Young Professionals Community

SAME Young Professional COI

Community Mission

The mission of the SAME Young Professionals Community of Interest (YP COI) is to be an advocate for and engage young professionals in support of the SAME Strategic Plan through outreach, training, networking and recognition. The COI provides educational programming, hosts networking activities, promotes leadership and engagement opportunities, and emphasizes recognition of young professionals within the Society.

Mentoring & Recognition. Highlight your achievements or those of another YP in TME!  Please use the following Spotlight Nomination form, or contact Summer Gladden, Communications Vice Chair, with any questions.

Communications. Have a Post Event or YP Achievement to share in our next newsletter? Contact Summer Gladden, Communications Vice Chair.

Engineering & Construction Camps. Each spring, SAME’s Engineering & Construction Camps recruit volunteers to serve as mentors and camp counselors. Visit the camps webpage to learn more. Contact Kelvin Edmonds, Acting Camps YP Liaison, with any questions.

Credentialing Assistance Program

SAME believes that the engineering community is strengthened when engineers and other practictioners obtain professional licensure and certifications. To assist this, the Credentialing Assistance Program (CAP) is provided as a member benefit to reimburse anyone who obtains certain credentials. Reimbursement can apply to exam fees or study materials. For complete information and restrictions visit the CAP webpage. For additional information, contact Tim Dahms, Vice Chair for Credentialing.

Community Leaders
Corey Weaver

Community Chair


Community Structure
Organization Structure

Immediate Past Chair: Victoria Mechtly, RS&H

Secretary: VACANT

Programs/Education Vice ChairElena Soto, EIT, Jacobs

Credentialing Vice Chair: Tim Dahms, P.E., NAVFAC

Communications Vice Chair: Summer Gladden, LEED AP, BD+C, CF APMP, Leebcor

Conferences Vice Chair: Suzanne Grix, Forgen

SAME POCJeannine Finton, SAME National Office

2023 JETC Stipends

A limited number of stipends to attend the 2023 Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo in San Antonio (May 2-4) will be awarded to active SAME young professionals and enlisted members who have demonstrated support of the Society at the Post or national level, and who might not otherwise be able to attend. Stipends provide complimentary registration, travel (up to $500 CONUS and up to $1,500 OCONUS) and a hotel stay of up to four nights. Recipients will be accepted based on SAME participation; professional development; and accomplishments and/or deployments.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Industry or Government/Military
  • Young Professional who is 39 or under at the time of 2023 JETC
  • Member of SAME for at least 18 months at time of application
  • Active member of a SAME Post, Field Chapter or National Community of Interest for the past year (as reflected in the nomination form)
  • A letter of endorsement from the Post or Field Chapter President or COI Chair supporting the award of a stipend
  • Completion of the online application form, which includes a short summary of SAME Participation; Professional Development; and Accomplishments and/or Deployments

Application deadline: Wednesday, March 1, 2023

View the application form to apply

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