Public Announcements

Don't Miss Out on the SAME 2021 Engineering & Construction Camps

Deadline to apply: March 15, 2021

Are you on an engineering track in high school? Do you want to work as part of a real engineering or construction project team this summer? The Engineering and Construction Camps provide students an opportunity to broaden their engineering knowledge and apply problem solving techniques while competing among their teams. The application portal for the 2021 Engineering & Construction Camp season is now open!

SAME has been supporting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) events for over 30 years, and conducting camps for more than 20 years. Our camps, in partnership with the military services, are world-class and feature a very impressive record of producing thousands of engineers and STEM leaders. They provide a rigorous experience for students interested in exploring STEM skills and careers. Campers gain a sense of what it takes to become a STEM professional and what options exist to explore that interest from high school to college and beyond.

SAME camps offer a unique curriculum that features hands-on activities conducted in a competitive environment to promote teamwork, leadership, project management, and problem solving:

  • U.S. Army Engineering & Construction Camp: Vicksburg, Miss., June 13-19, 2021
  • U.S. Marine Corps Engineering & Construction Camp: Camp Lejeune, N.C., June 20-26, 2021
  • U.S. Navy STEM Engineering & Construction Camp: Virtual due to COVID. Details TBD.
  • U.S. Air Force Academy Engineering & Construction Camp: Colorado Springs, Colo., June 25-July 2, 2021
  • U.S. Air Force Engineering & Construction Camp: Scott Air Force Base, Ill., July 26-31, 2021


Each camp offers a mix of hands-on, challenge-based activities that help campers learn fundamentals of engineering and construction. Each camp also offers tours and field trips to area businesses and institutions that highlight their respective technical areas. Individual curriculum activities may vary year to year, but all use a competitive environment to promote growth in leadership, team-building, and problem-solving. The competitive nature helps build camaraderie among the campers and mentors.

*Please note, as of now, other than the Navy Camp, SAME is proceeding with planning these 2021 camps as in-person experiences. However, our ability to host these camps will depend on the state of COVID going into the summer. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience among your student applicants if we end up having to shift again to a virtual event.

We are also looking for volunteers to support camp staff during the camps.  More information can be found at

SAME Atlanta Post - CALL TO ACTION!!

Volunteers needed for Georgia Tech Student Chapter

The Georgia Tech Student Chapter is holding virtual mock interviews THIS WEDNESDAY, March 3rd, from 5:30 pm to 7 pm, and are in need of Post members to volunteer as interviewers. This will be a great opportunity to network and meet potential employees!  Please email Jacob Kreider ([email protected]) if you can volunteer! 


atlanta post member, patrick hogeboom, up for election to same national board as an elected director - please support him!!

Voting in the SAME National Board of Direction election for 2021 opens March 1 and will go through April 15. The ballot includes candidates for President-Elect, Vice President, and Elected Director. Visit on March 1 to cast your ballot!

Voting for SAME national leaders is an integral part of the Society's governance model. Show us you are engaged in SAME's future by voting for your Society leaders!

President-Elect (vote for one): 
Cindy Lincicome, F.SAME, TLI Construction Inc.

Vice President (vote for two): 
Richard "Rad" Delaney, AIA, LEED AP, F.SAME, PRIME AE Group 
Sharon Krock, PWS, F.SAME, Schnabel Engineering 

Elected Director (vote for four):
Lt. Col. Craig Bryant, P.E., USA, USACE Tulsa District
Tiffany Castricone, RA, Michael Baker International
Col. Nick Desport, RA, LEED AP, F.SAME, USAF (Ret.), Merrick & Company
Col. Tony Higdon, P.E., F.SAME, USAF, U.S. Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa
Col. C. Patrick Hogeboom, P.E., USA, DOD Office of Economic Adjustment
Col. Rich Houghton, CFM, F.SAME, USAF (Ret.), City, Light & Power Inc.
Col. Miro Kurka, P.E., PMP, F.SAME, USA (Ret.), Mead & Hunt 
Dave Newkirk, F.SAME, BCE Engineers Inc. 

Beginning March 1, visit to learn about each candidates’ qualifications, read their statements of interest, and cast your ballot. Voting is open until 11:59 p.m., April 15. (Members must log in to vote and may only vote once.)

SAME Atlanta Post - Thank You to Our Veterans!!

2020 Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a good time to remember that our freedom isn’t guaranteed. It is protected by the men and women in our Armed Services. To all the veterans out there… we SALUTE you! Thank you for your service and sacrifice!

Please take the time today to thank one of our many 97 SAME Atlanta Post Members who are veterans.  See attached PDF list.


We also honor our SAME Atlanta Post Sustaining Member Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSB) and Service Disabled VOSB

Billy W. Jarrett Construction Company, Inc.


John Gallup & Associates, LLC

LegisConsultancy, Inc.

Lowe Engineers

Osprey Management LLC

Raymond Engineering-Georgia, Inc.

Robert and Company

Southern Site Development, LLC

TK&K Services LLC

Toland & Mizell Architects, Inc.

Congratulations, Richard Morales!!


Please join the SAME Atlanta Post in congratulating our very own Richard Morales, Exploring Engineering Academy Committee Chair, for being recognized by Boy Scouts of America (BSA) by receiving the Whitney M Young, Jr. Service Award for his efforts in the STEM camp that SAME has been running over the last 20 years in conjunction with BSA.  This national award is designed to recognize those individuals and corporations who have been instrumental in the development of Scouting for rural, urban, and suburban youth who often face challenging barriers. This award recognizes "unsung heroes," those who do exceptional service for disadvantaged youth.

Thank you, Richard, for your commitment to the Exploring Engineer STEM Academy and SAME Atlanta Post!!

URGENT Call for Volunteers to Support SAME Student Chapter

The Georgia Tech student chapter is in URGENT need of volunteers for their annual Mock Interview event where they offer an opportunity for their members to brush up on their job interview skills by participating in a mock interview. Please consider lending your interviewing skills and expertise by volunteering to be an interviewer for the event. The event will be held this Thursday, October 29, from 5-6:30 pm

If you are interested, please call/text Jacob Kreider at 571-329-9505 or email at [email protected]

SAME Regional Conference Survey

The 2020 Southeast Regional JETS Committee is seeking information from the regional SAME membership about their attendance at the 2020 meeting (currently scheduled for Mobile, AL in October) and the option of a virtual meeting. We understand that many organizations have some travel restrictions in place and we are trying to finalize what the 2020 event will look like while keeping in mind the needs of our members. Please take a few minutes to answer these 5 questions to assist us in planning this event. 

A Message from the Post President

Our March program focused on Resiliency. (Little did we know what a profound and unfortunate coincidence that would be.) Not all events which test our ability to be resilient have a defined start and end, nor a clear measure of impact in the short term. As the days pass by, we are challenged even more so by the effects of COVID-19 and just how resilient we truly are: globally, as a nation, as companies in our industry, in our families and as individuals. In an effort to find that delicate balance between taking action and providing normalcy, we are looking into ways to alter our programs to continue to provide outreach, education, and value to our members and communities. The Atlanta Post Board and Committee Chairs are continuing to meet monthly via conference calls and assess our events month-by-month, as well as receiving continuing guidance from National. The SAME Centennial Year begins in 2020 and goes through May 2021. With that in mind, some of our events planned for 2020, may now become part of Centennial Finale 2021! Please note the following:

  • CANCELLED: April 14th, Ft McPherson - Military to Movies & More. There is a great amount of interest in this program and we are looking into a new date in the fall or possibly in 2021.
  • CANCELLED: May 5th, Connect in 2020. Small Business Symposium. While this event serves as our biggest networking and fundraising event of the year, we intend to keep this program intact and simply roll it into a Centennial Finale in 2021. That said, we are currently looking into adding a Small Business expo-type component to our Annual Shrimp Boil event scheduled in early September 2020.
  • June/July/August Program - Summer DoD Series. These programs are currently continuing as scheduled, however, we are also looking into webinar options as a back-up.
  • SCHOLARSHIPS due May 1. With reduced revenue from our cancelled programs we likely will not be able to fund the full amount of scholarships that we’d hoped, but we will continue to provide our committed minimum scholarship amounts as previously announced. Please encourage current and college-bound students to apply by the deadline (see scholarship info below for details).
  • SUMMER CAMPS. Please monitor the websites provided below for any updates in summer camps. 

CANCELLED: Connect in 2020

Veterans Outreach


Atlanta Post member, Ray Willcocks, presented a Veterans Outreach Check for $750 to Board Chair, Clarence Lawrence, and CEO MSGt, Sandra Brownlee.

2019 Atlanta Post Awards

Congratulations to our 2019 SAME Atlanta Post award winners for their dedication and outstanding contributions to the Post.

2019 Awards:

  • Sustaining Member of the Year: Small Firm - EGSci Consulting Inc. 
  • Sustaining Member of the Year: Medium Firm - ZAPATA Inc. 
  • Sustaining Member of the Year: Large Firm - Pond & Company 
  • Young Member of the Year: Julie Rebello 
  • Member of the Year: Neville Anderson 
  • Post President Award: Candice Scale

Slate of Nominees

Per our bylaws, the nominating committee is pleased to present the following slate of nominees which will be voted upon at our November 12 meeting and take office in January 2020.

 2020 Board:

President: Kellie Sak (ZAPATA)

Vice President: Randall Bailey (Pond & Company)

Treasurer: Frank Ward (Luster National, Inc.)

Asst. Treasurer: Mike Khalil (EGSci Consulting Inc.)

Secretary: Kelly Kachurak (National Park Service)

Asst. Secretary: Ray Ramos (Raymond Engineering-Georgia, Inc.)


2020-21 Board of Directors:

Candice Scale (Blue Cypress Consulting, LLC)

Josh Daniel (Lowe Engineers)

Glenn Martin (Pond & Company)

Holly Hutson (Wood.)  

48th Annual Shrimp Boil

What a success! We had a great time at the 48th Annual SAME Atlanta Shrimp Boil. Thank you to all of the attendees for coming out to this event! We truly appreciate your support, and we hope you enjoyed it! Check out pictures from the event here. 

On behalf of the Atlanta Post, we would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to our sponsors for making this event so successful. As we continue to grow and start our 100th year of SAME, please know that partnerships with our sponsors are crutial to the success of our chapter. Thank you again, sponsors, for your continued support! 

Shrimp Sponsor:


Parking Sponsors:

  • Pond & Company
  • United Consulting

Cocktail Sponsors:

  • Basha Services, LLC
  • Constructive Ingenuity
  • Hcr Construction Inc
  • PES Structural Engineers
  • R2T, Inc
  • T2 Utility Engineers

Friends of SAME Sponsors:

  • EGSci Consulting Inc.
  • Total Systems Commissioning 
  • Zapata Incorporated (ZAPATA)

Ga Tech vs. The Citadel Tailgate

We had a great time at the tailgate on Saturday, September 14! This tailgate is part of our college outreach efforts and allowed us to show the student chapter what the SAME Atlanta Post is about. Thank you to all attendees and sponsors who have supported the SAME Atlanta Post in the past. It is because of you that we are able to make this happen! If you would like to continue to support the Post, consider sponsoring our 30th Annual Golf Tournament. All proceeds of the golf outing will go to SAME Atlanta Post’s education, mentoring, and outreach programs.


Sustaining Member of the Year Award Nominations


One of the many benefits of being a Sustaining Member of SAME is that each year, SAME Atlanta Post recognizes Sustaining Member Firms who have distinguished themselves within our post. We are currently accepting nominations for the following categories:

Sustaining Member of the Year – Small Firm Award:

For eminent contributions to the Atlanta SAME Post by a Small Business Sustaining Member organization.  In order to be eligible, the company must be a Sustaining Member company and a Small Business (100 employees or less) in at least one NAICS category as of the date of nomination.   

Sustaining Member of the Year – Medium Firm Award:

For eminent contributions to the Atlanta SAME Post by a Medium Company Sustaining Member organization.  The company must be a SAME Sustaining Member company and must be a medium-sized company (101-2,499 employees).

Sustaining Member of the Year – Large Firm Award:

For eminent contributions to the Atlanta SAME Post by a Large Company Sustaining Member organization. In order to be eligible the company must be SAME Sustaining Member company.

A sustaining member company must nominate itself for these awards. Companies must state which award category, provide the number of employees, and provide a brief write up of their accomplishments regarding the criteria below.

Criteria for Nominations, (not all must be met to win the award):

 Extent to which the company exhibits and sponsors at SAME Atlanta, region, and national conferences 

  • Sponsorship of the ATL Post Federal Symposium or to the Southeast Tri-Regional JETS
  • Participation and/or Sponsorship of Atlanta Post golf event
  • Participation and/or Sponsorship of Atlanta Post shrimp boil
  • Participation and/or Sponsorship of the Atlanta Holiday Party and raffle
  • SAME Atlanta Volunteer (Presenter at conference, Lunch, help with Registration, Website, Nametags, conference committees, golf, newsletters, etc.)
  • Extent to which the company appoints (or supports) individuals on the Atlanta Post Board of Directors and Committees
  • Active participation/regular attendance in Atlanta Post events and meetings


If you would like to be considered for these prestigious awards, please, submit your nomination email to [email protected] by October 15, 2019. 

2019 EEA STEM Academy Final Report and Recap

The 2019 Exploring Engineer Academy was held from June 2-7, 2018 at Georgia Tech under the direct supervision of professional engineers, scientists, engineering faculty and staff from the Boy Scouts of America Atlanta Council. This year students explored engineering as a profession by engaging in exciting hands-on activities and experience living on the top-rated Georgia Tech campus for one week. This annual program was founded by the Georgia Engineering Foundation, Society of American Military Engineers and the Learning for Life Division of the Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America. Leadership in planning support also comes from the efforts of Volunteers from the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Society of American Military Engineers, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers. Support is generously provided from professional engineer mentors, sponsoring local corporations, and from donations received from engineering firms throughout the metro Atlanta area who donated scholarships and their valuable time. The Exploring Engineer Academy Committee has provided leadership for the last 20 years, growing the academy from 10 students, to over 70 students into two concurrent STEM tracks.

Read the full event report and recap here.

Save the date! 20th Anniversary Camp to be held on May 31 – June 5, 2020.

Now Accepting Nominations for Sustaining Member Awards

One of the many benefits of being a Sustaining Member of SAME is that each year, SAME Atlanta Post recognizes Sustaining Member Firms who have distinguished themselves within our post. We are currently accepting nominations for the following categories:

  • Sustaining Member of the Year – Large Firm Award
  • Sustaining Member of the Year – Medium Firm Award
  • Sustaining Member of the Year – Small Firm Award

If you would like to be considered for these prestigious awards, please, submit documentation about your involvement in the Atlanta SAME Post via email to Mike Khalil by October 15th, 2019.

SAME Atlanta Post Announces Scholarship Winners

The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Atlanta is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 scholarships are Devin Morrison and Moises Rayo. Each year, SAME Atlanta Post awards scholarships in honor of Sy Liebmann and Al Rowe. This year, SAME Atlanta’s overall scholarship program is valued at $5,000.

Devin Morrison was selected for the 2019 Sy Liebman Scholarship for $2,500. Devin was nominated by Jack Seibert, a SAME Atlanta Post Fellow, following his attendance at the 2018 US Air Force Construction and Engineering Camp at Scott AFB, IL, a SAME sponsored camp program. Devin is a SAME Virtual Post member. In the fall of 2018, Devin assisted with his high school STEM day by assisting with the SAME National STEM booth and presentation.

Devin has completed 4 years of JROTC at Marietta High School, where he maintained a 3.3 grade point average, and plans to continue his ROTC training as a student at Kennesaw State University. He will enroll in the college ROTC program and plans to become an Air Force Officer upon graduation. His overall goal is to obtain a Mechanical (Mechatronics) Engineering Degree and use that as an Air Force Officer to improve national security by using unmanned drones. He has already started college at Kennesaw State University and is enrolled in summer session.

Devin was highly recommended by his high school JROTC instructor, CMSgt. Lose G. Alfaro, for his dedication and leadership, having held the most leadership positions during his four years of JROTC. In his final year at Marietta High School, Devin was selected as the Deputy Support Commander and was responsible for 10 different teams consisting of 80 cadets as well as $5,000 in weapons and equipment within the Armory.

The 2019 Al Rowe Scholarship for $2,500 is awarded to Moises Rayo. Moises is an intern with Atlanta Post Sustaining Member Firm, EGSci Consulting, Inc., Engineering, Geophysics & Geosciences, and was nominated by, Shelly Keary, M.Sc., P.E. of EGSci.

Moises began his college career at the University of North Georgia – Dahlonega, GA, and transferred to Georgia Tech in the Spring of 2017 to study Civil Engineering. He has maintained a grade-point average above a 3.25, while assisting his father in his business. He is the first in his family to attend college, let alone to graduate high school. Additionally, his grades throughout the years have been consistent, which conveys his determination in his studies. A course that was challenging to him was physics due to the concepts and mathematics involved. Taking that course drove him to apply himself and taught him not to run away from a challenge, but to instead face it head on. Lastly, having parents who don’t quite understand the English language very well, he continues to provide assistance to his parents.

Moises has a hands-on, can-do, all-in attitude, which makes him both a pleasant and integral part of the EGSci team. While balancing school requirements and work demands, Moises has maintained dependability at EGSci. He is forthright in relaying his schedule, arrives as communicated, and is focused and organized while at work. Moises is comfortable and functional working both independently and as part of a team; he is a problem-solver possessing the wisdom to ask for guidance or advice when needed. Moises has demonstrated his eagerness (and capability) to learn, asks how and where he can help, and has proven himself a diligent and attentive employee.

Apply Now for 2019 SAME Atlanta Post Scholarships

SAME Atlanta Post is pleased to announce that we will be offering a minimum of one $2,500 scholarship for 2019. Scholarships will be awarded to either a high school senior, a current undergraduate, or a graduate student pursuing an engineering, architecture, science, math or related degree at an accredited college or university. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2019. For more information, or to apply now, see the SAME Atlanta Post Scholarship Requirements and the SAME Atlanta Post Scholarship Application both on the website. For more information about scholarships, please contact John (Jack) W. Seibert, III, PE, F.SAME Atlanta Post Scholarship Committee Chair at [email protected].

Southeastern Federal Symposium Presentations

Thank you for attending the 2019 Southeastern Federal Symposium hosted by SAME Atlanta Post. Please click on the links below for the presentations from the event.

1 – US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) 

2 – General Services Administration (GSA) Region 4

3 – National Park Service (NPS) Southeast Region

4 – Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast

5 – US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) South Atlantic Division

6 – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Sustaining Member Firm of the Month – Osprey Management

Osprey Management is a commercial construction firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. We provide general contractor and construction management services to public sector clients throughout the southeastern United States. As a commercial construction company, we offer customer-centered, results-driven services. By tackling typical construction issues through our internal processes, we allow our clients to focus on their core competencies and business. Our clients appreciate our straightforward and transparent approach, the guidance from our team of industry experts, and the professional and timely results.

At Osprey, we offer innovative solutions and deliver on our promises. We do what we say we’ll do.

We provide expert-guided general contractor services, as well as construction management services to public and private clients. Each of our projects are carried out meeting industrial and safety standards and bringing unparalleled knowledge and professionalism. We form relationships built on trust and by understanding the unique challenges our clients face. The relationships we build with our clients allows for a smoother process, better experiences, and timely results.

Our transparency and straightforwardness result in several long-term working relationships and partnerships. Each project is entrusted to the best commercial construction contractor so our clients aren’t bombarded with the typical construction challenges. This limits costly and inconvenient challenges so we can stay within budget and time constraints.

Contact Information:

Kelvin King
7742 Spalding Drive
Suite 464
Norcross, GA 30092
Phone: 678-296-7707
Email:  [email protected]

Geothals Medal

Hello members, it is award season again and we would like to call upon those of you who are interested in nominating someone for the Geothals Medal. The Geothals Medal is awarded to a SAME member for distinguished performance in the field of engineering, design or construction. The medal is named in honor of Col. George W. Goethals, USA, and was first awarded in 1956.


  • Nominee must be a registered engineer.

  • Nominee must have been a member of SAME for one year prior to nomination.

  • Nomination must indicate the state and expiration of PE registration.

  • Nominee must have made “eminent and notable contributions in engineering, design, or construction in the past five years.”

If you would like to submit for this medal, your submission must be submitted to Mike Khalil at [email protected] by January 21st so that the submission can be reviewed and endorsed by the Atlanta Post prior to submitting it to SAME National.

Please refer to the following link for further information and direction on the application process:

SAME Atlanta 2018 Scholarship Update

2018 Atlanta Post

Al Rowe and Sy Liebman Scholarship

Ashlyn Sak– is entering her second year at LSU, Majoring in Wildlife Ecology, graduated from Lakeside H.S. in 2017.

$500 Scholarship

Atlanta Post relationship: Mother is a member, Kellie Sak, Zapata

Ashlyn is interested in the sciences and is very passionate about animals and the environment. She is seeking a career related to protecting and improving our ecosystems, including those for threatened or endangered animals where she can apply her interests and make a difference. (NOTE: U.S. military bases work hard to be excellent stewards of the environment and most have environmental sustainability programs to do precisely the kind of work Ashlyn is interested in) Ashlyn was one of only two students in her major to complete the field course to Nicaragua, where the students learned about how wetlands are used to capture livestock runoff and how incorporating solar power can stabilize an unreliable power infrastructure. Ashlyn attended college full-time (enrolled in Georgia State’s Move on When Ready Program) as a high school senior. Ashlyn is a member of the LSU Swim Club and employed at the LSU AgCenter Dairy Store (the store offers a selection of ice cream, meats (beef, pork, lamb and goat), and cheese). She has been connected to SAME through her parents since 2010 and interned for three years at EGSci Consulting a sustaining member of the Atlanta Post. Ashlyn intends to become and active SAME student member and intends to support SAME which has supported and invested in her education.


Kristen Haupt– is entering her first year at Georgia, Majoring in Biology, graduated from Centennial H.S. in 2018.

$500 Scholarship

Atlanta Post relationship: Father, Matt Haupt is the outgoing Atlanta Post President and works for Atkins Global

Kristen loves science especially Biology and Chemistry. She will attend University of Georgia to major in Biology and minor in International Affairs. Kristen was a member of the Spanish National Honors Society, scholar athlete award recipient, and was an international skills diploma seal recipient and award winner/keynote speaker. Kristen is self-driven, enthusiastic and extremely determine to be the best she can be. Mike Corriveau, a Centennial H.S. mathematics teacher says Kristen’s greatest trait is her tenacity. Kristen is one of the school’s hardest working students and she is not afraid to “roll up her sleeves” and figure things out. Kristen is able to balance athletics, extracurriculars, rigorous classes and a thriving social like giving her the well-rounded Centennial H.S. experience. Kristen is looking to pursue a job in the medical field and take her knowledge overseas. She wants to work with people and leave a legacy she can be proud of.

Grace Dwyer– is entering her second year at Georgia Tech, Majoring in Neuroscience, graduated from Grady High School in 2017.

$1500 Scholarship

Atlanta Post relationship: Father, John Dwyer is a member and works for Kemron Environmental Services

Grace has loved to dance since she was five years old. As a Neuroscience major she learned how dance can help our brains and now supports a program called “Dance for PD” that uses dance to help people with Parkinson ’s disease. Grace is a member of Georgia Tech Women’s Rugby Club team and the Atlanta Youth Rugby team. She is also a member of Alpha Gamma Delta and has done volunteer work at the Campus Kitchen and Oakland Cemetery. According to Georgia Tech Mathematics Professor Sal Barone, Grace is a self-motivated, organized, hard worker with a great deal of natural talent. Many times she has amazed Dr. Barone with how quickly she is able to gain a solid understanding of a previously unknown topic, such as linear independence or one of the more difficult topics in calculus such as related rates. With her excellent background, strong work ethic, and natural talent, Grace is exceling at Georgia Tech and will suceed after graduation in whatever field she chooses. Grace is interested in gaining a better understanding of combat-related brain injuries by becoming a physician where she can work in the emerging field of brain science. Grace would like to help people, both here at home and across the world, live better lives.

Joshua Emerson, Jr.– is entering his third year at Kennesaw State University, Majoring in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Nuclear Engineering, graduated from the Independent Study Academy Alpharetta in 2016.

$2500 Scholarship

Atlanta Post relationship: Father, Josh Emerson, Sr., is a member and works for Wood Group and is a member of the Georgia Army National Guard.

Joshua has a passion for engineering and inventing; upon seeing something that doesn’t work well, he wants to fix it or create something better. As an industrial engineer, he plans to learn how to make anything and everything better faster and more efficient from top of the line automobiles to precision weaponry and spacecraft. At Kennesaw State, Joshua is in the Honors College, is active in various student organizations and enjoys Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In high school Joshua completed 900+ hours community service, received responsibility in leadership award, and was the founder and president of the airsoft club. According to Georgia House Representative Ed Setzler, Joshua is creative, mathematical, scientific and logical at the same time. He develops his decisions quickly and thoughtfully and is an incredibly well-rounded student. After he graduates from Kennesaw State he plans to pursue a Master of Science in Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. His objective is to work for the Department of Defense as a weapons engineer, or as a government contractor. He is still considering military service.

Sustaining Member Firm of the Month - Foundation Technologies

fti_logo - withyellowEstablished in 1986, Foundation Technologies, Inc. is a respected leader in the foundation industry and the largest supplier of helical piles and helical tieback anchors in the Southeastern United States. Foundation Technologies provides a wide range of products and services to construction professionals in the Federal, heavy civil, industrial, commercial and residential markets. Inside our 47,000-square-foot distribution facility, a dedicated team of professionals provides effective product solutions for a time-sensitive market. Foundation Technologies is proud to be owned and operated by a disabled veteran, certifying our company as a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).

Small Business Update – February 2018

The SBA presents many events/classes/learning sessions all around Atlanta giving you an opportunity to assist with the growth of your small business.  Click here to see SBA resources and events in your local area such as:

  • Strategic Business Planning: Execute Your Growth Vision!
  • Women and Veterans Federal Contracting Program
  • Contracting with the Government - Service Contract Act Requirements
  • 8(a) & HUBZone Workshop
  • Overview of SBA Programs and Services
  • and many, many more!


MARTA Moves Forward Presentation

img_3562We would like to give a special thank you to our October luncheon speaker, Mr. Keith Parker, AICP, General Manager/Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA)?.

Please click here to see the PowerPoint presentation!

2017 STEM Camps: Message from Campers and Parents!

This was a great STEM camp year- AF, Army, USMC  and EEA. Check out the reviews from the campers and parents!

These are  sincere testaments to the quality of our STEM programs and the quality of the students our Posts provided.

Please click here to read the reviews!

Thanks for the support!

Scott  Prosuch,
SAME STEM Coordinator

James H. Lucas Emeritus Chair: Raymond (Ray) H. Willcocks


James H. Lucas was the Founding Member of the Atlanta Post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) in 1940. Professor Lucas served for many years as an educator in the school of Civil Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was honored with the title of Professor Emeritus.

Professor Lucas served during World War I with the Corps of Engineers thus beginning his long association with Military Engineering. In addition to being a founding member of the Atlanta Chapter of SAME, Professor Lucas continued as an active post member for over 40 years. During his 40-year membership with the Atlanta Post, he served frequently as the Post Treasurer and established a record of 14 consecutive years as Atlanta Post treasurer before relinquishing his post in early 1980’s.

In January 1993, the Atlanta Post Board of Directors approved the establishment of the James H. Lucas Emeritus Chair to honor Professor Lucas’ long-standing dedication and service to the Atlanta Post and the Society of American Military Engineers. The Lucas Emeritus Chair award is periodically bestowed upon an Atlanta Post member in recognition of truly outstanding and long term service to the Atlanta Post (minimum of 10 years post service is required). Recipients of this award receive a life-time appoint to the Atlanta Post Board of Directors with all the privileges and authority of a Board member to serve the Society and the Atlanta Post.

As of February 2015, Jane C. Penny became the twelfth Atlanta Post member to have been bestowed the James H. Lucas Emeritus Chair.


Ray Wilcocks

Raymond (Ray) H. WillcocksRay Willcocks has been a member of SAME since 1983 and has been an active member of the Atlanta Post of SAME since 2003. Post Activity includes;

  • 2003 – 2013:  Atlanta Post Readiness Committee.
  • 2003 – present:  SAME National Readiness Committee/Transportation Infrastructure Security Partnership.
  • 2005:  Atlanta Post Member of the Year
  • 2005 -2007, 2009-2013, 2014-2016:  Atlanta Post Board or Directors
  • 2006-2007:  Atlanta Post Vice President
  • 2007-2008:  Atlanta Post President
  • 2008-2009:  Atlanta Post Past President
  • 2010:  Volunteer as Operations Chair of the 2010 Atlanta JETC.
  • 2012 & 2013: National V.P. of the Academy of Fellows and Chairman of the Golden Eagle Dinner.
  • 2012- current:  Atlanta Post Fellows liaison to the Young Member Committee.
  • 2014-2016:  Atlanta Post Fellows Committee Chairman (4 new Fellows approved by the National Committee under his leadership).
  • 2014-present:  Supports Exploring Engineering Academy as BSA representative from Flint River Council and Camp mentor, 2016.
  •  2014-present:  Southeastern Regional POC for Fellows.
  • 2016-present: National Member of the SAME Board of Direction.
  • 2016-present:  National STEM Committee representing the Air Force and BSA.
  • 2016: Co-chair of the National Small Business Conference.

Ray is a long time active, involved, doer, in the Atlanta Post with every intention of remaining active in the Atlanta Post as long as he lives in the Atlanta area.

2017 Southeast Federal Symposium Attendee List and Speaker Presentations

The symposium committee and the Atlanta Post of SAME would like to give a BIG thank you to all the Federal Symposium Sponsors, speakers, and attendees for making this symposium a huge success!  Below please find a list of all our speakers and their presentations.

Please click here for a list of attendees!

Agencies and Speakers:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) South Atlantic Division
Erik Blechinger
Acting Regional Business Director
2017 SAD USACE Presentation

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – Region 4
Geoffrey Kreiger
Contracting Officer
2017 EPA Presentation

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Prudence Howard
Director of Contracting, NCO7
2017 VA Presentation

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Tony C. Ortiz
Small Business Development Program, FAA Southern Region
2017 FAA Presentation

U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
Brian Whelan
Director, Project Delivery Division, GSA Region 4

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Jesse F. Munoz, CEM, CFM
FEMA Region IV
2017 FEMA Presentation

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast
Capt. Patrick Garin
Commanding Officer
2017 NAVFAC Presentation

Small Business Update – February 2017

There are several exciting new programs, events, and webinars coming up in the month of February geared towards small businesses.  See information and links below for more information!

  • February 23, 2017 2:00 PM EST (Webinar) – Identity of Interest Affiliation: Everything You Need to Know Webinar – If your company pursues small business set-aside contracts, either as a prime contractor or as a subcontractor, you have to prepare for the possibility of a post-award size protest alleging affiliation.  Therefore, understanding SBA’s affiliation rules before you submit your proposal is critical for both small and large contractors that pursue set-aside contracts. This webinar will provide an overview of SBA’s affiliation rules, with a focus on the so-called “identity of interest rule.” Check here for details!


Small Business Update – January 2017

There are several exciting new programs coming up in the month of January geared towards small businesses.  See information and links below for more information!

  • January 10, 3:00 PM EST (deadline) – National Small Business Week Nominations – Are you a small business owner with an amazing success story to tell? If so, submit your nomination for the 2017 National Small Business Week Awards. All nominations must be mailed or hand delivered to the nearest SBA Office no later than 3:00 p.m. ET on January 10, 2017. Check here for details!
  • Twitter Chat | Using Technology to Work Smarter, Not Harder | #SBAchat –  Join the SBA for a Twitter chat on “Using Technology to Work Smarter, Not Harder” hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (@SBAgov). They will be sharing tips and resources to help small business owners start, grow and succeed. Follow along with the hashtag #SBAchat.
  • Going Global – Is It the Right Move for Your Company? | Webinar – January 17, 2017 at 2:00 PM EST– If you have global ambitions for exporting your products and services – please join this webinar produced by SCORE, a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration. A Certified Export Expert will present a road map on how to successfully enter the international marketplace.  Click here to register.
  • Strategic Planning | Course – Strategic planning is and will be a vital part of running your business. This course will explain why strategic planning is important and will also describe the typical steps taken in the process. You will walk away with the tools needed to create successful strategic plans that will propel your business to success.  Click here to take the course!

December 2016 Program Presentations

The program committee and the Atlanta Post of SAME would like to give a BIG thank you to all the December program speakers and attendees for making this program a huge success!  Below please find a list of all our speakers and their presentations.

Program Speakers:

Air Force Reserve Comman (AFRC)
Mr. Joe Ballard
Program Manager
2016 AFRC Briefing Presentation

Dobbins Air Reserve Base (Dobbins ARB)
Mr. Kenneth Williams
Base Civil Engineer
2016 Dobbins ARB Briefing Presentation

Hire Heroes USA
2016 Hire Heroes USA Presentation

Sustaining Member Firm of the Month: AEGION Corporation

AEGION CorporationAegion combines innovative technologies with market-leading expertise to maintain, rehabilitate and strengthen infrastructure around the world. Since 1971, the Company has played a pioneering role in finding transformational solutions to rehabilitate aging infrastructure, primarily pipelines in the wastewater, water, energy, mining and refining industries. Aegion also maintains the efficient operation of refineries and other industrial facilities and provides innovative solutions for the strengthening of buildings, bridges, tanks and other structures. Aegion is committed to Stronger. Safer. Infrastructure®.

Contact Information:

Jonathan M. Raymer, P.E.
Federal Market Manager
AEGION Corporation
Canton, GA 30114
Phone: 770.616.7523
[email protected]

NAVFAC Southeast FY 2016 – 2017 Briefing

The programming committee and the Atlanta Post of SAME would like to give a BIG thank you to our speaker, CAPT Andrew Hascall, USN, and all the attendees for making this luncheon a huge success!  Below please find our speaker’s presentations.

NAVFAC Southeast FY 2016 – 2017 Briefing
CAPT Andrew M. Hascall, USN

Sustaining Member Firm of the Month – Terracon

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 3,500 employees in 130 offices nationwide. In business for 50 years, Terracon is a leader in environmental, facilities, geotechnical, and materials testing services. The company is currently ranked 32nd on Engineering News-Record’s list of the Top 500 Design Firms and ranked 7th on the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Top 25 Engineering Firms list. Market sectors served: Federal, state, and local government; commercial and retail development; transportation; energy; industrial; healthcare; and telecommunications, among others.

Our geographic footprint, the wide range of consulting services that we provide, the depth of technical expertise possessed by our scientists and engineers, and the ease of doing business with Terracon, make us the ideal Teaming partner on Federal government projects and contracts. Small Businesses appreciate our knowledge of locality, large number of offices, and our ability to fill gaps and provide a wide array expertise and testing.

Our firm maintains the largest fleet of geotechnical exploration equipment in the nation (108 rigs and growing), providing an array of conventional drilling rigs, cone penetration testing (CPT) rigs and Geoprobes. Our materials laboratory network is among the nation’s largest with nearly all of our offices have testing laboratories, most of which are accredited by AASHTO and/or the USACE.

In Atlanta, we employ over 100 professionals from our offices in Lawrenceville and Kennesaw which include 14 professional engineers, more than 35 technicians, 30 environmental professionals, and support staff.

Laura McDonald
Marketing Specialist I Atlanta North
4040 Royal Drive, Suite 100
Kennesaw, Georgia 30144
[email protected]

SAME Atlanta 2015 Scholarship Update

Joseph Bersson – 2015 Graduate of Roswell High School Roswell, GA

Joseph Bersson is a 4.0 graduate of Roswell High School. Having also already completed a few courses at GA Perimeter College, he is ready to pursue an engineering degree at Auburn University this Fall. Joe was able to shadow some electrical engineers while interning with GS Battery, and while working alongside problem solvers and solution creators, Joseph confirmed a career in engineering was for him. Joseph has been very active at Roswell High School being the committee chair for the National Honor Society, President of the Beta Club, and burning some stress while on the varsity Lacrosse team. While staying diligent with his studies and active in clubs and societies, Joseph was able to achieve his Eagle Scout this past year.

Samuel Watts – Georgia Institute of Technology

Samuel is a civil engineering graduate of GA Tech who will be returning for his Masters Degree this fall. He has been busy with his undergrad studies while also finding time for membership in ASCE, intramural sports including football, volleyball, and Frisbee. Samuel has kept his mind active while engaged in Undergraduate Research as well. Samuel has also always been interested in military history which was heightened while taking a Military, Technology, and Organization class. This interest has Samuel considering a career with the US Navy Civil Engineering Corps after completion of his post graduate studies.

2016 Southeast Federal Symposium Speaker Presentations

The symposium committee and the Atlanta Post of SAME would like to give a BIG thank you to all the Federal Symposium Sponsors, speakers, and attendees for making this symposium a huge success!  Below please find a list of all our speakers and their presentations.

Agencies and Speakers:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Mr. Dale DeFilipps
Contracts Branch Chief
CDC Presentation

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Mr. Geoffrey Krieger
Contracting Officer, Region 4

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Ms. Annette R. Wright
Supervisory Contract Specialist
FEMA Presentation

General Services Administration (GSA) 
Ms. Mildred Quinley
Director, Regional Office of Small Business Utilization

National Park Service (NPS) – Southeast Regional Support Office
Mr. Tim Bemisderfer
Landscape Architect / Project Manager
NPS Presentation

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) South Atlantic Division
Mr. Larry McCallister
Regional Business, Military, and IIS Programs Director
USACE SAD Presentation

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Ms. Prudence Howard
Director of Contracting, NCO7
VA Presentation

Luncheon Keynote Speaker:

Metro Atlanta Chamber
Mr. Thomas J. Cunningham, Ph.D
Senior Vice President, Chief Economist

Sustaining Member Firm of the Month – Black & Veatch

Black & VeatchBlack & Veatch is a leading global engineering, consulting, and construction contractor. Major industry sectors supported by Black & Veatch include: Energy, Water, Telecommunications, Management Consulting, and Federal. Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch is employee-owned with more than 10,000 employees in 110 offices worldwide and has completed projects in more than 100 countries on six continents. Engineering News Record’s annual survey of leading US firms has consistently ranked Black & Veatch among the top design firms and contractors and the company is ranked in the top 150 of Forbes America’s Largest Private Companies listing.

We provide our clients global experience and local resources to solve complex challenges in the following business sectors:

  • Energy: Black & Veatch applies accurate planning, leading technologies, proven Engineer/Procure/Construct (EPC) practices and reliable operations solutions for oil & gas, power generation and power delivery infrastructure. Our global projects are consistently recognized throughout the energy industry for quality and best practices.
  • Water: Black & Veatch has decades of best practices, timely and accurate project planning, industry alliances, and proven EPC delivery results in best-fit technologies and affordable, reliable, optimized water and wastewater solutions. We help communities and clients with innovative use of water resources, including treatment, conveyance infrastructure, water reuse systems, desalination, dams and hydropower, irrigation, flood management, and aquifer storage and recovery.
  • Telecommunications: Black & Veatch works with leading companies and communities planning, designing and building digital infrastructure needed to foster growth and innovation. We deliver complete turnkey Information and Communications Technology solutions, including wireless, wireline and IP networks, as well as information and operational technology systems used for secure communication, monitoring and control and data analytics. Our full service offering includes program management, planning, engineering, procurement and construction services to support the expansion of telecommunications and technology.
  • Management Consulting: Black & Veatch provides proven, strategic management consulting services to industry executives on a wide range of enterprise management matters, including: Strategy, Finance and Marketing Analysis, Regulatory Support and Compliance, Customer Engagement, Smart Infrastructure, and Asset Management.
  • Government Services: Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Black & Veatch authorized to execute work on behalf of the firm for Federal and Military agencies. We provide comprehensive planning, engineering, procurement, construction management and program management to Federal and military clients around the world, including serving the U.S. Government on missions from preliminary studies through complex military construction projects and civil works and environmental programs, aerospace and defense facilities and security.
Robert E. Marbury, P.G.
Project Manager
1120 Sanctuary Parkway, Suite 200
Alpharetta, Georgia 30009
[email protected]

SAME Atlanta Post Awards 2016

Every year,  the SAME Atlanta Post Nominating Committee selects two firms and two individuals to be recognized based on their achievements and involvement with the post.  The awards are given to one sustaining member, one small business, one member and one young member.  The award recipients this year are:

  • Sustaining Member Firm of the Year:  GHD – GHD is one of the world’s leading professional services companies operating in the global markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation.  We provide engineering, environmental, and construction services to private and public sector clients.  GHD is a Sustaining Member firm in several Posts including the Atlanta Post.   Our Duluth, GA office includes employees from the Property and Buildings Group, as well as, Environmental and Transportation.  Sherri Smith has served on the Atlanta Post Board since 2013 as Post Secretary and serves on the Finance Committee and Golf Tournament Committee.    GHD has supported many activities of the Post including the Golf Tournament, Toys for Tots Drive, Exploring Engineering Academy, as well as the Annual Shrimp Boil.
  • Small Business of the Year:  Raymond Engineering – Founded in 1992, Raymond Engineering has quickly become a leading building envelope firm in the Southeastern United States. The organization has grown from a locally based company to a dynamic full service architectural/engineering firm with offices located in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Since 2005, Raymond Engineering has committed company participation to the SAME Atlanta Post. Raymond Engineering boast a past Atlanta Post President in Raymond Ramos and a current communication committee chairman in Anthony Dukes. Raymond Engineering also has several active participants with the Atlanta Post Young Members that plan the Annual Shrimp Boil and networking events, and dedicates support to the golf tournament, Hire Heroes USA, and other post endeavors.
  • Member of the Year:  Jan Wynn – Jan Wynn is the Director of Government Design Services for WB Interiors, Inc. in Atlanta, and is also a professor at Gwinnett Technical College teaching in their Interiors Program.  Ms. Wynn is an award winning, commercial interior designer with over twenty years’ experience in Interior Design, Education, Design Management, and Business & Staff Development.  Jan enjoys being a very involved member of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Atlanta and Savannah Posts, and treasures the relationships she has built over the last few years with many SAME members. Jan is currently serving as Program Chair at the Atlanta Post, and serves on the Board of Directors. She is also starting a new program to mentor and assist transitioning veterans in the project management, engineering, architectural and construction fields in securing employment within the private sector, with the help of the Atlanta Post
  • Young Member of the Year:  Brian Dance –  Brian Dance has over 9 years of experience in designing and managing structural engineering projects; he is a licensed Professional Engineer in Georgia and a licensed Structural Engineer in Illinois.  He is currently a project director with Innovative Engineering, Inc., where he manages the structural design aspects of building projects. He has experience with physical security, including blast and progressive collapse design, and is involved in the firm’s management, training, and business development activities. For the last two years, Mr. Dance has also been actively involved in the Atlanta Post of SAME. He currently serves as the Treasurer of the Post and as such is responsible for all income and expenses for the Post. He attends Board of Directors Meetings, monthly Luncheons, and other Post activities. In addition to his work and Post activities, Mr. Dance enjoys spending time with his family, trail-running, swimming, and reading.

Small Business Update - March 2016

March 4, Midnight (deadline) - SBA Georgia District:  Emerging Leaders 2016 - The Georgia District Office is now taking applications for the 2016 Emerging Leaders Program in Atlanta.   The program, now in its ninth year, is an intensive executive-level training series over seven months intended to accelerate the growth of high-potential small businesses in America’s urban areas.  Developed by SBA and drawing on the experiences of advisors and business leaders in urban communities across the country, this comprehensive curriculum provides the tools needed to take existing companies to the next level.  Applications will be taken through Friday, March 4 with the program starting in mid-April.

Webinars | Affordable Care Act 101 - SBA and Small Business Majority will host free Affordable Care Act 101 webinars so small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in health insurance marketplaces. The webinars begin at 2pm ET.

March 16, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Do's and Don’ts for Teaming Agreements & Subcontracts for 8(a) Contracts - Contractors in the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) Business Development Program often team with other contractors to compete for and perform government contracts. When negotiating a teaming agreement or subcontract for an 8(a) contract, there are many requirements of which a contractor should be aware. For example, it is important for teaming agreements and subcontracts to be consistent with the performance of work requirements and not to provide a basis for the SBA to find the companies to be affiliated.

Small Business Workshops and Webinars Through March 18, 2016

Sustaining Member Firm of the Month – Legis Consultancy

Legis-ConsultancyLegis Consultancy, a Veteran-Owned Small Business, was formed in 2001. Our moto is “Shaping the Economics of Complex Projects – Worldwide.” We have assembled a team of highly competent and credentialed engineers, lawyers, construction management, manufacturing and information technology professionals, all of whom have backgrounds in finance, cost and economic risk.

Our clients include government agencies, EPC contractors, subcontractors, A-Es, developers, owners, fabricators, insurance companies and manufacturers – all of whom have an economic interest in the outcome of their complex projects.

Our work falls into four broad categories: Economic Analysis, Geopolitical Analysis, Corporate Strategy and Dispute Consulting. Our staff is experienced in a diverse number of project types including: chemical demilitarization, embassies, missile sites, medical facilities, arctic construction, space test facilities, radar systems, roads & bridges, hot cell D&D, locks & dams, courthouses, waste treatment facilities, environmental restoration projects, military cantonments, electrical power plants, and nuclear waste facilities.

For these projects we have rendered an equally diverse set of services: white papers, litigation consulting, expert witness services, negotiation services, mediation presentations, independent technical reviews, cost engineering, estimating, scheduling, risk analysis, and optimization studies.

Legis Consultancy has undertaken numerous tasks for various U.S. Government agencies: Army Corps of Engineers (seven districts), Department of Energy, Department of Veterans Affairs, and General Services Administration. Our firm also holds a $20 million, 5 year, cost engineering IDIQ contract with the Walla Walla District.

Non-federal agencies are also among Legis Consultancy’s clients. We have experience with Georgia DOT, Georgia State Finance and Investing Commission (GSFIC) and Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).

Michael C. Ray, PE, CCP, PSP, PMP
[email protected]

Message from SAME Atlanta President Beth Harris, CPSM

It’s February, the month of love. Here are some of the things I love about SAME:

1. Our members are some of the nicest, most helpful people in the design and construction industry.
2. Our board members work hard behind the scenes to make sure our events, speakers, communications, and all of our activities are the best they can be. It’s an honor to serve with these good people.
3. When we ask for your input and assistance, you deliver.

That said, in February and March we’ve got some great speakers lined up at our regular lunch meetings. In April, we have a full day of programming featuring federal agencies that are located in Atlanta. We are doing this in conjunction with a different kind of golf event. We will be playing at Top Golf-Alpharetta and having a networking reception there on Monday, April 11th, then on Tuesday, April 12, we are hosting a SE Federal Agency Symposium, featuring representatives from eight federal agencies giving a program update and talking about what work they have coming up.

The Atlanta Post will be asking our members to sponsor this special event, so we hope you will consider supporting our Post as we try something a little different this year. Registration and Sponsorship information will be out in the next week.

Thank you for your continued support of the Atlanta Post. Look forward to seeing you all on February 9th along with our guest speaker, the new Fulton County COO, Todd Long. And please let me know what you love at SAME.


Beth Harris, CPSM
President, Atlanta Post