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Young Members Page
Young Member POC | (back to top)
galvezElda Galvez, AIA, from RS&H is our Post Young Member Director. Elda can be reached at or (210) 301-4824.

Elda is an architect with her company's Aerospace and Defense Program. She has 10 years of related project experience. Elda is also an AIA member and served on the AIA Associates Committee, which coordinated all architect interns monthly course training. Elda has been a SAME young member since 2013. Elda recently was a candidate in our 2014 Post Elections.

Need Your Participation | (back to top)
The Post is interested in ensuring that it is providing a meaningful experience to you and that what we provide is of interest to you.

The San Antonio Post's young member program is for SAME members age 35 years and under. It is an outstanding opportunity for professional development, networking, career guidance, and just plain fun.  All it takes is an investment in time.

We are working on many ideas to improve the young member program.  Having many varied and interesting and varied SAME activities may foster more young member involvement in the Post.  Some ideas being considered include:

  • Mentoring programs and professional development discussions
  • Peer discussions on assignments, jobs, projects, etc ...
  • Tours to sites of engineering interest (need ideas here...)

We encourage young engineers from the sustaining member firms to participate.  There is quite a bit that military and private sector engineers can share and learn from each other.

SAME provides the young member with many opportunities to learn, to grow, and for fun.  Without your ideas and participation, we can't make these programs happen.

Networking | (back to top)
Most young members are familiar with MySpace and Facebook, but did you realize that there is a networking tool available for working professionals as well?

bostis the leading professional networking tool online, used by over 10 million professionals worldwide.

This is an outstanding opportunity for young members to be connected with other SAME/Post members.

Click HERE to join our Post young members group. LinkedIn is FREE and open to all SAME members. Besides the benefits of communicating with each other, others include:

  • Leverage the power of the network to find and reach the new business contacts you need;
  • Accelerate your career through referrals from other members;
  • Know more than a name - view rich professional profiles from fellow members;
  • Let other members know what you have to offer professionally to them and their contacts.

Join our group TODAY!!!

SAME YM Information | (back to top)
You will find a repository of information for Young Members at the SAME website. The information is designed to serve as a resource to help Young Members in Posts share information, plan Post activities and events geared toward Young Members and to engage Young Members in The Society's recognition and leadership opportunities.

Click HERE to go to the SAME Young Members Council web page.

P.E. Preparation Tips | (back to top)
Here are some helpful PE/FE Links:

The application process can be almost as difficult as the studying for the test. Each state has different rules and procedures – make sure you understand them.

In preparing for your PE or FE, find as much information as you can on the test format and content. Prioritize the subjects you will study. Both the number of potential questions and your familiarity with the subjects factor into this prioritization.

You should spend more time on a subject with two questions on the test over a subject with one question. Review the fundamentals before diving into the heavy-duty subjects.

Make a study schedule – you probably won’t keep all of it, but it forces studying into the front of your mind. Study, study, study! Do lots of practice problems, and review the solutions from solutions manuals.

Understand where everything came from. Be familiar with your references, and tab them. One individual took about 10 books to the test, but only used one. However, the individual was very familiar with all the tables and references in it.

Don’t study the week before the test – you will need it to relax.

For more information, comments, ideas, or help, on professional development you can contact Woody Thompson, our Professional Development Director, at at or (210) 301-4819

Post Leadership Lab Program | (back to top)
llab sessionIn 2011 the Post started an annual Young Member (YM) mentoring program, the Post Leadership Lab. The Leadership Lab is aimed at both up-and-coming leaders and established operational leaders in government and industry that would benefit from the discussion, sharing of thoughts and experiences, and readings in leadership and related topics.

The Lab's goals are:

  • Provide students the chance to push individual comfort limits to develop their own style of leadership
  • Offer a broad understanding of leadership theories and the practical application of those concepts
  • Afford the opportunity to listen and learn from leadership speakers on their leadership experiences
  • Provide students an enriching experience that met their desire for professional and personal growth

The Program includes:

  • 10 - 12 students
  • Broken up into Accountability Pairs
  • Bi-weekly meetings for about 8 months
  • 3 leadership Objectives/Books
  • mentorGroup facilitated discussion on assigned reading
  • DiSC Profiles
  • Speaker Series (Military, Civic, Business Leaders)
  • Team Building Experience
  • Volunteering/Service Projects (Community Service, SAME Event)
  • Mentor-Protégé Program
  • Professional Development Plan

2015 Lab Director Hilda Quinones and Kent Lancaster from Lab Advisory Board lead a SAME webinar on "How to Initiate and Implement a Leadership Laboratory" on Aug 7, 2014 that provides a lot of information about our program. You can view and listen to a podcast of the webinar at the SAME website by clicking HERE

For more information about the Lab you can also contact:

Applications for the 2015 Lab class are being accepted now through Feb 16. Click HERE for the application package.

Post YM Discounts | (back to top)
Our Post offers some special discounts to its young members.

For Post meetings, Post young members receive a $5 discount from normal pricing if you make your reservation by the deadline. In addition, the Post offers discounts for Post young members to special event(s) such as our Annual Holiday Celebration held in Dec each year.

We encourage all Post young members to take advantage of these opportunities.

Mentorship - YM Role | (back to top)
Ben Matthews, a previous SAME College Outreach Chair, wrote an article on "Mentorship: Making the Time to Share Your Story" about everyone's role in telling young students about what our professions are really all about. Ben also appeared on Powerful Purpose Associates Radio Show in 2010 to talk about his article.

As a Young Member, you also have an important role in helping aspiring engineers/architects develop.

Click HERE for a copy of Ben's inspiring article.

Tips for Success | (back to top)
Dick Kochanek, a Past Post President, was the presenter at one of the quarterly SAME young member teleconferences in 2008. Dick's presentation focused on "Tips for Young Members' Success"

The briefing was the compiliation of thoughts, experiences and suggestions from over 40 leaders, managers and supervisors from a wide variety of companies and public agencies across the country. The presentation may provide you with some helpful ideas for your career and professional development planning.

Click HERE for a copy of the briefing.