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POST PRESIDENT

Ben Nichols

Mindy Hinsley, CPSM, FSMPS, F.SAME
CEO, Hinsley Collective

POST ANNOUNCEMENTS


Attend or Sponsor the USNA Engineer's Dinner!

The Baltimore Post is seeking sponsors and attendees for the 2023 Engineers Appreciation Dinner at the United States Naval Academy on March 27th, 2023 at 6PM. Your sponsorship allows SAME to celebrate the midshipmen graduating from USNA engineering programs in 2023.

Sponsors receive tickets to join the midshipmen for dinner and keynote presentation. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Dinner Keynote Speaker:

Ben Nichols, President of Harkins Builders, Inc.

Ben is a 2008 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a BS in Ocean Engineering. Prior to entering the civilian world, Ben served on active duty in the military as a Marine Corps Combat Engineer Officer. His tours of duty included serving as a Platoon Commander in Marjah, Afghanistan in 2010 and serving as a Marine Corps liaison to the Naval Construction Forces to include overseas deployments to Japan, the Philippines, Spain and a domestic deployment to New York City in support of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Ben is a consummate professional who is mission-focused and committed to serving the needs of Harkins’ clientele. He continues to give back to our veteran community by serving on the boards of directors of the USO and the Society of American Military Engineers.

Dress Code:

Civilian - Business

Military - Service Dress Blues

Tickets for Midshipmen and their guests are complimentary (Midshipmen must register via USNA)

Sponsorships  

If you would like to pay your sponsorship by check, please contact.

Mychael Gaines mychael.gaines@planate.com or Peter Rouse peter.rouse@collierseng.com


To attend or sponsor, click HERE! the deadline is 20 March!


Networking Event on Climate Resiliency at Morgan State

As announced on 6 September 2022 by the Department of Energy $66 Million is being invested to research the impact of climate change on America’s Urban Communities.  Field labs in Baltimore, Chicago, and Texas are now studying the impact of extreme weather on people, homes , and local infrastructure, including our very own Morgan State University.  The Post has assembled government, industry, and academia to discuss the progress being made within Urban Climate Research, Climate Adaptation Tools, and Climate Adaptation Projects around Baltimore and the Chesapeake Bay. 

Join the Post and our student Chapter of Morgan State University for this combined industry, government, and academia event!

When: 12 April from 1PM to 3PM

Where: Morgan State University Campus, Shaeffer Engineering Building, 5201 Perring Parkway, Baltimore, MD

To register, click HERE!


Join us for our spring sporting clays shoot and networking event!

In cooperation with the professional staff at Warrington Sporting Clays, we have designed an event not to be missed! Fun, food, and friends together once again!  This event will benefit our Scholarship Fund.  Come enjoy a day with Baltimore Post members and affiliated AEC guests.

Where: Warrington Sporting Clays Club, 500 Yeager Road Wellsville, PA 17365

When: 27 April, 9AM to 4:30PM

For more information, to attend or sponsor, click HERE!

Easy As Pi Mentoring Event coming up!

The Post is hosting the Easy as Pi STEM event for Maryland 7th and 8th graders.  The event takes place on Thursday, April 27 from 9 am to 3 pm at the Engineer's Club.  

During this event we plan host 60 to 80 middle school students from Baltimore and surrounding counties. Typically the day includes 4 one-hour sessions where students are divided into smaller groups based on their interests.  During each session students learn about different STEM fields and/or career paths and are given the opportunity to interact, play games, and ask questions.

 

Please join us if you are interested in volunteering to support this event. Volunteers will assist with coordinating STEM activities and guiding students around the mansion during their visit.  Please reach out to Ivy Harvey (iharvey@eaest.com) or Rosemarie Potocky (Rosemarie.Potocky@arcadis.com) for additional information or to volunteer.


PREVIOUS EVENTS


Post Hosts Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Webinar


The Post hosted an inspirational webinar on 8 February that highlighted the power of networking and how it can be applied to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within a community.  Sarah Hemminger, CEO and Founder of Thread, introduced attendees to Thread, a non-profit in Baltimore City with the mission to harness the power of relationships to engage with young people facing the most significant opportunity and achievement gaps. Through establishing meaningful connections and networks, Thread seeks to build a more equitable culture where everyone thrives.  Attendees gained a new perspective on the evolution of the many challenges that face Baltimore young people as well as a natural solution, capable of breaking the cycle of crime, poor educational and economic outcomes. 


Thanks to Ivy Harvey of EA Engineering, Science, and Technology for organizing this engaging event!


Future Cities Competition was fierce

 

The Post sponsored the Mid-Atlantic Future Cities STEM competition for middle school students on 14 January at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.  A total of 12 teams from the region imagined a City of the Future and wrote essays, prepared presentations and models and gave interviews on their creations.  These were divided into three groups of four teams for presentation review and judging.  The Best Project Plan Award from our Post was given to (city model name: Fairview) Templeton Academy, in Washington, D.C.  Thanks to Ola Awosika, our Scholarship Chair and Ivy Harvey for attending and judging the students models and presentations.  


To view photos from the event, visit our flikr page HERE!


Post Participates in Wreaths Across America


We were honored today to lay wreaths on the graves of our fallen heroes.  Post members participated in ceremonies and placing wreaths at Garrison Forest and Crownsville Veteran’s Cemeteries. The Post sponsored 40 wreaths. Thanks to the Philanthropic committee and Andrew ParkerStacy Kahatapitiya, and Dierdre Crowl for organizing this event!


Federal Briefings Draw 400

 

It was great to see everyone at our Annual Federal Briefings event!

Over 400 people networked and heard from numerous federal agencies on their FY23 plans starting with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District and ending with U.S. Department of the Interior. We had the Morgan State University Color Guard begin the meeting.  We acknowledged our student posts at Morgan State and United States Naval Academy, who has the engineer's appreciation dinner coming up in March. We acknowledged our scholarship recipients for 2022, some of which were in attendance (if they were not taking finals).  Did you know the Post awards $30,000 in scholarships annually? Our raffle netted over $2,000 in donations for Warrior Canine Connection! Announced our Gala for the Society of American Military Engineers Centennial coming up in April 2023 (better late than never)!

Thanks to our sponsors for this event: Gannett Fleming, AECOM, Arcadis, Balfour Beatty US, CCI, EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC, EnviroVantage, Inc, HDR, LRS Federal LLC, Leidos, PRIME AE Group, Inc., M&J Engineering, P.C., Tetra Tech, Weston Solutions, Inc., and The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company.

Visit our flikr page HERE to see the pictures!


PFAS Event held at Morgan State

 

On 21 September a combined SAME event was held at Morgan State University (MSU) with the MSU Student Chapter and the Baltimore Post.  Prior to the main event, the Student Chapter held an in-person USACE career seminar with a presentation from Emily Schiffmacher, USACE – Baltimore District. Approximately 20 students attended and were able to interact with multiple USACE representatives, ask questions regarding career opportunities with the federal government, and learn where to find these opportunities and apply.  

Following the Student Chapter Career Session, the PFAS Beyond the Airfield Program moderated by Mr. Bill Burris attracted over 70 attendees, including MSU students and faculty as well as SAME attendees from government and industry.  Mr. Trevor Needham from the USGS presented PFAS 101, followed by Dr. Michelle Lorah from the USGS who provided a summary of ongoing PFAS research being conducted across the US and highlighted the extent of the wide-spread PFAS issue.  Mr. Bill Burris with AFCEC reviewed current regulatory requirements for Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and dared to audience to consider how future PFAS regulations may impact average real estate transactions. The keynote speaker was Ms. Bobbie James, the Maryland Assistant Secretary of Environment, who provided an update on how PFAS is being addressed in Maryland and projected how PFAS will likely be regulated moving forward. 

After the event students and faculty were able to network with industry and government, sharing resumes and experiences. A special thanks to Dr. James Hunter, the MSU Student Chapter Faculty liaison and Justin Taylor, the MSU Student Chapter President, for coordinating with Morgan State University.

To view pictures from the event, visit our Flikr page HERE!


 

EVENT CALENDAR

27 March: USNA Engineer's Appreciation Dinner

12 April: Climate Resiliency Program at Morgan State University

27 April: Spring Sporting Clay Shoot and Networking Event

27 April: Easy As Pi Middle School Mentoring Event at the ESB

17 May: Networking event at Top Golf Baltimore

June: Annual Baltimore and Chesapeake Posts Golf Outing

To see a full lineup of our events for 2023, see our flyer.


Volunteers Needed for Morgan State Student Chapter

The Post is working with a professor at Morgan State University to set up a Student Chapter.  In support of this Student Chapter, we are looking for professional volunteers to mentor students with their senior capstone projects.  We anticipate volunteers will support the students by meeting with them via phone/zoom/teams on occasion to discuss their project and field questions. We are also hoping volunteers will be able to participate in the poster sessions and/or final presentations to interact and ask questions, if available, later this year.  Contact Ivy Harvey or Bob Helkowski to sign up to help!


Join A Committee!

We have a full calendar this year, and the Baltimore Post is currently looking for passionate individuals to lead and participate in our various committees. If you are interested in leading or joining a committee, please contact our Post Secretary, Elaine Guarriello.


We’re Looking for a Few Good Fellows

The SAME Academy of Fellows is a body of SAME members who have rendered dedicated and outstanding service to SAME, to military engineering, to engineering and related professions in general, and to their community.  Being accepted into the College of Fellows is a great distinction.  Somewhat less than 3% of the total SAME membership has been awarded this honor.  However, for members who have shown outstanding achievement and leadership (which includes leadership by example), being accepted into the Academy of Fellows is not an unachievable goal, and the Society is sincere in its desire to ensure that deserving members are granted this recognition.  The selection process is not a competition. [more]