K-12 STEM Outreach Community

SAME STEM Outreach mission photo

Community Mission

The K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Outreach Community of Interest’s mission is to promote and support pathways to STEM degrees and STEM careers for K-12 students as part of the national strategic effort to produce more STEM professionals for the nation.


The K-12 STEM Outreach Committee provides for the security of the nation by ensuring a robust STEM workforce.


K-12 students need to be exposed to STEM activities, degrees, and careers as they move up the academic ladder. The committee will work with the network of Posts, individual members, sustaining members, service branches, and strategic partners to increase opportunities for STEM exposure for K-12 students. The COI will also promote the Society’s STEM programming at local, regional, and national events, as resources allow.

  • Categorize different examples of how the Post/individuals support K-12 STEM at the local level
  • Identify and provide guest speakers/webinars on relevant topics
  • Serve as a clearinghouse of STEM information
  • Provide a calendar of STEM (SAME/Post and external) events and points of contacts

To learn more about the K-12 STEM Outreach Community of interest, contact a member of the Steering Committee, or reach out to Jeannine Finton, STEM Coordinator.

Community Leaders
Liza Grudin
Community Chair

Liza Grudin, PE, ME, ENV SP
President, NovelEsolutions Inc.

View Liza’s leadership profile.

Joshua A. Graham
Community Chair-Elect

Joshua Graham, P.E., PMP
Project Manager, HDR

View Joshua’s leadership profile.

Jeffrey L. Leonard
Vice Chair, Strategic Alliance

Jeffrey Leonard, PE, CFPS, FSAME
Systems Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory

View Jeffrey’s leadership profile.

Community Structure

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion LiaisonVictoria Hernandez, Environmental Manager, Jacobs

Awards and Recognition LiaisonTraci Dewar, CFM, Deputy Director, 1st Special Operations Mission Support Group

Camps COI LiaisonErin Krug, Structural Engineer, USACE St. Paul District

College Outreach LiaisonThad Tobaben, Business Development, Kiewit Engineering Group Inc.

Enlisted Member COI LiaisonTech Sgt. Eric Tucker, Exterior Electrical Systems, Minot AFB

SAME National Webinars