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San Juan Chapter Virtual Meeting: Feb 25th 2021


The San Juan Chapter is very excited to invite all the SAME Jax Post to a free webinar we are hosting on February 25, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., (eastern time) named: Puerto Rico's Waning Window to the Universe: Arecibo Observatory Radio Telescope History and Future. 

The Arecibo Observatory, also known as the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center (NAIC), was an observatory in Puerto Rico owned by the US National Science Foundation (NSF). The Observatory's primary instrument was the Arecibo Telescope; it was the world's largest single-aperture telescope for 53 years, 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, a couple of months before two cables that supported the receiver platform broke. The astronomy studies' big sad day was December 1, 2020, when the main telescope collapsed before controlled demolition could be conducted. Besides the radio-telescope, there is a LIDAR facility (commonly used to make high-resolution maps) and an educational visitor center. All of these areas are expected to remain operational after the damage to the main telescope. Our invited speakers participated in the Observatory's construction & administration. They will introduce us to the past, present & future of the Arecibo Observatory.

This is going to be the link to our webinar:

We hope to see you all there in this virtual presentation! 


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SAME JAX Updates and News

Save the Date: Wednesday Feb 24th 12:00pm

Speaker: Victoria Mechtly, RS&H Business Development

Topic: Why you need a personal brand and how to develop it

Description: In 2021, brand development is no longer an exclusive activity for companies. Studies have shown that individuals with a focused personal brand are actually seen as more personal and more memorable. To achieve this you have to create your brand, which is not about changing who you are, it’s about highlighting the aspects that make you who you are.

Join us for this presentation, which is given each year to SAME’s National Leadership Development Program class, as well as at the SAME Career Transition Workshop.  You will learn how to take what you already have, create a brand and utilizes it in your development to be a leader in the A/E/C industry.

Speaker bio:  Victoria Mechtly is an architecture, engineering and construction (A/E/C) business and marketing professional who specializes in client development, strategic messaging and imagery for business-critical marketing and communications efforts. For the past seven years, she has worked with her technical staff to create business development approaches and materials, and with principals to secure new clients and projects. Ms. Mechtly holds a degree in business management, marketing and sales, and brings a passion for helping others develop interpersonal skills. She works with technical professionals and marketing staff to improve communication, team collaboration and other soft skills that lead to successful careers. Ms. Mechtly serves as RS&H’s Aerospace Business Development Lead and SAME’s Chairwomen for the National Young Professionals Community of Interest.




Jan 2021 Defense Groups Meeting Summary

Thank you to Vice Adm. Mary Jackson (USN Ret) for being our guest speaker for this year's Defense Groups Leadership Event. Also a big congratulations to Elizabeth May, in addition to UNF and everyone involved in making our January meeting a great success. Our first hybrid event with over 50 in-person registrations and over 60 virtual registrations. 

Thank you again, to Siemens, for sponsoring this event and showcasing your Gas Insulated Switch technology. 

Please view the Picture Gallery by clicking below

You can download the slides by clicking below:


Young Member Opportunity! 

Join us online Wednesday, January 27th for a virtual lunch with Young Professionals (YPs) from SAME's South Central Region! Led by Panama City Post, leaders from SAME National, Regional, and local Posts will discuss what SAME can do for you as a YP (member under age 40). You'll get to hear from rising YPs about how SAME has influenced their careers.

You do not need to be a Panama City Post member to attend. This will be an informative session for all SAME members, potential members, and students interested in the A/E/C industry! Feel free to forward this invite to others who may be interested.

Registration is encouraged but not mandatory.


Meeting ID: 759 697 7387
Passcode: SAME_SC_YM

There is no cost for this event.


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