SAME JAX March 2021 Newsletter

NAVFAC Industry Day: March 31st

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Engineering Day Photos

Engineering day was help Feb 

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Previous Meeting Slides

Last month we had a great meeting, featuring RS&H's Victoria Mechtly discussing personal branding. To view the slides, please visit the following link:


SAME's San Juan Chapter Feb Meeting: 

Puerto Rico's Waning Window to the Universe: Arecibo Observatory Radio Telescope History and Future 

The San Juan Chapter of SAME conducted a very well-attended seminar on Feb 25th with over 100 attendees from across the country. The subject was regarding the Puerto Rican icon, the National Astronomy, and Ionosphere Center (NAIC), also known as The Arecibo Observatory. In 1960 the town of Arecibo in Puerto Rico was chosen by Professor William Gordon of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Cornell University to build an observatory primarily intended for radar studies of the Earth's ionosphere. Built in 1963 by the U.S. Air Force, they realized that the telescope would be a very significant new instrument for the then relatively new radio and radar astronomy fields. During the early 1970s, the Arecibo Observatory becomes one of the National Science Foundation's (NSF) National Astronomy and Ionosphere Centers. For five decades, it was the world's largest single-aperture telescope, surpassed in July 2016 by the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) in China.

On November 19, 2020, the NSF decommissioned the telescope due to safety concerns; controlled demolition was in plans. Regrettably, on December 1, 2020, before getting any opportunity of performing an honorable goodbye after so many years of service to the astronomy studies, the main telescope collapsed. The seminar offered a virtual tour through the past, present & speculation about the Arecibo Observatory future. The presenters were professionals that worked hand on hand on this past astronomical marvel.

Pilarin Ferrer CAAPPR, AIA -Moderator 

Ferrer is Associate Architect & Sustainable Technologies Academic Unit Coordinator at the PCUPR, School of Architecture. She has played a designer role on Federal Government projects for agencies such as ICE, U. S. Marshalls, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, GSA, SSODAR, DEA, VA, and IRS, many of the jobs of a highly sensitive nature. Also, worked on the design of the Arecibo Observatory's educational area.

Daniel Roberto Altschuler Stern, Ph.D. First Speaker

He was a former Senior Research Associate at Cornell University and for twelve years as director of the Arecibo Observatory. He has written several books. He is a Full Professor in the Department of Physics of the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus.

Luis V. Badillo, CAAPPR, AIA,  Second Speaker 

Badillo is a practicing architect & dean of the PCUPR School of Architecture. He has been responsible for designing and producing a wide range of projects in both the private and public sectors, amounting to more than $100 million in construction cost, including the Arecibo Observatory's educational area.

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Summer Is Coming! Post Your Internships On!

Help support our Student Chapters by posting your Internship opportunities for this summer. Sustaining Member organizations can post internship opportunities for free. Internships will be promoted to SAME Student Members. Internship positions should provide authentic learning experiences. Descriptions must include: mentor name; key skills or learning objectives; description of roles and responsibilities; duration; and stipend.

Internship positions will be reviewed before posting. If you have questions about internship opportunities, contact Eddie Gonzalez. Not an SAME Sustaining Member? If you are not currently a Sustaining Member join SAME today!

To Post an internship opportunity, please click here


SAME JAX Sustaining Member Spotlight

Each month, the SAME JAX Post aims to spotlight Members, Sustaining Members and Student Members. This month we randomly chose Zapata for our Sustaining Member Spotlight, as a "Thank You" for their support of SAME. 

ZAPATA Group Inc. (ZAPATA) was founded in 1991 and received its first U.S. military contract in 1994—and joined the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) that same year. ZAPATA is a full-service architecture, engineering, and construction management firm with a track record of exceptional service and performance on complex projects for the U.S. Department of Defense, Veterans Administration, and Utility/Industrial clients worldwide. ZAPATA provides comprehensive A-E design, design-build RFP development, and construction management services for both new construction and renovations/repairs of existing facilities and infrastructure. Other specialties include general facility designs, studies, and assessments; cost engineering and estimating; facility commissioning; AT/FP, engineering forensics, security consulting and design services; and cybersecurity for complex heavy industrial and high-security facilities. At ZAPATA, we earn our clients’ Trust by conducting our business with Integrity and providing Quality services every day.

Thank you to all of our Members, Sustaining Members and Student Members for helping support SAME JAX!






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