Fostering Engineering Leadership for the Nation

The first meeting of the SAME Foundation Board of Directors was held January 26, 2017. Establishing the Foundation is a major step toward achieving the goals and objectives of the 2020 SAME Strategic Plan. We now have an enormous opportunity to support the development of the next generation of military, government civilian, and A/E/C industry leaders. The Foundation also will provide a secure and beneficial repository for charitable and other bequeaths from members of the Society and the public at large. We are so fortunate to have an extraordinary group of individuals who have stepped up to lead the SAME Foundation. The Foundation is chaired by Mr. Harold Rosen, D.FSAME.

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The Foundation engages the philanthropic community by identifying areas of the Society worthy of donor investment.

Leader Development Program

Through support from the Foundation, SAME launched the Leader Development Program (LDP) to identify and cultivate talent from within SAME’s membership to address the nation’s grand challenges. The program supports the development of the next generation of world-class military, government, and industry leaders for the Society and our nation through a curriculum of hands-on training, study, and active engagement in new opportunities. The inaugural class met at JETC2019 to begin the year-long program with graduation occurring at JETC2020. Learn more about LDP.

Read about the program in the SAME Bricks and Clicks blog.


Working with the network of SAME Posts, volunteers, and sponsors, and support from the SAME Foundation, the Society of American Military Engineers develops, maintains, and grows a variety of camps to provide in-person experiences to students interested in exploring STEM-related skills and careers. The net outcome is more STEM professionals available to meet needs of our nation. To learn more, visit our camps page or download the camps flyer.

Camp Alumni Scholarships

The Foundation supports a scholarship program for Engineering & Construction camp alumni. Qualified applicants must have attended a SAME Engineering & Construction Camp, are currently high-school seniors preparing to enter college, and will major in engineering, architecture, or an engineering-related field. Learn more about this scholarships.


The Foundation supports the participation of SAME members to serve as mentors at the Engineering and Construction camps. Mentors play a vital role in providing a rigorous and supportive camp experience. By interacting with the campers, their guidance and advice, based on their own experience and education, creates strong bonds that last beyond our camps. Participants are no longer alone in their pursuit of a STEM degree. They know they have someone they can contact to get answers or support. This relationship is extremely valuable to their academic and professional trajectory. Click here for more details.


SAME Foundation Board

Harold Rosen, D.FSAME
Foundation President and Board Chair 
Anthony Leketa, P.E., D.FSAME, SES (Ret.)
Foundation Vice-president and Board Vice-chair
Maj. Gen. Timothy Byers, F.SAME, USAF (Ret.) Suzanne DiGeronimo, RA, F.SAME
Rear Adm. Gary Engle, P.E., F.SAME, USN (Ret.)  Maj. Gen. Eugene Lupia, P.E., D.FSAME, USAF (Ret.)
Angie Martinez, P.E. RADM Dave Nash, P.E., F.SAME, CEC, USN (Ret.)
Maj. Gen. John Peabody, P.E., USA (Ret.) Jane Penny, P.E., D.FSAME
CAPT Bob Schlesinger, P.E., F.SAME, CEC, USN (Ret.) Susan Thames, F.SAME

Supporting Documentation

Nominating Procedures 12 Aug 19 Post Funds Policy
SAME Foundation Brief (as of April 2020) SAME Foundation FAQs (as of April 2020)
Investment Policy Guidance SAME Foundation Business Plan (as of 30 Oct 16)
NFP Guide_2012 Non-profit Board Fiduciary Responsibilities

Historical Documentation

SAME Foundation Bylaws (approved May 26, 2020)  
08-13-20 Foundation Board Minutes  
06-24-20 Foundation Board Minutes 05-26-20 Foundation Board Minutes
03-16-20 Foundation Board Minutes 01-30-20 Foundation Board Minutes
11-20-19 Foundation Board Minutes 5-7-2019 Foundation Board Minutes
3-11-19 Foundation Board Minutes 11-1-18 Foundation Board Minutes
8-31-18 Foundation Board Minutes 5-23-18_Foundation_Board_Minutes
4-9-18 Foundation Board Minutes 3-5-18 Foundation Board Minutes
11-15-17_Foundation_Board_Minutes 8-11-17 Foundation Board Minutes
5-23-17 Foundation Board Minutes 3-8-17 Foundation Board Minutes
1-26-17 Foundation Board Minutes 3-10-16 Foundation Board Minutes
4-28-16 Foundation Board Minutes 8-30-16 Foundation Board Update
9-29-16 Foundation Board Minutes Foundation Advertisement-v1-GeneralTME
Foundation Advertisement-v2-Vietnam Foundation Roll-out Concept
Foundation Board Nominating Procedures Certificate of Incorporation
Articles of Incorporation SAME National Foundation 21 Mar 16 IRS Determination Letter
IRS Final 2023 May 2016 IRS Form 1023 Supplemental Information

SAME Foundation Board of Directors Nomination Form

The nomination form to serve on the SAME Foundation Board of Directors is currently closed.

To be notified when the nominations process opens up again in 2021, please contact Eddie Gonzalez, Foundation Program Manager, at