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.


Fireside Chat with Lt. Gen. Robert Flowers, P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret.), Golden Eagle Recipient

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AOF Summer Newsletter

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Upcoming Dates:

November 18, 12:00 pm EST
Fellows Town Hall Meeting.  Join here: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/822264013

The History of the Academy of Fellows

Executive Committee

 Chair Rear Adm. Mark Handley, P.E., F.SAME, USN (Ret.)
Deputy Chair  Richard "Rad" Delaney, AIA, LEED AP, F.SAME
Vice Chair, Communications & Marketing Melissa Smith, F.SAME
Vice Chair, Post Outreach & Engagment Lt. Col. John Osborn, F.SAME, USA (Ret.)
Vice Chair, Awards & Recognition Sally Riker, F.SAME
Vice Chair, Internal  Ann Ewy, PMP, F.SAME
Vice Chair, Mentoring Philios Angelides, P.E., F.SAME
Vice Chair, Events Sharon Krock, F.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
Lt. Col. Buddy Barnes, P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret.) Lt. Col. Scott Prosuch, F.SAME, USA (Ret.)

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 Richard A. Rubin, P.E., F.SAME, PacRim Engineering
Carolinas Joseph C. LaVoie, P.E., F.SAME, Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp.
Europe Col. Anthony Higdon, P.E., F.SAME, USAF, HQ USAFE-AFAFRICA/A4
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 Denise A. Tegtmeyer, P.E., F.SAME
Northwest Lawrence J. Toimil, F.SAME, EHS-International Inc.
Ohio Valley Timothy N. "Tim" Kyper, P.E., F.SAME, DiGioia, Gray & Associates, LLC
Pacific Brig Gen Roy-Alan Agustin, F.SAME, USAF (Ret.), NAVFAC Pacific
Rocky Mountain Col Ronald A. Torgerson, P.E., CPMP, CHS-V, F.SAME, USAF (Ret.)
South Atlantic Capt. Mike Blount, P.E., F.SAME, USN (Ret.), AECOM
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.



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AOF Mentoring

SAME’s strategic plan calls for establishing a Society-wide strategy, to promote and advance a robust and integrated mentoring program encompassing all levels of the Society National Headquarters, Posts, and Individual Members. Building on our historic commitment to mentoring, the Academy of Fellows (AOF) is accepting the challenge, asking our members to actively join the rank of “Mentor” by increasing their engagement in SAME mentoring activities.

Charge: “I charge you to be a mentor. A Fellow fully understands the importance of growing future professionals and leaders and continually seeks opportunities to do so. A Fellow actively participates in SAME education, training and professional development programs, sharing experience, insight, expertise and best practices and doing so with enthusiasm. May the laurel branch with berries on your medallion remind you to remain a mentor throughout your professional career.”

Pledge “I pledge to fulfill the charges to me as a SAME Fellow. I will be a role model and mentor….”

Role of a Mentor

As a Fellow, share your knowledge, skills and expertise to shape the future. By serving as a mentor to tomorrow's leaders, you uphold the dignity and quality of the profession and advance the professionalism of SAME Members. As a mentor, you interact and communicate with mentees, on a consistent basis, both in-person or by other means, and serve in many important roles, including:


  • Arrange for the mentee to participate in high-visibility activities within your organization and in SAME-sponsored activities.
  • Encourage members in your organization to take a leadership role in SAME at the Post, Regional or National level. Show interest in their participation and become a resource for information.


  • Communicate the formal and informal realities of progression in your organization.
  • Recommend beneficial training opportunities (esp. SAME-sponsored opportunities).
  • Recommend appropriate strategies for career direction, and act as a sounding board for ideas and career concerns
  • Review mentee’s professional development plan at least once a year.
  • Identify resources to help the mentee solve specific problems, then follow up to ensure that the referred resources were useful or engage in dialog to answer questions.


  • Clarify performance goals and developmental needs.
  • Teach managerial, communications and technical skills (on the job training)
  • Recommend specific behaviors for professional and individual development success.


  • Expand the mentee’s network of professional contacts, starting with introductions to colleagues at SAME events that you attend together.
  • Bring together different mentees who might mutually benefit by networking and collaborating with each other.
  • Connect mentees with appropriate educational or employment opportunities.
  • Help members in your organization pursue licensing or certification by providing time off to study/take the test, paying for prep courses and/or the test.
  • Engage mentees in Post committee initiatives or other activities to provide a forum for peer group interaction.

National Mentor Opportunities

Engineering & Construction Camps – Actively engage in recruiting potential young professionals to volunteer and serve as mentors, squad leaders, logistical support, and other staff positions that ensures the camps continued success. Mentor recruitment activities are in high gear January – June. To learn more about camp mentor recruitment and how you can help, visit the main camps page. You can also contact Scott Prosuch, AOF Vice-chair for External Relations and camp director for the US Air Force Academy camp.

Leader Development Program – Serve as a mentor to help shepherd the professional development of these promising professionals throughout the program year. In this role, you will provide individual professional guidance and support to advance their leadership skills. Mentors are typically recruited in April of each year. To learn more, visit the main LDP page. or contact Susan Thames, LDP Mentor POC.

Young Professionals Community of Interest – Foster the relationship that has been forged with the Young Professionals Community of Interest (COI). Support the joint activities at National events, as well as. networking lunches, co-hosted happy hours, professional development webinars, speed mentoring, and one-on-one connections at the Post level. To learn more about Young Professionals, visit the YP COI page, or contact James Buckingham, the YP Mentoring POC, or Philios Angelides, the AOF Mentoring POC.

Searching for a Mentor

Finding the right mentor can help you elevate your career. With over 900 members, there is a Fellow who understands your position, functional area, and goals and aspiration. And mentoring will cover the full continuum of an individual’s career development path – from school, to college, to career start and progression to management and leadership roles. Whether you are active military, federal civilian, or private industry employee, or still in school or college, AOF can match you with a successful professional to help shape your skills, navigate your career path, and support you in accessing the resources necessary to advance. Contact Philios Angelides, the AOF Mentoring POC.


Mentoring Matters No Matter Where (video)

Presenter: Colonel Ray Kimball, Chief of Faculty Learning, Innovation, Collaboration, and Research and Director of the Center for Junior Officers, U.S. Military Academy at West Point

Join Col Kimball on a prerecorded discussion on why mentoring matters. Topics include whether or not mentoring is different for enlisted, officers, and industry; the difference between coaching and mentoring; whether or not supervisors can or should be mentors; peer mentoring; and cross-gender/cross-ethnicity mentoring. This is a valuable webinar for those looking for the perfect mentor and those wishing to be true leaders with the capacity to mentor others.

Give us your Feedback

Communicate your Post’s mentoring activities and relevant stories by completing this webform for our compilation of best practices and lessons learned.

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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SAME Fellow Impact


How has being a SAME Fellow impacted your Career?

“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

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