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, and networking opportunities.
Joining SAME as a Student Member is a great way to learn more about the A/E/C industry, 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.
SAME Student Chapters
University of South Alabama
University of Alaska Anchorage
|Tim Gould & Kim Riggs|
|California||Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Trade Technical College
|Orange County, Cypress-Irvine
|Colorado||Denver Metro Post
University of Colorado-Boulder
Gulf Coast State College-Florida State University
Georgia Southern University
University of Maryland College Park
|Dr. Lewis Link|
United States Naval Academy
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
University of MS
|Jackson State University||Derek Starling, P.E.|
|Missouri||Greater Kansas City
University of Missouri-Kansas City
|University of Kansas||Chad Neidig|
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
|University of Nebraska-Omaha||David Packard|
|New Jersey||Newark Area
New York City
United States Military Academy
University of Cincinnati
Oregon State University
|Rhode Island||Narragansett Bay
United States Coast Guard Academy
University of Texas Arlington
Texas A&M College Station
Texas A&M College Station
University of Texas San Antonio
The University of Texas Austin
|Virginia||Hampton Roads, Norfolk, VA
Old Dominion University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Kevin M. Wills
|Northern Virginia, Ft. Belvoir, VA
George Mason University
|Virginia Peninsula, Langley AFB, VA
Virginia Military Institute
|Jamie H. Weist|
University of Washington
|LT Bohdon Wowtschuk, PE, USCG|
University of Guam
2023 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 $600 per member
Second place teams will receive $500 per member
Third place teams will receive $400 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.
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.
23 February: Phase 1 Abstracts due
6 March: Teams advancing to Phase 2 notified
23 March: Phase 2 Video Presentations submitted
10 April: Results announced
1st Place: $600 per team member
2nd Place: $500 per team member
3rd Place: $400 per team member
The review committee will be composed of SAME industry and government members, 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 Senior Manager, at email@example.com.
|The team described their design project well and concisely||10|
|The team described their engineering analyses in an appropriate level of detail||10|
|The team followed a systematic process for evaluating and selecting their final concept||10|
|The team described their build process and project development well||10|
|The team accurately described/presented their final project well||10|
|The team provided an appropriate level of engineering analysis and technical detail||10|
|The project provides an innovative solution to an engineering problem||10|
|The project describes/resulted in a highly marketable product||10|
|The structure and grammar of the submission was professional||10|
|The team exhibits professionalism in appearance and communication||10|