The mission of the SAME Young Professionals Community of Interest (YP COI) is to be an advocate for and engage young professionals support for SAME’s Strategic Plan through outreach, training, networking and recognition. The charter detailing how the COI is organize can be found here. More resources are available below.

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Providing Opportunities for Young Professionals
An Interview with Young Professional COI Chair Corey Weaver

Read the article on the SAME News website.

Get Involved

Mentoring & Recognition

Highlight your achievements or those of another YP in TME!  Please use the following Spotlight Nomination form, or contact Summer Gladden, Communications Vice-chair, with any questions.


Have a Post Event or YP Achievement to share in our next newsletter? Contact Summer Gladden, Communications Vice-chair.

Engineering & Construction Camps

Each spring, the Engineering & Construction Camps recruit volunteers to serve as mentors and camp counselors! Visit the Camps page (click here) to learn more. Contact Tim Dahms, Acting Camps YP Liaison, with any questions.

Credential Assistance Program

Credentialing Assistance Program

The SAME Young Professionals Community of Interest is continuing the Credentialing Assistance Program (CAP) to promote the professional development of SAME Young Professionals and Enlisted Members in support of the SAME Strategic Plan. The CAP serves to fulfill an objective which is to provide financial support for professional development, education, and mentoring initiatives to benefit our SAME members.

SAME will reimburse a portion of exam sitting or registration fees for Young Professionals. The full program details and application are located in the links below. For other questions regarding the program and to submit your application, please contact Tim Dahms, YP Vice-chair for Credentialing.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

View the full program details. [PDF] | Download the application form. [PDF]


National Conferences

2022 Joint Engineer Training Conference and Expo (JETC) Stipends


A limited number of stipends to attend the 2022 Joint Engineer Training Conference and Expo (JETC) will be awarded to active SAME young professionals and enlisted members who have demonstrated support of SAME at the Post or National level and who might not otherwise be able to attend. The stipends will provide complimentary registration, travel (up to $500 CONUS and up to $1500 OCONUS) and a hotel stay of up to four nights. Recipients will be accepted based on: SAME participation; professional development; and accomplishments and deployments.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Industry or Government/Military

  2. Young Professional who is 39 or under at the time of 2020 JETC

  3. Stipend recipients are expected to have 18 months of membership in SAME at time of application

  4. Active member of an SAME Post, Field Chapter or National Community of Interest for the past year (as reflected in the nomination form)

  5. Must not have received a National level stipend in the past to attend a National event

  6. A letter of endorsement from the Post or Field Chapter President or COI Chair supporting the award of a stipend

  7. Completion of the online application form, which includes a short summary of SAME Participation; Professional Development; and Accomplishments and Deployments

Community of Interest Chair

Corey Weaver, P.E.



Organization Structure

Immediate Past Chair: Victoria Mechtly, RS&H

Secretary: VACANT

Programs/Education Vice-chair: Elena Soto, EIT, Jacobs

Credentialing Vice-chair: Tim Dahms, P.E., NAVFAC

Communications Vice-chair: Summer Gladden, LEED AP, BD+C, CF APMP, Leebcor

Conferences Vice-chair: Suzanne Grix, Forgen

SAME POC: Jeannine Finton, SAME HQ

Organization Chart

Stay Engaged

Young Professionals COI Monthly Call – All YPs are Welcome!


Date: Second Thursday of Every Month

Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EST 


You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (669) 224-3412

Access Code: 563-270-069 


Upcoming Webinars

Sustaining Space Industry Growth with an Effective Workforce Development Program

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Webinar description:

The space industry, both commercial and government, is rapidly growing and will become a trillion-dollar industry by 2040. Traditional academic models, while necessary, can’t bridge the gap fast enough between the specific and diverse degrees offered by colleges and universities and the professional skills and standardized knowledge required to sustain the rapid growth of the space ecosystem. This competitive ecosystem will require a diverse workforce from the many professional disciplines stemming from both technical schools and traditional 4-year universities. Individuals and organizations must embrace skills-based professional development programs to remain competitive in the space economy, especially as space-experienced human talent becomes more and more scarce. However, not all space training and education programs have the ability to both effectively and efficiently train, in large numbers, the space workforce of the future. An individual that wishes to make themselves more competitive in the space industry or wishes to break into the industry from another industry has choices. The same applies to organizations that understand the return on investment of sound professional development programs. The question is, which workforce development model is the most effective and efficient?

For additional information and documents, please visit the Young Professionals COI page on the SAME website.

Miguel Alvarez, Chief Revenue Officer and Course Designer, NOVA Space, Inc.

Victoria Mechtly, Project Manager, RS&H

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Immediate Past Webinar

Pitfalls and Opportunities for Electric Vehicles at Government Installations

January 18, 2022, 12 noon

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Electric Vehicles may account for more than 25% of personally-owned vehicles (POVs) and an even larger percentage of fleet vehicles by 2030. Despite their benefits and increased adoption, the majority of new federal facilities and even those currently in design have no provision for electric vehicle charging. This virtually assures costly future upgrades to electrical infrastructure and associated paving and site work. Potentially worse, it delays the adoption of cleaner electric vehicles for employee use and can lock-in the use of more expensive fossil-fuel-based fleet vehicles for years to come.

This panel discussion will provide a variety of viewpoints including those of the A/E industry, Federal Policy Consultants, and Installing Contractors on the charging of electric vehicles at federal facilities. It will provide guidance on how to design facilities to easily accommodate future electric vehicle service equipment and avoid common pitfalls during installation and design that can have long-term consequences. It will also explain the current regulations surrounding charging of personally-owned vehicles and provide guidance to facility mangers to navigate this challenge. Finally, it will explore the potential impacts on installation power quality when large, fast-charging equipment is installed, and describe how best to address these challenges and mitigate costs.


  • Rob McAtee, Director of Energy and Sustainability Services, Mason & Hanger (a Day and Zimmermann Company)
  • Jason O'Neil, Energy Solutions Manager, SES Green Solutions
  • Matt Bianco, President, FedWay Consulting, LLC

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