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Future of military engineering innovation for resilience

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Join USGBC Middle Atlantic New England region + SAME NYC Post for this special webinar.

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USGBC's Middle Atlantic and New England regions have collaborated with the NYC Post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) to bring you a variety of monthly webinars in 2021, held the second Wednesday of the months of January, February, March, April, May, and the THIRD Wednesday in June 2021.

The fifth installment is on May 12, 2021:

Future of military engineering innovation for resilience

CEUS: Will provide Professional Engineer continued education credits (CEUs / PDHs), approved for 1.5 GBCI CEs. Attendees are welcome to self-report this session to their accrediting body for continuing education.


The USACE North Atlantic Division (NAD) Commander and the New York District Commander will provide on over view of the US Army Corps of Engineers. The discussion will include specific highlights of military engineering as it relates to resilience as well as a discussion on engineering of the future (and present) and how it is building American resilience (at the Division level, specific to the North Atlantic Division). The NY District will highlight project implementation at the district and programs for resiliency USACE has funded, and those projects that have been authorized to put in place (beach replenishment, jetties, etc.). Additional points planned for the discussion include the timeline and some refinement to the Civil Works (CW) project implementation process, as well as authorization/appropriation concepts.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will gain insights into how USACE operates around the globe and is integral in our National Security Strategy, National Military Strategy, and enhancing our economy.
  2. Participants will be made aware of a wide array of Engineering efforts. USACE is at the forefront of present execution and future activities through: Military/Civil Works, Regulatory, Environmental, Contingency and Coastal resilience.
  3. Through discussion, participants will learn about the USACE Principles of Resilience for Civil Works. Additionally, with specific examples, how it utilizes innovation and adapts to field driven solutions.
  4. Participants will learn about the Civil Works project implementation process. What the difference is between authorizations and appropriations. How investigations, feasibility studies and construction meld to a timeline, and how operations and maintenance are incorporated.


Brigadier General Tickner and Colonel Matthew W. Luzzatto

Registration: A nominal fee is being charged per each session to support the CEU administration: $10 for USGBC and SAME members; $15 for general public.

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Speaker Bios:

BG Tickner:

The North Atlantic Division is one of nine regions providing engineering and construction services to the nation. It is the Corps’ headquarters for the Northeastern United States, Europe, and Africa, with offices in Concord, Mass., New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Norfolk, Va., and Wiesbaden, Germany. As Division Commander, Brigadier General Tickner oversees an annual program of more than $5 billion to plan, design and construct projects to support the military, protect America’s water resources, mitigate risk from disasters, and restore and enhance the environment. He is also responsible for a variety of Division engineering and construction activities for international, federal, state and local governments and agencies in more than a dozen Northeastern states as well as overseas.

Prior to assuming command of the North Atlantic Division, Brigadier General Tickner served as the commanding general of the Pacific Ocean Division (POD), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Shafter, Hawaii. Brigadier General Tickner has served in a variety of tactical, operational, and strategic assignments spanning a period of 27 years.

Brigadier General Tickner is a native of Wayne, Pa. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1990, his Masters of Civil Engineering Degree from University of Colorado at Boulder in 1999, and a Masters of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Eisenhower School, National Defense University in 2013. He is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Brigadier General Tickner is a graduate of the Airborne, Air Assault, and Ranger courses. He is a certified Project Management Professional.

Among his military awards and decorations are the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, the Engineer Silver de Fleury Medal, Combat Action Badge, and Army Staff Identification Badge.

COL Luzzatto:

Colonel Matthew W. Luzzatto assumed command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, on June 25, 2020. He is responsible for the Corps’ water resource development, navigation, and regulatory activities in northeastern New Jersey, eastern and south-central New York State, including the New York Harbor and Long Island, as well as areas of Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Colonel Luzzatto oversees the design and construction at U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force installations in New Jersey, New York, and Greenland. Colonel Luzzatto holds the title of Supervisor of the New York Harbor.

He previously served as Deputy Director for the Army Strategic Leader Education Program at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., where he facilitated executive level education for the Army’s General Officer Corps. Colonel Luzzatto also served as Executive Officer for the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works where he managed the efforts of the senior Pentagon staff responsible for the Trump Administration’s oversight and direction of U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s $20 billion plus civil works and disaster supplemental efforts across the Nation.

From July 2015 to July 2017 he commanded the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Charleston District, Charleston, S.C. where he oversaw the planning, coordination, and execution of an annual Military Construction and Civil Works Program valued at over $300 million. Under his command, the Charleston District completed the Project Partnership Agreement and design for the $500 million Charleston Harbor Deepening Project while simultaneously responding to the catastrophic effects of South Carolina’s “1000 year flood” in 2015 and the impacts of Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

In 2012 he served as the Chief of Host Nation Funded Construction for U.S. Forces Japan, Yokota Air Base where he managed the bilateral coordination and negotiation of $1.5 billion annually in Government of Japan construction support to U.S. Forces stationed throughout Japan.

Colonel Luzzatto received his commission as an Engineer Officer in 1997, after graduating with honors from the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

His civilian education includes a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. and a Master’s Degree in Construction Management from Colorado State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer with the State of Colorado, and is a certified Project Management Professional.

His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, five Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, Kosovo Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, NATO Kosovo Medal, Parachutist Badge, and the Sapper Tab.

Colonel Luzzatto is from Milton, Vt. He and his wife Shannon have been married nearly 23 years and have four teenage sons.

The sessions in this series are:

• January 13, 2021: Risk Reducing Strategies for Schools: Post-COVID-19

• February 10, 2021: Economic impact of sea level rise and storm surge in the tri-state region and consequences of “no-action” scenario

• March 10, 2021: NYC new resiliency code for flood mitigation

• April 14, 2021: Rating systems for resilient building design.

• May 12, 2021: Future of military engineering innovation for resilience.

• NEW DATE: June 16, 2021: The Science of Storm Surge Risk Reduction.

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