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Resilience Panel Series: Engineering in the Emergency Response Cycle

  • 06 Dec 2022
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom Webinar


  • PDH certificates are not available for student registration.
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Resilience Panel Series

Hosted by the
SEAoNY Resilience Committee and the
SEAoNY SEER Committee

Engineering in the Emergency Response Cycle

DATE: December 6, 2022
TIME: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Zoom Webinar

We continue the SEAoNY Resilience Panel Series with a panel on engineering in the emergency response cycle. This panel is presented in collaboration with the SEAoNY Structural Engineering Emergency Response (SEER) Committee. This panel has a focus on design for stages of the emergency response cycle, following three panels focused on best practice design considerations for specific hazards. Our speakers focus on a few different vantage points -advance preparedness, emergency response during and in the immediate aftermath of a natural hazard event, and longer term restoration and recovery. Each will speak broadly on their focus within the resilience cycle, while also touching on how design choices enable success. 

This event is part of a series of resilience-focused panel events hosted by the SEAoNY Resilience Committee and SEAoNY SEER Committee. Stay tuned for upcoming events which will dive deeper into specific shocks and stresses  we face in NY and across the country.

Learning Objectives:

  • Preparedness – Joseph Sutkowi – Participants will gain understanding of the role that engineering and design can play in hazard mitigation.
  • Emergency Response – Tim Lynch, Mary Uher, and Alexander Stephani – Understand how professionals in the AEC industry, specifically structural engineers, can use their training as 2nd responders and participate in a local, state, or national level recovery after a natural disaster.

1 PDH offered

Registration Fees:
SEAoNY Members – Free
Non-Members – $15
Non-Member Student - $5


Joseph Sutkowi
Chief Waterfront Design Officer, Waterfront Alliance

Joseph Sutkowi, WEDG is the Chief Waterfront Design Officer at the Waterfront Alliance, leading the WEDG® (Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines) program. He brings experience in ports and waterfront operations, economic development policy, and infrastructure. Previously, Joseph was a senior consultant at Karp Strategies, a New York City-based urban planning and economic development consulting firm where he led projects in infrastructure and sustainability. Joseph spent seven years with the American Red Cross in disaster operations in Michigan. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan and a Master’s of Public Administration from New York University’s Wagner School.

Tim Lynch
Senior Vice President, Thornton Tomasetti

Tim Lynch is the former Chief Engineer of the Enforcement Unit for the New York City Department of Buildings, where he focused on forensic engineering, local law/compliance inspection, concrete structures, compromised buildings, and retaining walls. He is a New York licensed professional engineer with over thirty years of structural engineering experience. In this role Tim was an incident commander for construction fatalities, construction accidents and collapses, and other building failures. He was a responder and manager for building evaluations immediately after large weather and seismic events.

Mary Uher Director, FORTIFIED Field Services,  Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety

Mary is the Director of FORTIFIED Field Services at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, providing direct support to communities along the East Coast and in the Midwest as they build resilient homes and buildings. Mary previously served as the Regional Manager of the Field Staff for APA- The Engineered Wood Association and a consulting structural engineer working on commercial design projects and specializing in wood design. She earned her Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Nebraska and currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland.

Alexander Stephani, PE
Project Consultant, Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger Inc.

Alexander D. Stephani has worked at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH) for over 4 years and is a licensed PE in New York State. He is heavily involved in new design, investigation, and rehabilitation projects involving concrete, steel, and wood structures. He also performs specialized work related to evaluating flood hazards and designing structures to mitigate flood risk. Alexander is an active member of SEAoNY’s Structural Engineering Emergency Response and has participated in NYC DOB’s Continuity of Operations Program Exercise.

Registration ends  9:00 am, December 6, 2022

Interested in joining SEAoNY Resilience Committee?

The SEAoNY Resilience Committee seeks to provide a multidisciplinary collaboration platform to formulate recommendations and innovations to enhance resilience in the built environment. The committee’s goal is to educate the structural engineering community on resilience approaches to planning, design and construction through collective experiences in the multi-hazard urban environment.

To join SEAoNY RC, contact co-chairs Filippo Masetti ( or Adam Brooks (

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