About the SAME Century Book

In recognition of its Centennial in 2020, SAME has undertaken commissioning of an anniversary book that will both chronicle its first 100 years and outline where the Society is headed to begin its second century of service to the nation, and the profession.

The Century Book is expected to be published in May 2021, in time for the culmination of SAME’s three-year Centennial Celebration at the 2021 JETC, which will be held in Portland, Ore. Research and writing will take place over the course of the next year.

Titled SAME: The Second Century Begins – Preparing for the Future with a Look to the Past, the Century Book will examine how and why the Society was founded, and its importance since 1920 in bringing the greater body of engineering professionals from the military, public, private, and academic together to solve infrastructure challenges, build trust, increase readiness, and support the next generation of leaders. Included within will be archival material from SAME’s history, perspectives from past and current members, milestones of note, distinguished members, insights on the Society’s role in leading collaboration throughout the last 100 years, and examples of the total engineering profession working together to solve national security infrastructure-related challenges.

Importantly, the Century Book will not just articulate our past. A primary outcome of the book is to define our future—how our members, partners, and stakeholders are embracing SAME's unique role in enhancing industry-government collaboration, strengthening resilience throughout our communities, producing STEM professionals for the nation, developing leaders for the profession, and preparing veterans for the A/E/C industry.

The Century Book also will fully emphasize the role of SAME Posts, the bedrock upon which the Society was founded. The book will incorporate images and summaries from many Post Centennial Celebrations, which are mainly scheduled to be held during Phase III of the three-year Centennial Celebration (May 2020-May 2021). Posts have been provided submission guidelines to be followed for sending in information covering their local Centennial Celebrations; this will serve to maintain consistent quality of the recaps in the book for the celebrations.

Publication & Ordering

The Century Book will be published in May 2021 to ensure that Post Centennial Celebrations (Phase III) are incorporated. Ordering opportunities will be made available ahead of publication. More information will be provided as we get closer.


“The list of our charter members is splendidly representative of the American Engineering profession. It includes the names of men of national, even international prominence in engineering affairs. Every branch of engineering is represented.”

– Maj. Gen. William Black, USA (Ret.), SAME National President 1920-1926