Community Mission

The College Outreach Community leads collaborative efforts between SAME and academia to identify and resolve national security infrastructure-related challenges and supports Post’s efforts to mentor and develop future STEM professionals at the collegiate-level. The community serves as a bridge between academia, Posts, government (military and civilian), and the private sector. The community provides guidance to the network of student chapters across the Society, promotes internship opportunities from SAME sustaining members, and will establish a new engineering competition for students designed to address the nation’s grand challenges.


The SAME College Outreach Community strives to organize programs and present opportunities to future military and civilian members of the A/E/C profession that will foster networking within their professional community, build leadership skills, and provide job opportunities to recent graduates. Additionally, students with an active membership within SAME have at their disposal a wealth of knowledge and experiences from professionals throughout the A/E/C community of practice.

COI Work Plan

View the 2021 work plan for the College Outreach COI here.


Join the Community of Interest

You can join any of our communities of interest by logging into your member profile and scrolling down to “Communities of Interest” and click to join.”

Community Chair

Marilyn ZenkoMarilyn Zenko


Executive Community Structure

Vice Chairs 
Andrew Bates
, Strategic Planning
Tiffany Castricone Events
Christina Jettie, Communications
Tavis Hanley, Student Chapter Operations
Ron Welch, Academia Engagement
Nathanial Sheehan, VC support Academia Engagement
Patrick Bass, VC Competitions
James H. Schreiner, VC Virtual Student Chapter
Anne MacMillian, Former Chair

Paul Phillips, Credentialing Liaison
Patricia Graham, Young Professional Liaison

Mike Scarano, Senior Student Chapter Mentor
Ron Welch
, Senior Student Chapter Faculty Advisor

At-Large Members
Nawras Taffal
Charlie Li

Staff Liaison
Jeannine Finton, Program Manager

Distinguished Student Chapters

2020 – 2021 Distinguished Student Chapter Award Winners


The award is given to recognize student chapters that advance mentoring and career development for their members.

Undergraduate Innovations Challenge: A Design Project Competition

The submission period for the 2nd Annual SAME Undergraduate Innovations Challenge is now open!

This competition showcases the work done in senior-level capstone projects. The top three teams will each receive a $500 award, and have the opportunity to present their projects to SAME engineers.

Between now and February 4, 2022, teams will submit a 300-500 word abstract. Details can be found at Competitions (

The 2021 top projects are below. Congratulations to all the submitting teams!!

Title of Project School Name Summary
A Study of Sea Level Rise and Designs for Coastal Resiliency in Boston--TOP PROJECT! Worcester Polytechnic Institute Prepare a sea-level rise analysis for Boston that recommends mitigation actions based on a 48" sea level increase, including flood barriers and resident relocation.
Clean Energy Deer Repellent (C.E.D.R.)--TOP PROJECT! Florida State University Panama City Create a device that can detect and deter deer and other animals from crossing into the path of oncoming traffic, to reduce animal/vehicle collisions.
Vent2Go--TOP PROJECT! The Citadel Create a low-budget ventilator powered by a standard wall outlet, that can be used from children to large adults.


Annual Forum on Student Members and Student Chapters

Proceedings from the 2021 Forum

Session 1: Who is the SAME Student Member?, Monday August 16

Join us for a discussion on the different types of student audiences, what draws them to SAME, and how to reach them.

Key Take-aways: Look beyond traditional 4-year universities. Remember the Virtual Student Chapter.
Slides, Recording, Related Link: Student Member Application Page

Session 2: Running a Successful and Sustainable Student Chapter, Tuesday August 17

What are the pieces needed to run a successful and sustainable Student Chapter? How do you keep it going once the current crop of leaders graduate? Listen to a wealth of best practices and get answers from other successful programs.

Key take-aways: Get the local Post involved whenever possible. Recruit sophomores and juniors as officers.
Slides, Recording

Session 3: Transition from Student Member to Professional Member, Wednesday August 18

Best practices for taking student members and transitioning them to professional members.

Key take-away: A solid experience as a student member paves the way for someone to engage at a Young Professional.
Slides, Recording


Proceedings from the 2020 Forum

Session 1: Engaging Student Members, Tuesday, August 18th

SlidesRecordingChat Log, Related link: Student Member Application Page
Key Take-away: Add a student member to a Post board.

Session 2: Successful Student Chapter/Post Relationships, Wednesday, August 19th

SlidesRecordingChat Log, Handout: Student Chapter Guidance Manual
Key Take-aways: Create a tab on the Post website for their student chapter; develop student chapter marketing materials; and advertise SAME benefits to faculty advisors as an incentive.

Session 3: Encouraging Student Competition Involvement, Thursday, August 20th

SlidesRecordingChat Log
Key Take-away: Create an SAME competition based on student senior design projects.

Academic Partners

SAME offers  academic institutions (colleges, universities, and trade schools) the opportunity to promote their programs, credentials, and certificates to SAME members by becoming an institutional member. Opportunities include advertising in The Military Engineer, SAME's flagship magazine, and/or on the SAME website or online newsletters. To learn more about member benefits for your institution, contact Johnny Frasier, Sales Representative, at

The College Outreach Community of Interest is also looking at how to engage academic partners more. Join us in the conversation.

Student Members

Student members represent the next generation of innovative STEM thinkers ready to take on society’s challenges. Recognizing the need to cultivate this valuable asset, SAME offers FREE membership to all full-time students enrolled in high school, 2-year or 4-year colleges and universities (through the undergraduate level), trade schools, and military academies.  As emerging professionals, you benefit from an array of programs meant to support your academic and professional development.

Learn more about student membership.

Join SAME as a student member

Student Chapters, Virtual Student Chapter, Distinguished Student Chapter

Student Chapters

SAME supports a network of over 35 student chapters. Student chapters promote the goals and objectives of SAME, and encourage the advancement of careers in architecture, engineering and construction by connecting college students with professionals in these areas.

To find out more about SAME Student Chapters, visit:

Virtual Student Chapter

For students not attending one of the institutions hosting physical student chapters, or who want to explore more professional development options, SAME has formed the Virtual Student Chapter (VSC). The Virtual Student Chapter is a boundaryless chapter that provides that provides virtual professional development opportunities for all students at the high school and college level to foster engineering leadership for our nation. VSC webinars and events are open to all students.

See below for the upcoming calendar of events. For more information, contact Andra Clapsaddle, VSC Chair.

Distinguished Student Chapter

The SAME Strategic Plan encourages efforts that "enrich the STEM pipeline for the nation." The Distinguished Student Chapter Award recognizes student chapters that are providing programmatic impact towards that strategic goal. That can include encouraging STEM engagement at the K-12 or post-high school level, and/or developing community projects that engage key stakeholders.

To submit your chapter for consideration, download the Distinguished S.C. Submission Form. Deadline to submit for the 2020-21 cycle is April 15, 2021.

Post Mentoring

Mentoring is one of SAME's most important goals, and toward that end Posts are encouraged to develop College Outreach plans to involve local college and university students and encourage their pursuit of careers in the A/E/C field. Remember, the students you mentor today will be the leaders of tomorrow! Find out more here!



Recognition is one of the key components in engaging young leaders in the Society. To that end, the Society created two awards that offer Posts a way to recognize the leadership and involvement of college and university students:


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Notes from October 20, 2021 COI Call

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