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.

SAME fellows investitureNominees must be shown to meet criteria related to the following:

  1. Tenure (10 years active membership)
  2. Society Leadership Positions (These positions can be at the Post or Regional level, not necessarily National.)
  3. Outstanding Service to SAME
  4. Career Leadership Positions
  5. Outstanding Service to the Profession (In addition to engineers, architects, lawyers, planners, HR and other professionals have been accepted into the Academy.)
  6. Awards and Honors (Again, not only engineering awards are recognized.)

Although all criteria are important, each candidate’s credentials are reviewed in their totality, so that special strengths in one or two areas can enhance the overall attractiveness of the nomination. In the past, the Baltimore Post has successfully submitted numerous nominations. As a result, our Post is well represented in the Academy.

The nomination process is tied to the calendar year, and nomination packages are due 1 September. However, it is never too early to start assembling the required information and documentation. Although the nomination is submitted through the Post, each successful nominee has almost always played a central role in organizing and compiling his or her own nomination package, since individual nominees are most knowledgeable of their own careers and accomplishments and have the best access to their own career-related records.

Additional information on the Academy of Fellows and the nomination process is available on the SAME website.

Or just go to the SAME home page and select “About SAME” and then “Academy of Fellows”.

Interested? Have questions?

Please feel free to contact Gary Anderson, PhD, AIA, AICP, FSAME, the Baltimore Post SAME Fellows Chair: anderson.plan@gmail.com

Or one of these knowledgeable volunteer advisor Fellows:

Mary Anderson, FSAME – manderson@schnabel-eng.com

Judy Hackett, FSAME – judith.hackett@westonsolutions.com

Greg Johnson, FSAME – gregory.e.johnson@usace.army.mil

Bob Lindner, FSAME – robert.lindner@westonsolutions.com

Jay Manik, CAPT, USCG (ret), FSAME – manikjg@cdmsmith.com

Regan McDonald, LTC (ret), FSAME – regan.mcdonald@atkinsglobal.com

February 2016 Newsletter

Dr Lever SpeakingOur February joint meeting with the Green Building Council focused on school construction. The keynote speaker was Dr. David Lever. There are over 880,000 students in 24 school systems in Maryland. They are spread out in 1,400 buildings with an average age of 28 years. Of those buildings, 52% pre-date 1990 and 36% were built in the 1960’s and ’70’s, so they are energy inefficient. Dr. Lever indicated that they are making strides in energy efficiency for schools; 20 have achieved LEED certification and two will be built net zero. The premium for LEED over standard construction is approximately 3-5%. There is much work to be done; one estimate puts the cost to fully modernize the entire fleet of schools at $20 billion. Baltimore City alone has a multi-billion dollar plan to build over 20 schools.


Post Participates in Charm Challenge 3!

On 18 November at the Baltimore Port Coast Guard Yard, LTC Mike Ruppert lead a combined team from SAME, USACE, and DOD participating in the Charm Challenge 3 hosted by the Federal Executive Board and Commander, USCG Yard Baltimore. This multi-faceted exercise include presentations by the Baltimore Police, FBI Baltimore Field Office, FEMA Region 3, and a scenario based table top exercise. The exercise helped participating organization understand local, federal, and regional resources available to individual agencies in planning, preparation, and execution of a threat based Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) response. An after action review and shared lessons learned were facilitated by FEMA personnel.

The day proved to be a great learning opportunity for all. The team and hosted discussions facilitated a review of organizational COOP plans and areas for improvement. SAME attendees included LTC Ruppert, Stacy Kahatapitiya, and Randy Westfall. Additionally, 5 USACE and 1 DOD personnel participated.Coast Guard Yard


YMs Run the Bay

Members ran across the Bay Bridge, Again!

LTC Ruppert, Denise Tegtmeyer and the running crewOn Nov. 8, a team of 20 runners representing the SAME Baltimore Post participated in the second annual 10K Across the Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Run was a 6.2-mi run starting near the base of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on the western shore of the bay. The race took runners over the 4.35-mi bridge that towers nearly 200-ft above Chesapeake Bay. The Baltimore Post team was comprised of individuals from 12 member organizations and included first time race participants as well as seasoned runners.

Congratulations to all who participated in the race! Stay tuned for more SAME team races next fall.


January Inaugural Webinar

In January, we abandoned our usual dinner meeting in favor of a webinar focusing on energy issues. It was a great success with nearly 90 members participating! While the logistics were challenging, we will likely have another webinar in the future.

WebinarPresentations included military energy security (Army, Navy, and specific to Ft. Detrick), the state of the shale gas market, and Maryland’s largest construction project, the Dominion Energy Cove Point LNG terminal. The presentation slides can be downloaded from our website.

January 2015 Newsletter

DoD Environmental Initiatives About 120 attended the meeting and workshop held on January 21. Ms. Kristine Kingery, Director, Army Sustainability Policy, was our keynote speaker. She spoke about several emerging sustainability issues of interest to the Army:Ms. Kingery addressing the Post

  • The net zero pilot program which both Fort Detrick and Aberdeen Proving Ground participate in;
  • Enhanced energy and water security;
  • Aggressive green procurement policies;
  • Net zero policy for contingency (e.g., forward operating) bases which will save lives; and
  • Going beyond net zero to include hazardous waste, training lands, alternative fuels, and climate change emissions.

Ms. Kingery spoke of a real-life example of applying sustainability principles involving a training exercise. The Army was practicing a large food drop with actual meals ready to eat (MREs). No one wanted to eat the food once it had been used in that manner and it would go to waste. The Army training leaders weighed the food and used an equivalent weight of other material for the exercise, saving the food.

Midshipmen enjoying dinnerWe also had students attend this meeting. Ten members of our student post at the Naval Academy attended the dinner along with three of our scholarship recipients.

Send Your High Schooler to SAME Summer Camp

Applications being accepted!

The Post offers two summer camp scholarships (reduced camp registration and travel costs) to high school rising juniors or seniors. Summer camp information and applications are available at the National website. The Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps are offering one-week camps with high energy, hands-on events for students from across the country and around the world. The camps are led by a professional staff of engineers from both private industry and the uniformed military services.

Stipend Available for Fellows!

Attend the Investiture Luncheon

The SAME Fellows Luncheon is held annually, just prior to the Fellows Investiture, to welcome new Fellows into the Academy and to encourage networking among new and present Fellows. The luncheon is for Fellows only, which includes the Class of 2015.To encourage attendance by Baltimore Post Fellows, a stipend is available to help defer costs to attend the Luncheon and/or Golden Eagle Awards Dinner. Please contact Denise Tegtmeyer, FSAME, by Feb. 25 for details and to apply.

Also, please plan to join us in supporting our newest Baltimore Post Fellow, Matt Wallace, as he is invested into the Academy. The SAME Fellows Investiture will take place immediately preceding the Golden Eagle Awards Dinner starting at 5PM. The Investiture is free and open to all SAME Members and Class of 2015 family and friends, and reservations are not required.

Scholarships Awarded!

Post awards 10 scholarships

Engineering scholarshipsThe Post’s, Education and Mentoring Committee awarded a total of 10 scholarships in 2014. Awardees included students from institutions within the footprint of the Post membership, including the University of Maryland, UMBC, Morgan State University, Johns Hopkins University, and University of Delaware. Consistent with our mission, the students majors included computer science, aerospace engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering and bioengineering. We have received “thank you” messages and emails from the awardees including letters of appreciation from the institutions.

Assisting Homeless Veterans

Activities in support of The Baltimore Station

Meal for veteransThe Philanthropic Committee periodically sponsors dinners at The Baltimore Station. Volunteers arrive around 5PM, don hair nets, and prepare a meal for the veterans. Our latest event was on 20 January and was sponsored by JMT. But its not all about preparing dinner. One of the goals of our events is to interact with the veterans, which is a vital part of their therapy and process to re-enter society productively. They typically have stories to tell of their time serving our country. Won’t you consider sponsoring or attending our next event? We also have an opportunity to help design and build a restorative meditation garden on a lot adjacent to The Baltimore Station’s Baltimore headquarters.

Joint Engineer Training Symposium

The SAME Baltimore Post Welcomes you to Baltimore!

Great news! We have received confirmation from USACE that all 6 NAD District Commanders and the USACE-NAD Commander, BG Savre, will be attending and briefing at the JETS in Baltimore. Sign up today!
Please join us for SAME’s North Atlantic/New England Joint Engineer Training Symposium (JETS) on 05 – 07 November 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. Our program for the symposium will reflect our theme, “Opportunities in a Changing World”. We are in the final stages of planning to deliver relevant and current information through three general tracks:

  • The Built Environment
  • The Natural Environment
  • The Secure Environment

These technical tracks will also fulfill continuing education credits requirements for licensed professional engineers.*

Consistent with our mission, the Baltimore Post will use the proceeds of the Symposium to support veterans and their families as well as fund college scholarships and educational outreach programs. Our goals are to honor those who have served and sacrificed in defense of our nation’s security, to guide students towards careers in engineering and related professions, and to promote a greater appreciation for military engineering and the Society.

The Philanthropic Committee will be holding a silent art auction to benefit Baltimore/DC area veterans and their families. Come pick up some great art for your home or office and help veterans at the same time!! Shipping options will be available for people who have traveled to the conference and cannot take the art back with them. We are still accepting donations of artwork; if interested in donating, please contact Jon Angle, Angle@usna.edu. So register today to join us at the 2013 North Atlantic/New England JETS!

We have also learned of a special government event taking place before our conference begins.

Conference rates for all attendees staying at the host hotel have been negotiated at the per diem rates of $144/night and can be used 3 days before and 3 days after our conference. This rate includes free internet access! Our symposium will be located just a short walk from Baltimore’s historic Inner Harbor. The USS Constellation, Fort McHenry, and the Civil War Museum are all close by, as are dozens of excellent restaurants and cultural attractions that are part of a great waterfront atmosphere!

We would like to extend our appreciation to our committee of volunteers making this possible. Their names are listed on our contacts page. If you have questions about the symposium, please let one of them know.

*Maryland PE credits are approved. Please check with other state licensing requirements for reciprocal approvals.