There will be 4 technical presentations on a variety of topics beginning at 2:00 PM that will provide 3 PDHs. The seminar includes presentations on local and international projects; including the Merrimack County Courthouse, a Public Private Partnership (P3) project, the Tuscan Village redevelopment of Rockingham Park, clean-up of the Elizabeth Mine Superfund site, and the climate change impacts on bridges in Mozambique. Immediately following the seminars, we will have time to catch up with peers in a casual setting and a chance to chat with our exhibitors. Dinner will be served at 6:00pm, at which time this year’s Engineer and Young Engineer award winners will be recognized.
The evening will culminate with a keynote presentation by Sergeant Glen Lucas of New Hampshire Fish and Game (NHFG). A native of Bridgewater, Glen is living his childhood dream of being a conservation officer. He is an invaluable member of several of NHFG teams – Advanced Search and Rescue, Dive Team, Airboat Team, and a Field Training Officer. He is probably most known as being one of the “stars” of Animal Planet’s reality television series North Woods Law. The series has followed Glen and his fellow officers in their many adventures, from stray bears at dumpsters, to chasing poachers. Glen was also part of the February 15, 2015 rescue attempt of a lost hiker attempting to complete the Presidential Traverse in the White Mountains. This harrowing attempt is documented in the book Where You’ll Find Me. You are invited to hear Glen tell what it is really like to be a “reality star” and how that fateful day in the White Mountains has changed his perspective on life.The engineering community is encouraged to support this celebration through sponsorship and attendance.
The Society of American Military Engineers Mission and VisionThe Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), the premier professional military engineering association in the United States, unites architecture, engineering, construction (A/E/C), facility management and environmental entities and individuals in the public and private sectors to improve national security at home and abroad. The SAME Mission is “To promote and facilitate engineering support for national security by developing and enhancing relationships and competencies among uniformed services, public- and private-sector engineers and construction professionals, and by developing future engineers through outreach, financial support and mentoring.” The SAME Vision is “To be a premier global engineering organization leading the professional and personal growth of all members in support of military readiness and development of solutions to national security challenges.”
The Society of American Military Engineers grew from our nation's experiences in World War I, when more than 11,000 civilian engineers were called to duty as the United States entered “The War to End All Wars.” Upon their return, many feared the collective knowledge and the cooperation between the public and private sectors that proved vital to combat success would be lost. Industry and military leaders vowed to capitalize on the technical lessons and camaraderie shared during their battlefield experiences. SAME was formed from this vow. In 1919, Maj. Gen. William M. Black, USA, the Army's Chief of Engineers, appointed a nine-officer board to consider the formation of an "association of engineers" that would preserve and expand upon connections formed in war and promote the advancement of engineering and its related professions. Early in 1920, the first SAME Posts were established, providing former colleagues and new members opportunities to connect face-to-face, and establishing Post-to-community relationships across the country.
The Piscataqua Post of SAME represents Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Our members meet once a month. Our meetings are typically held at restaurants between Portsmouth, NH and Portland, ME and are sponsored by member firms who present on topics of relevance. These meetings are a great place to meet representatives from local engineering and construction firms engaged in government contracting in support of military missions.
The Piscataqua Post also provides funding for local qualified students to attend military engineering and construction camps, provides scholarships for engineering students at the University of New Hampshire and the University of Maine, and supports military focused benevolent activities in the region and across the country.