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Baltimore Post Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)

 Serving the Heart of the Mid-Atlantic



The Baltimore Post website is moving to the SAME National website hosting service. The new site is located at the URL below. Please start to use the new site at this point: this site is intended to be shut down by end of August. While the new site is still a work in progress, all new posts and event information will now appear on the new site. Thank you for your support and patience while we make this transition.


New Site: http://www.same.org/Baltimore


-2017 Information-

All Upcoming and Past Programs are located on the Meeting Details page.


The MEGA Maryland Small/Minority Business Conference is coming up in October. In the next couple of weeks more info will become available and registration should be opening on August 1. Until then, please see the flier below for initial details.




Great news! There is a new parking app available called LAZgo! where you can pay ahead and reserve a spot on the Walter's surface lot at 600 Cathedral Street (right around the corner from the Engineer's Club). You can also pre-pay and reserve a spot at 601 North Calvert Street that participates with LAZ Parking. See link below to download the app, reserve parking or for more information. Construction will be finished soon as well (fingers crossed).





The 2017 Baltimore Post Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held on June 8th this year, at the Rocky Point Golf Course. Registration is now live and full details can be found in the flyer. Hope to see you on June 8th!





The deadline for submitting the Baltimore SAME Post Scholarship Application for the 2017-2018 session is May 12. Applications are welcome from relatives of our Post Sustaining members, students and veterans from our local universities and community colleges as specified in the announcement on the Post website. For further clarification or questions please contact Ola Awosika at 443-846-9001 or by email at Ola.awosika@yahoo.com. Detailed information on the scholarship and the application package is posted on our website at samebalt.org


Scholarship Info




Congratulations to Jeff Johnson, Argo Systems, and Chair of our Baltimore Post Student Chapters, upon receipt of the Navy Civilian Award!  Note the attached article published in National SAME Newswire:


Recognizing Graduating Midshipmen
In February, the Baltimore Post hosted the annual U.S. Naval Academy Appreciation Dinner. Each year, midshipmen graduating with engineering degrees are honored by the Post (which sponsors the Academy’s Student Chapter). This year’s guest speakers were former Army Chief of Engineers, Lt. Gen. Robert VanAntwerp, F.SAME, USA (Ret.), and the Acting Secretary of the Navy, The Honorable Sean Stackley.

A special moment of the evening was SAME member Jeff Johnson of ARGO Systems and the Baltimore Post being honored by the secretary with a Navy Civilian Award for his service over the last eight years coordinating the event!


Congratulations, Jeff, on a well-deserved honor!





It may not have felt much like winter this year but the Winter Newsletter is still here for you to download!





Presentations from the February Meeting are now online and can be downloaded from the link below.





Please note that we are changing our spring meeting schedule to host our annual Small Business Forum in the Fall of 2017. This change will allow us to plan an event with multiple tracks, speakers, exhibits and networking built around our theme of: Educate, Network and Inform. We anticipate this to be our biggest and best Small Business Forum yet, so stay tuned for details.



The Baltimore Post Recognition Committee is seeking nominations! Please forward your nominations for any of the following to abasehoar@komaninc.com. The Baltimore Post awards & recognition night is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Save the Date!


- Mentoring Award - In recognition of excellence in education and mentoring and motivating students in A-E-C disciplines

- Notable Achievement Award - In recognition of outstanding leadership and accomplishments in support of the Society’s mission
- 2016 Small Business Sustaining Member Firm of the Year
- 2016 Sustaining Member Firm of the Year

- 2016 Large Business Sustaining Member Firm of the Year



For anyone who was unable to join the Ethics Webinar on Feb. 7, the recording of the session is now available. If you would like to get credit, email either Cheryl Hurns (cheryl.hurns@arcadis.com) or Heather Polinsky (heather.polinsky@arcadis.com). They can register you for the webinar (with the original fees) and then send you the recording. Once you have completed the training, send the answers for the case studies to Cheryl or Heather and they will give you the pdh/ceu certificate.



In the Baltimore Post’s effort to support our veterans and our community, we are working with The Baltimore Station, a therapeutic residential treatment program for veterans and others transitioning through poverty, addiction, and homelessness to self-sufficiency. As part of the treatment program, the Post regularly prepares and serves a meal for the men, eats and interacts with them. Please mark your calendar to join us in preparing a meal at 5:00 PM on the following dates in 2017:


Feburary 28th - Baker Street Location

April 25th - Baker Street Location

June 27th - Baker Street Location

August 22nd - South Baltimore, West Street Location

October 24th - South Baltimore, West Street Location

December 26th - Baker Street Location


For questions or to sign up, please contact Stacy Kahatapitiya at skahatapitiya@arcenvironmental.com or Andy Parker at aparker@aegroup-llc.com. Thank you for your support!



The Philanthropic Committee Survey is completed. Thank you to all who participated. We received great feedback regarding our support for community outreach and military families (attached). Results will be incorporated into our plans for 2017! If you are interested in supporting the Philanthropic Committee and the Baltimore Post's efforts in veteran and community outreach, please contact Stacy Kahatapitya (skahatapitya@arcenvironmental.com) or Andy Parker (aparker@aegroup-llc.com).


Survey Results


The Post meeting for December was a big success. We thank all who joined us for our breakfast program focusing on opportunities within federal agencies for the coming year. Presentations made by USACE Baltimore are available on their website





Congratulations to our new officers and directors for 2017:


President: Rob Scrafford
1st Vice President: Deb Wittle
2nd Vice President: Heather Polinsky
Secretary: Mindy Hinsley
Treasurer: Emily D. Schiffmacher
Assistant Secretary: Richard (Rad) A. Delaney
Assistant Treasurer: Layne Young
Directors: Philip Der, Carrie Ann Williams, John Osborn
Young Member Director: Nicole Walworth


Scholarship and Education Outreach


The purpose of the SAME Baltimore Post Scholarship and Educational Outreach Fund is to encourage and support talented students to pursue careers in engineering, architecture, or the physical sciences. We accomplish this through scholarships awarded to qualified students who are pursuing a baccalaureate degree in these fields. Our scholarship recipients are selected on a merit-based approach.  With generous donations from our Sustaining Member Firms and Individual Members we were able to award ten scholarships to Baltimore area students in 2015.  We were also able to fund activities for middle school students at Easy as Pi and conduct student mentoring at local colleges.  We cannot do this without your help.  Please consider donating to our program, as described in the attached letter to members.  Our future engineers need your help!  Thank you for your support.


Letter to Members


We have set up an e-mail address strictly for our Post Treasurer/Assistant Treasurer:  BaltimoreSAMETreasurer@gmail.com.  Any questions for the treasurer will be promptly addressed.  Thank you.




Our Programs Committee is busy year-round, developing information-packed programs for our members. If you are interested in helping, please send a note to Heather Polinsky: heather.polinsky@arcadis-us.com or to Trey Jordan: jordanjr@gmail.com.


The SAME Baltimore Post is interested in hearing from you, our members. Please take a few moments to answer the following anonymous survey. Your input will influence Post communication activities, monthly meeting topics, and general Post operations.

Thank you for your support of the Baltimore Post. We look forward to your response!




The Chesapeake Post meetings are held at the Wetlands Golf Club. You can register for the meeting and get directions on our web site at http://www.same.org/chesapeake.  Meetings/luncheons are typically held on the third Thursday from 1130 hours to 1330 hours.


Note that Professional Development Hours (PDH) certificates are now available at workshops each month.

Upcoming Events


Go to the new Baltimore Post website for all upcoming events


New Site


Photos & Presentations from previous Meetings

- Nov. 2016 Meeting Presentations

- Feb. 2016 Meeting Presentations

- Jan. 2016 Meeting Presentation

- Dec. 2015 Meeting Presentations

- Nov. 2015 Meeting Presentations

- Oct. 2015 Meeting

- Sept. 2015 Meeting Photos




- Copies of the presentations will be available following the meetings.


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]


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