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AFIT faculty selected for inaugural national leadership development program
Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2019



Capt Brendan Maestas, an instructor within AFIT’s Civil Engineer School, was selected to participate in the inaugural class of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Leader Development Program (LDP). A total of 18 individuals from across SAME were chosen for this professional development program.

“I am honored to have been selected for this prestigious program, and am excited for this unique opportunity to learn from and engage with sister services an industry partners. I want to thank the members of our local Kittyhawk SAME post, many of whom are AFIT faculty, for their encouragement to apply and their continued support of my personal development and growth,” said Maestas.

Developed with support from the SAME Foundation, LDP identifies and cultivates talent from within SAME’s membership to address the nation’s grand challenges. The yearlong program supports the development of the next generation of world-class military, government, and industry leaders for the Society and our nation through a curriculum of hands-on training, study, and active engagement in new opportunities. Participants will explore individual strengths and team dynamics, and discover their potential personally and professionally.

Capt Maestas earned a B.S. in civil engineering from the United States Air Force Academy in 2012 and an M.S. in engineering management from AFIT in 2018 as a distinguished graduate. He served as the Officer-in-Charge, Project Programmer, and Deputy for Requirements and Optimization for the 5th Civil Engineer Squadron at Minot AFB, ND, and the Operations Flight Commander for the 455th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, Bagram AB, Afghanistan.

Founded in 1920, SAME leads collaborative efforts to identify and resolve national security infrastructure-related challenges. With a National Office in Alexandria, Va., and over 100 local Posts and Field Chapters around the world, the Society unites military, public, private and academic sector individuals and organizations from across the architecture, engineering, construction, environmental and facility management, cyber security, and contracting disciplines.