2023 SAME LMP College Scholarship

Applications for the 2023 SAME Lake Michigan College Scholarship are now being accepted! To access the application, please click here. Applications are due no later than April 26, 2023. Please email them to scott.d.jackson10.civ@army.mil.


  1. Applicants must be a graduating high school student, full-time under graduate college student or graduate student at an accredited college or university during the 2023-2024 school year and must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in engineering, architecture, or an environmental or applied science (i.e. mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology, etc.) with the ultimate goal of pursuing a career in construction, engineering, architecture, environmental science, or a physical science associated with these career fields. The major emphasis for this scholarship is on the physical elements of community life such as buildings, highways, utility and mechanical systems, and those technologies which advance the community’s well being.
  2. To be eligible, the applicant must be or become a student member (no cost to join) of Lake Michigan Post.
  3. Completed 2023 LMP Application Form.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from a college or high school advisor, academic instructor, community leader or immediate supervisor.
  5. Essay composition submission describing past achievements, qualifications, and scholastic and career goals (a maximum of two typed pages). Resumes are not desired.
  6. For prospective College Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores or Graduate Students:
    • Most recent college transcript, with accumulative credits, overall and grade point averages.
  7. For prospective College Freshmen (High School Seniors):
    • Most recent high school transcripts, with accumulative credits, overall and grade point averages.
    • A copy of acceptance letter to the college/university of your choice and a copy of your planned curriculum to be taken.

2023 SAME STEM Engineering & Construction Camps

Applications are now open for the 2023 SAME STEM Engineering & Construction Camps! Click here to apply. Application deadline is March 15, 2023.

SAME has been supporting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) events for over 30 years and conducting camps for almost 20 years. Our camps 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. Each camp has a unique curriculum that features hands-on activities that are conducted in competitive environments that promote teamwork, leadership, project management, and problem solving.

SAME is also looking for camp mentors for their STEM camps! Mentors have a tremendous impact on the process and campers, both as role models and sources for future decision-making, forming long-term relationships with their campers. To learn more about what it means to be a camp mentor, click here. Deadline to apply as a mentor is May 15, 2023.

To read more about what each camp offers and what the programs are about, click here.

2023 SAME Capital Week – March 2023

SAME’s 2023 Capital Week is heading to Rockville, Maryland, March 27-29, 2023!

Open exclusively to SAME members, this opportunity will put you ahead of the curve in planning your company’s acquisition strategy. Hear about the government’s upcoming engineering, design, construction, and environmental programs during the FY2024 DOD & Federal Agency Programs Briefings. Network with senior leaders and meet directly from contracting representatives, flag and general officers, and other decision-makers from the engineering components of the military services and several federal agencies.


  • Concurrent Briefings Presented by Government Agencies
  • Executive Leaders Panel
  • Pre and Post Conference Workshops
  • Networking Opportunities including the SAME Foundation Reception
  • Insights from Congressional Staffers on the President’s Budget
  • Academy of Fellows Luncheon (additional registration required)

Registration will be open in January. Click here for more information!

2023 Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo – May 2023

Join the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) for the Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo, May 2 – 4, 2023 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX. For registration questions, please contact registration@same.org.

With more than 2,000 professionals from across the military engineering community, private industry, federal agencies, and academia, JETC offers a unique mix education, training, leader development, networking, innovation, and so much more.


  • 70+ Hours of Education & Training Sessions
  • Dynamic Keynote Speakers and Leader Panels
  • Joint Engineer Warfighting Seminars
  • Facility Asset Management Forum
  • GeoWERX Geospatial Demonstration
  • Exhibit Hall Featuring 200+ Leading A/E/C Companies
  • SAME Celebrations: Fellows Investiture, LDP Graduation, Society Ball & Awards Gala

Stay tuned for more details!

SAME Small Business Conference (SBC)November 2023

Save the date for The Society of American Military Engineer’s (SAME) Small Business Conference, November 1 – 3, 2023, in San Antonio, TX.

More details to come.

2022 Engineering Holiday Party – December 15, 2022

It is time to ring in the holidays with many of your favorite engineering based professional organizations! Join SAME, WTS, ASCE, ITE, ISPE, and CMAA for a great Holiday Party on Thursday, December 15, from 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM at Francois Frankie in Chicago, IL.

This year we will be hosting the party in the loop at Francois Frankie.  Your ticket includes appetizers and 2.5 hours of open bar. Ticket price is $80.

This holiday party also provides an opportunity to support Toys for Tots! Please bring an unwrapped gift to donate.

Where: Francois Frankie, 222 W Randolph St. Chicago, IL 60606.

When: Thursday, December 15, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

2022 USACE and LRD Industry Day – December 1, 2022

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Great Lakes and Ohio River Division (LRD) is hosting their 2022 Industry Day event both virtually and in-person on Thursday December 1, 2022 from 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM CDT at The Marriot River Center in Covington, KY.

USACE and LRD are hosting this event to provide understanding of current mission needs for our industry partners. The partners will participate, in person or virtually, in an informational session led by LRD command staff in the morning and networking opportunities with the seven districts during the afternoon. There will also be breakout sessions during the afternoon which will cover a variety of topics (e.g., Doing Business With Us, Technical Challenges, Partnering, etc.).

To view the flyer for this event and to read more, click here.

SAME LMP Technical Series Part 1: Clean Water – October 13, 2022

Thank you to all of our attendees and speakers!

Our speaker, Bill Soucie, presented “Emerging Micropollutants in Water – A Large Public Water Supply Perspective.”

SAME board members and attendees with speaker Bill Soucie

Annual Yellow Ribbon Picnic – September 8, 2022

Thank you to all of our attendees and presenters!

Our day started out with everyone helping with the picnic set up, then sitting down together for a delicious lunch. Our speakers then took over, starting with MA1 Hawkins and Command Master Chief Corey who spoke about their long careers in the Navy. Then Liv Hatch spoke about her experiences from the SAME STEM summer camp, followed by Brittany Costa and JP Arangure from North Chicago Community Partners Program. Tony Billotti finished it up speaking about SAME.

Thank you to everyone who brought food, utensils, etc. and school supplies that were donated to the North Chicago Community Partners! We very much appreciate everything that was contributed!

Joel Sensenig, SAME’s elected director in Veterans Support, talks with our guests
Brittany Costa from the North Chicago Community Partners speaking about their program
Tony Billotti, head of Programs at SAME, sharing some words with attendees

Recipient of the SAME Scholarship

Samuel Smiley was the recipient of the Society of American Military Engineers Scholarship. We wish them luck in their studies at Ball State University!

Past Events and Announcements

SAME Chicago Annual Charity Boat Cruise – August 2, 2022

The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Chicago and Lake Michigan Posts held their 15th Annual Boat Cruise Fundraiser on August 2nd, 2022 from 7:30-9:30pm at Wendella Boats, Trump Tower Dock (401 North Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL).

The 2- hour evening cruise, with our traditional pre-boarding gathering, is the highlight of our summer programs. Started in 2007, the event has raised over $45,000 for various veteran and military family support organizations, such as Fisher House—Illinois and Honor Flight—Chicago. Our goal for this year’s event is to raise $10,000 for these and other worthy organizations.

To view our flyer for this event, click here.

Government Opportunities Business Conference (GOBC) – July 13-14

The 16th Annual Government Opportunities Business Conference was held on July 13-14 in-person at Volk Field Air National Guard Base in Camp Douglas.

Day 1: Grants and Funding

Day 2: Selling to the Government and Corporations.

Full agenda details can be found at www.wigobc.org.

SAME Annual Golf Outing – June 17 at Midlane Golf Resort

This year the annual SAME LMP Golf outing hosted 40 golfers and raised over $5,000 for their scholarship fund. LMP awarded $12,000 in eight scholarships for 2022.  Scott Jackson, champion of the scholarship program for SAME LMP,  presented the check to 3 of the recipients.

Joel Sensenig, Past President of SAME LMP, sharing comments with the golfers. 
A great day for the golfers 

After the golf, the new SAME LMP Officers were installed – congratulations to all.

Join us in congratulating the new leadership of the Post!

PresidentCharles Frangos 
Vice PresidentDave Yandel
Secretary Aina Vilumsons 
TreasurerSteve Blinderman 

Elected Directors
Elected Director 1Tony Bilotti
Elected Director 2Nik Dobberpuhl
Elected Director 3Ken Endress
Elected Director 4Dave Guseman
Elected Director 5Scott Jackson
Elected Director 6Dave Marasco
Elected Director 7Melissa Meade
Elected Director 8Todd Polacek
Elected Director 9Joel Sensenig
Elected Director 10Chi Zang

SAME – LMP Industry Day

Thank you to all our attendees and presenters!

Presentations by the speakers will be posted to this site early next week.

Congressman Schneider
Colonel Paul Culberson (USACE), Fran Gomes (VA), and LCDR Kip Bordelon IV (NAVFAC)
Steve Blinderman (Blinderman Construction) with Congressman Schneider
Charles Frangos (Orion Engineers)
David Guseman (Blinderman Construction)
Kurt Woolford (Lake County Stormwater Management Commission), Tara O’Malley (Regional Transportation Authority Illinois), and Tim McMahon (Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning)
Jennifer Killen (Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways), Manar Nashif (Illinois Tollway), Timothy McMahon (Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning)

Platinum Sponsors:

Blinderman Construction | Orion Engineers | FGM Architects


Gold Sponsors:

EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC


Andrew Hunt – click here.

Fran Gomes – click here.

Paul Culberson – click here.

Kip Bordelon – click here.

Jennifer Killen – click here.

Manar Nashif – click here.

Jose Rios – click here.

Kurt Woolford – click here.

Tara O’Malley – click here.

Tim McMahon – click here.

Chicago Waterways Systems Panel Discussion

Col. Culberson will host a panel consisting of Executive Directors from the City of Chicago’s Department of Transportation, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, and the Friends of the River on Wednesday, May 25th from 11:45 – 1:30 at the Union League Club.  The panel will focus on upcoming activities and the future of the Chicago Area Waterway System.  To register, please click here.

Navy Great Lakes Sea Perch Competition

The Navy Great Lakes Regional Competition will be held on April 9, 2022 at the Lake Forest Academy (1500 W Kennedy Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045).

The competition has three classes: Middle School Standard, High School Standard, and Open Class. The competition includes two in-pool components: an obstacle course and a challenge course. For more information, please visit https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/nmas/education/stem-education/seaperch.html

Decarbonization and Net Zero Energy (A Partial Solution to A Carbon Free Built Environment)

February 10, 2022 – Thank you to special guest speaker Lois Vitt Sale and all those who attended the seminar, “Decarbonization and Net Zero energy (A Partial Solution to a Carbon Free Built Environment).”

SAME Lake Michigan Post Luncheon Meeting

December 9, 2021 – Thank you to Frank Grimaldi, Assistant Commissioner, Design & Construction, Chicago Department of Aviation, who provided a great presentation and update on O’Hare and Midway airports at the SAME Lake Michigan Luncheon Meeting.

Frank Grimaldi (4th from left) with SAME Lake Michigan Post Leadership (from left to right): Charlie Frangos, Melissa Meade, tony Bilotti, Frank, Jeffrey Murphy, David Yandel, Ken Endress, Joel Sensenig
Resources Available – Initiatives to Promote Inclusion
Presenter Frank Grimaldi, Assistant Commissioner, Design & Construction, Chicago Department of Aviation
Joel Sensenig, President, SAME LMP provided closing comments