SAME Student Members
Student Members represent the next generation of innovative STEM thinkers ready to take on the engineering challenges facing our national security. The Society is committed to recognizing the need to cultivate this valuable asset, and provide mentoring, occupational, training, leadership, and networking opportunities.
Joining SAME as a Student Member is a great way to learn more about the A/E/C industry and the nation’s critical infrastructure needs, begin to build your professional network, and find and develop mentoring relationships, and connect with peers interested in similar career paths.
Student Members can participate in Student Chapters, which are located in colleges, universities, and service academies across the country. Because they are sponsored by an SAME Post, Student Chapters also provide an opportunity for deeper connections to local professionals and mentors in the A/E/C industry.
Alabama A&M University
University of Alaska Anchorage
|Tim Gould & Kim Riggs
|San Francisco, CA
Fresno State University
|CDR Samuel Lee
San Diego State University
|Denver Metro Post
University of Colorado-Boulder
Gulf Coast State College-Florida State University
Georgia Southern University
University of Louisville
University of Maryland College Park
United States Naval Academy
|Morgan State University
Worchester Polytechnic Institute
Jackson State University
|University of Mississippi
|University of Kansas
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
|University of Nebraska-Omaha
|New York City
United States Military Academy
University of Cincinnati
Oregon State University
Pennsylvania State University
United States Coast Guard Academy
University of Texas Arlington
|Houston/Galveston | San Antonio
Prairie View University
University of Texas, Austin
|Northern Virginia, Ft. Belvoir, VA
George Mason University
Old Dominion University
Virginia Technical Institute
Virginia Military Institute
University of Washington
University of Washington Tacoma
2024 SAME Undergraduate Innovation Design Challenge:
A Design Project Competition
SAME student members represent the next generation of innovative STEM thinkers ready to take on society’s challenges. The Society is excited to announce an undergraduate innovation challenge to help identify and recognize the next great ideas.
The Innovation Design Challenge encourages students to submit projects that illustrate an innovative solution to an engineering problem. It is expected that projects submitted for consideration will be of the caliber used for a Senior Design or Capstone project.
Submissions in this competition will be evaluated on how well they convey the purpose of the project and its technical merit. Teams of 3-5 members will concisely communicate their design process and demonstrate that they have used sound analysis throughout and do so in a way that is easily understandable to technical and non-technical audiences. This document will outline the expectations for each team and submission as well as the grading rubric that will be used to evaluate the work.
First place teams will receive $599 per member
Second place teams will receive $499 per member
Third place teams will receive $399 per member
All team members must be undergraduate-level students AND student members of SAME. Student membership in SAME is free to all students through the undergraduate level. For more information about joining SAME as a student member, go to: Student Membership – SAME.
Team can have between three and five members. Expected submission topics will be based on capstone or design projects. All submissions must include the names of each of the team members, emails, year, and SAME membership number.
Phase 1 – Abstract Submission: 300-500 words
The abstract should summarize the key concepts, purpose, initial conclusions, and an overview of the science or engineering principles and results from your work. View the online submission. Abstracts will be evaluated and teams advancing to Phase 2 will receive notification.Begin Abstract Submission
(NOTE: You will need to log in or create account to proceed.)
Phase 2 – Video Presentation Submission
The presentation will consist of a 5–10-minute MP4 video with audio. It should discuss the progression of the design project from concept and design, to planning, to analysis, and finally to the project build itself (or calculated results if the capstone project does not involve any physical construction). Additional details on areas to expand on are included in the Submission Rubric section. Detailed instructions will be provided to teams advancing to Phase 2.
12 February: Phase 1 Abstracts due
26 February: Teams advancing to Phase 2 notified
15 March: Phase 2 Video Presentations submitted
10 April: Judging complete; Results announced
1st Place: $599 per team member
2nd Place: $499 per team member
3rd Place: $399 per team member
The review committee will be composed of SAME industry and government professionals, and members of the College Outreach Community of Interest.
If you have any questions about the competition or how to submit, contact Jeannine Finton, SAME Program Manager, at email@example.com.
|The team described their design project well and concisely
|The team described their engineering analyses in an appropriate level of detail
|The team followed a systematic process for evaluating and selecting their final concept
|The team described their build process and project development well
|The team accurately described/presented their final project well
|The team provided an appropriate level of engineering analysis and technical detail
|The project provides an innovative solution to an engineering problem
|The project describes/resulted in a highly marketable product
|The structure and grammar of the submission was professional
|The team exhibits professionalism in appearance and communication