The scholarship application package for each individual must be received no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, March 30th.

SAME High School Senior Scholarship Application