Industry-Government Engagement Award

Industry-Government Engagement Award

For excellence and leadership in supporting the Society’s Industry-Government Engagement (IGE) Plan by truly making a difference in the areas of project delivery, problem solving, thought leadership, policy, education, or awareness.  This award will recognize individuals that have initiated, led, and finalized an effort from inception to fruition.  The award is subject dependent (may not be awarded every year) but may be awarded to multiple individuals in a given year.

This award further serves to recognize those individuals who have advanced SAME’s enduring purpose since our beginning in 1920: promote solidarity and cooperation between engineers in civil and military life.


Must be an SAME Member and IGE efforts must be documented in official form via SAME National correspondence, SAME Perspectives, TME, National Board of Direction, policy change or policy/program creation at local, regional, or national levels.

Nomination Criteria
  • Outstanding Leadership and support to solving a challenge affecting industry, government, and the industry-government interface from inception to acceptable outcome.  An acceptable outcome can be a contribution to project delivery (e.g. SAME Perspectives), resolution of a challenge, a change to policy, an establishment of a program, or a significant contribution to the awareness of SAME’s role in leading industry-government collaboration.
    Example – authored white-paper leading to a Post IGE Workshop, placement on a policy focus group, grass-roots education and communication to members, and a positive policy update that will change how government and industry do business together.
  • Outcome must substantially contribute to policy or programs for the benefit of the industry and the nation placing SAME as a “thought leader” on the subject.
  • Individual must be directly and personally involved in coordination of industry-government collaboration leading to the acceptable outcome.
Nomination Process

Nominations will only be made online using the designated application form on the SAME website.  Nominations will only be accepted during the designated dates.  Self-nominations will be considered.  Nominations must include a supporting narrative in the format outlined and supporting documentation of outcomes of the effort.  The nomination should cover the duration of the endeavor and be a maximum of 3 pages, 11 pt font.  The National Leadership Team determines awardees.


The award will be similar to other individual society awards, with the addition of a banner across the top, “Industry – Government Engagement.”  It is important that the medal is presented in the SAME tradition of crest and red, white and black ribbon, with the distinction of the banner.  IGE is the cornerstone for which our Society was founded and should remain a distinguished point of recognition for those within the society that make a direct impact and affect change.

IGE Award Past Recipients
Year Industry Government Post
2021 Lee Ann Zelesnikar, iSoft Solutions   Rhein Main Post
2020 Bonnie Hopke, F.SAME RADM John Korka, P.E., F.SAME, CEC, USN Denver Metro Post
2019 Philiose Angelides, F.SAME Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, P.E., USA, HQ USACE San Antonio Post
2018 Col. Miroslav Kurka, P.E., PMP, F.SAME, USA (Ret.), Mead & Hunt   Philadelphia Post
2017 Capt. Mike Blount, P.E., LEED AP, F.SAME, USN (Ret.), AECOM
Col. Bill Haight, P.E., USA (Ret.), Louis Berger
Neeld Wilson, PG, Gator Engineering & Aquifer Restoration