About the Academy

The SAME Academy of Fellows recognizes those members who have rendered dedicated and outstanding service to the Society, military engineering, and the A/E/C profession. SAME has bestowed the title of Fellow on select members since 1972; however in 1995 an academy was founded to formally acknowledge these distinguished individuals for their dedication to SAME and the A/E/C profession. Today, there are more than 800 members of the Academy of Fellows.

AOF Webinar: Mentoring & Fellows

Thanks to those who attended the AOF Webinar on January 16th, 2020!  Our speaker, COL Ray Kimball, Ph.D., USA, did an excellent job summarizing his research on mentoring and providing excellent advice moving forward.
Topics CoveredWhy Mentoring Matters, Is Mentoring Different for Enlisted and Officers? Coaching vs. Mentoring, Supervisors as Mentors, Peer Mentoring, Cross-Gender and Cross-Ethnicity Mentoring.

To purchase COL Kimball's books, click here

For PDFs of his books, click below:
Army Officer's Guide to Mentoring
Army NCO's Guide to Mentoring

You may listen to the recording here.

PDH Certificate

The Young Member Community will host COL Kimball's final webinar on March 25th, 12:00 EST.  Please visit their web page for details closer to the date.  He will be speaking to the AOF, Young Members and Enlisted communities during lunch at JETC, May 28th.


Executive Committee

 Chair Lt. Col. Neal Wright, P.E., PMP, F.SAME, F.ASCE, F.NSPE, USA (Ret.)
Deputy Chair  Richard "Rad" Delaney, AIA, LEED AP, F.SAME
Vice Chair, Communications & Marketing Melissa Smith, F.SAME
Vice Chair, Recognition Lt. Col. John Osborn, F.SAME, USA (Ret.)
Vice Chair, Events Sally Riker, F.SAME
Vice Chair, Internal  Ann Ewy, F.SAME
Vice Chair, External Lt. Col. Scott Prosuch, F.SAME, USA (Ret.)
SAME Executive Director Brig. Gen. Joseph Schroedel, P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret.), SAME
SAME Staff Point of Contact Kathy Off, CGMP, PMP, SAME

Distinguished Fellow Advisory Committee

The first group of Distinguished Fellows was agreed upon by the National Leadership Team in May 2018 from the entire list of Fellows, using distinct criteria that demonstrated their continued dedication to the Society since becoming a Fellow.  The below Distinguished Fellows constitute the Advisory Committee to the Fellows Leadership above.

Capt. James Donahue, P.E., F.SAME, USCG (Ret.) Col. Anthony Leketa, P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret.)
Maj. Gen. Eugene Lupia, P.E., F.SAME, USAF (Ret.) Linda McKnight, F.SAME
Jane Penny, P.E., F.SAME Harold Rosen, F.SAME

Regional Fellows Points of Contact

Each of SAME’s 17 regions has a Fellows Regional Point of Contact to ensure that Fellows throughout each region are kept abreast of happenings within the Academy of Fellows and to be able to solicit support for local, regional and national events.

California John Accardi Jr., F.SAME, Weston Solutions Inc.
Carolinas Jury Y. Brown, III, P.E., F.SAME, ZAPATA
Europe Allan Lucht, P.E., F.SAME, AFCEC
Great Lakes Philip Spalding, P.E., F.SAME, Tetra Tech, Inc.
Lower Mississippi CUCM (SCW) Rodger Aitken, P.E.,  F.SAME, USNR (Ret.), PWD Mid-South
Mid-Atlantic Capt. James H. "Jim" Donahue, P.E.,  F.SAME, USCG (Ret.)
Missouri River David A. Packard, R.A., PMP, F.SAME, USACE
New England Sheila Warren, F.SAME, Geocomp Corp.
North Atlantic Amy D'Alonzo-Basehoar, KOMAN Holdings, LLC.
Northwest Martin J. "Marty" Boivin, P.E., F.SAME, Shannon & Wilson Inc.
Ohio Valley Timothy N. "Tim" Kyper, P.E., F.SAME, DiGioia, Gray & Associates, LLC
Pacific Capt. William F. "Will" Boudra, P.E., F.SAME,  USN (Ret.), NAVFAC Pacific
Rocky Mountain Col Ronald A. Torgerson, P.E., CPMP, CHS-V, F.SAME, USAF (Ret.)
South Atlantic Gwen Parker, F.SAME, The Parker Connection
South Central Mike Thompson, P.E., F.SAME, Thompson Engineering
Southwest Col. Richard Houghton, CFM, F.SAME, USAF (Ret.), City Light and Power
TEXOMA Jim O'Brien, P.E., F.SAME, O'Brien Engineering Inc.



E-mails pertaining to Fellows are sent via the SAME database.  It is imperative that your record is up-to-date if you want to receive Fellows Communications.  To update your record, you must login (top of the page) and then click on "Member Account" in the left menu.

Annual Fellows Events

Annual Fellows Events

Each year, the SAME Academy of Fellows sponsors and helps support a number of events including mentoring activity at the Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo, luncheons in connection with other SAME national events, and nominations for Fellow, Golden Eagle Awards, and the Gerald C. Brown Mentoring Award.

The Academy’s three major events—Golden Eagle Awards Dinner, Fellows Investiture Ceremony, and one of the AOF Luncheons (sometimes in conjunction with a Conclave)—are held together each March in the Washington, D.C. area as part of SAME Capital Week.

Golden Eagle Awards Dinner

This premier formal awards dinner recognizes two outstanding Americans: one, an SAME Fellow, for their contributions to the A/E/C profession; and the other, often a non-member, for their contributions to national security. The evening also includes a networking reception.

Fellows Investiture Ceremony

The new Class of Fellows is invested into the Academy of Fellows each year during a ceremony preceding the Golden Eagle Awards Dinner. The ceremony includes presentation of the Gerald C. Brown Mentoring Award, which is given annually to an SAME Fellow for outstanding mentoring and support of the SAME mission.

Academy of Fellows Luncheons

These events serve as a means for Fellows to come together during major SAME National events to discuss issues and network. Current and new Fellows are welcome to attend, network, and hear presentations on topics of interest to the Academy of Fellows.  There is usually an RSVP option on event registrations for you to note your attendance. The event is only open to Fellows.

Academy of Fellows Conclave

The conclave offers discussions and activities to challenge and inspire Fellows personally and professionally. SAME members who have achieved the distinction of Fellow represent the most dedicated and influential individuals in the Society. The conclave will offer the opportunity to work together to find ways that the Academy of Fellows can actively and effectively live the Fellows charge and pledge.


Fellows Awards Program

Fellows Awards Program

The SAME Academy of Fellows presents three awards each year—the Golden Eagle Award for Contributions to National Security, the Golden Eagle Award for Contributions to the A/E/C Profession, and the Gerald C. Brown Mentoring Award.

Golden Eagle Award

The Academy of Fellows will honor two outstanding Americans: an SAME Fellow for outstanding contributions to the engineering profession; and a prominent leader for significant contributions to national security. The Golden Eagle Dinner is a prestigious event where all members of the government and military engineering, construction and architecture industries are encouraged to attend. Golden Eagle Award nominations are handled through the Academy of Fellows leadership.

Gerald C. Brown Mentoring Award

SAME created a Mentoring Award in 2005 to recognize Fellows for outstanding mentoring efforts. In 2009, the award was renamed the Gerald C. Brown Mentoring Award in honor of Brig. Gen. Gerald C. “Jed” Brown, USA (Ret.), who chaired the Working Group that formalized organizing the Fellows into an Academy in 1994 and served as the first chair in 1995.

Academy of Fellows

History of the SAME Academy of Fellows

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List of Fellows

Historical SAME Fellows Listing

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2018 Investiture

SAME 2018 Academy of Fellows
Investiture Ceremony

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2017 Investiture

SAME 2017 Academy of Fellows Investiture Ceremony

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2016 Investiture

SAME 2016 Academy of Fellows Investiture Ceremony

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2015 Investiture

SAME 2015 Academy of Fellows Investiture Ceremony

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“I urge you to approach this honor of being invested as a Fellow not as a moment in time, or a professional ‘lifetime achievement award’ of sorts. Rather, I urge you to approach your new status as Fellow as the start of a new opportunity, a charge to be a role model, a charge to be a mentor, and a charge to share all you have learned with future leaders with whom much can be shared, and just as much learned.”

-Heather Wishart-Smith, P.E., PMP, LEED AP, F.SAME, F.ASCE, 2018 Gerald C. Brown Mentoring Awardee