TISP Past CIS Presentations

Monday, April 20, 2015

8:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Opening Workshop | White Oak

 National Security and Disaster Resilience: Innovating Our Academic Curricula for a Unity of Effort

10:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Networking Break | Sponsor and Exhibitor Epicenter

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Working Lunch | White Oak

  • International Resilience Collaboration Forum
  • Welcome
  • State of the Infrastructure-2015
  • Discussion:  International  Resilience Collaboration


1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions I

Tech Session 1A: Risk and Resilience Assessment Tools for Communities

Moderator: Lisa Barr, Office of Infrastructure Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland  Security


  • Joshua Sinai, Ph.D., Resilient Corp.

A Model to Assess a Nation’s Resilience “Worthiness”

  • David Flanigan, Ph.D., and Steven Taylor, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University                                                                                                                             

Emergency Management Resiliency Assessment

  • Waheed Uddin, Center for Advanced Infrastructure Technology, University of Mississippi

Extreme Flood Simulations to Assess Inundation Impacts and Structural Integrity of Transportation 

Infrastructure Assets                                                                                                       

  • Timothy Beach, Weidlinger Assoc. Inc.

Physical Security Methodology For Cost Savings and Increased  Resiliency


Tech Session 1B: Demands of Critical  Infrastructure

Moderator: Stanley P. Rader, D.E., P.E., U.S. Air Force Academy


  • Cameron Fierro, Brett Fabian, Cody Locke, Drew McAuligg, Dustin Rivich and Issac Rydman, Cadets, U.S. Air Force Academy

Battle for the Bridges: Alternative Methods for Fighting Bridge Deck Deterioration

  • Lawrence H. Roth, P.E., G.E., ARCADIS U.S. Inc. and former Chair of TISP

Critical Infrastructure in the California Delta

  • Christopher A. Wilson, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Seth W. Miller-Gabriel, Tetra Tech

Rethinking Our Approach to Protecting Coastal Communities from Sea Level Rise

  • Frédéric Petit, Ph.D., ABCP, Argonne National Laboratory

Critical Infrastructure Dependency and Interdependency  Assessment


Tech Session 1C: Systems  Resilience

Moderator: Paula Scalingi, Ph.D., Bay Area Center for Regional Disaster Resilience


  • Olufolajimi Oke, Department of Civil Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Solving the Crude on Rail Problem using an Equilibrium Model of the U.S. Crude Oil Market

  • George Huff, ACP Corporate Board of Directors                                                                                                                    

Update on ISO Standards for Supply Chain Continuity

  • Kevin Clement, Office of Homeland Security, Texas Department of Public Safety

Oil and Gas Supply Chain Resilience Workshop and Training


Tech Session 1D: Disaster  Management

Moderator: Joe Ballard, U.S. Air Force


  • Thomas Durham, Atkins                                                                                                                                                             

Incorporating Disaster Resiliency into Regional Logistics Planning: Southeast Virginia/Northeast North Carolina Regional Catastrophic Planning Project

  • Tom Reynolds, AECOM

Protection of Critical Facilities During a Natural Disaster

  • Sal DePrisco, Sensible Technical Solutions

Discovering Hidden Damages to Capital Assets and Infrastructure as a Result of Storm Surge Flooding: A Post Mortem

  • Eric B. Kretz, National Continuity Programs, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Continuity of Operations


3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions II

Tech Session 2A: Threat and Vulnerability

Moderator: Jin Kim, Strategic Operational Solutions  Inc.


  • Darin Liston, Marstel-Day                                                                                                                                                 

Preparing to Adapt: Envisioning Alternative Futures

  • Donald Mullikin, Ph.D.

Quantification of the Cyber Threat to Critical Infrastructure and Resulting Impact on Service Availability and Utility

  • Ricky Morgan, Metal Fatigue Solutions

Electrochemical Fatigue Sensor Technology for Deteriorating Civil Infrastructure Under Fatigue Threat

  • Fadi A. Karaa, Ph.D., Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, New Jersey Institute for Technology

Development of an Empirical Approach for Identifying and Mitigating Risk from Combined Flood Events: A Case Study in the Meadowlands


Tech Session 2B: Resilience of Lifeline  Infrastructures

Moderator: David Cooper, Office of Security Policy and  Industry  Engagement, Transportation Security Administration


  • Gary Gordon, P.E., Kal Krishnan Consulting Services and Richard R. Young, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State  University                                                                                                         

Railroad Network Redundancy: Operational Flexibility, Service Continuity, Hazmat Routing Protection

  • Maria E. Nieves-Melendez, Virginia Tech

Measuring the Resilience of a Ground Transportation System under Normal and Extreme Conditions

  • David L. Bergner, Monte Vista Assoc. LLC

Resilience, Response, and Recovery: The Role of Local Public Works Agencies in Critical Transportation Infrastructure Protection and Restoration

  • Maj. Vhance V. Valencia, Department of Systems Engineering and Management, Air Force Institute of Technology

Modeling Interdependent Infrastructures and Effecting of Aging Systems for use in Infrastructure Asset Management


Tech Session 2C: Regional and State Resilience Programs

Moderator: James Holloway, DC Water Authority


  • Nick Sleptzoff, Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program, National Integration Center,  Federal Emergency Management Agency

Results and Application of Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Initiatives

  • Yuko J. Nakanishi, Ph.D., and Pierre Auza, Nakanishi Research  and  Consulting LLC

Using Stakeholder Interviews to Identify System Functionality Metrics for Use in Resilience Measurement

  • Michael Collins, Argonne National Laboratories                                                                                               

Regional Requirements for Community Resilience


Tech Session 2D: Correlating Policy with Financing Resilience

Moderator: Christie R. Jones, George Mason University                                


  • David Kerner, The Tauri Group

Where to Invest for Resilience: Attributes for Assessing Resilience in a System

  • John Squerciati, P.E., CFM, Dewberry

           Development and Application of Federal Transit Administration’s Hazard Mitigation Cost Effectiveness

Tool and Recurrence Interval Calculator

  • Mathew Francis, P.E., Mohan Singh, P.E., and  Darcy Immerman, P.E., AECOM                                                                                                                                                          

New Initiatives in Critical Infrastructure Resilience            


  • Thomas Cellucci, Ph.D., Cellucci Assoc.  Inc.

Using Innovative, Commercialization-based Public- Private Partnerships to Spur Technology and Product Development - Creating Water Purification Systems for Disaster Response

5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Plenary (Poster) Discussion and Networking Reception:


  • R. Brec Wilshusen and Jeffrey P. Alvich

What Does “Day 3” After a Disaster Look Like?

  • Kenneth McAllister White, J.D., PSP, Ameristar Perimeter Security USA Inc.

A Holistic Approach to Effective Perimeter Security

  • Robert Katz, Holistic Security  Institute

A Tale of 3 Cities: Boston, West Texas, and Lac-Megantic A New Paradigm: Multi-Layered Call for Multi-Layered Preparedness

  • Mark Gembicki, Resilient Corp.

Resilience in a Data Driven World

  • Howard Love, WESCO-Government Engineering  

          Securing Information, Infrastructure, Assets and Perimeters in the new Cyber World

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

8:45 a.m.–10:15 a.m.

Breakout Sessions III

Tech Session 3A: Risk and Resilience Assessment Tools for Infrastructures

Moderator: Joe Manous, Ph.D., P.E., U.S. Army Corps of Engineers                                                                                                                                                                                                                            


  • Mark Gosselin, Ph.D., P.E., INTERA Inc.

Addressing Coastal Bridge Vulnerability to Hurricane Generated Storm Surge and Wave Loading

  • Thamer Al-Yaqoub, Ph.D., with Z. Sakka, I.   Assakkaf, J. Qazweeni, M. Taha and M. Al-Saffar, Energy and Building Research Center, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research

Structural Assessment and Reliability of Existing Buildings

  • David Alderson, Ph.D., Naval Postgraduate School

           Attack-Based Strategies for Assessing and Improving the Operational Resilience of Critical Infrastructure


Tech Session 3B: Human and Structural Factors of Building Resilience


Moderator: C. Ernest Edgar, ATKINS, Chair, TISP Board of Directors


  • Eve Hinman, P.E., and Aerik Carlton, Hinman Consulting Engineers

Best Practices in Building Resilience

  • Shalva Marjanishvili, DSc, P.E.,  S.E., Hinman Consulting Engineers                                                                                                                                                                                    

Resiliency of Long Span Bridges to Extreme Loads

  • Lt. Col. Steven D. Hart, Ph.D., P.E., USA (Ret.), Virginia Military Institute

Training Next Generation Faculty and Students to Address the Infrastructure Crisis

  • John E. Thomas, Ph.D., Student, Arizona State University

           A Model of Human Resilience for the Design and Operation of Engineered Systems


Tech Session 3C: Community Resilience

 Moderator: Greg Janiec, Director of Response and Recovery, Sovereign Consulting Inc.


  • Robert Solomon, P.E., National Fire Protection Association                  

A Trip Down Resiliency Road: Mapping NFPA Code and Standards for Application to Disaster Resilience

  • Laramie V. Potts, Ph.D., Surveying EngineeringTechnology, New Jersey Institute of Technology

            The Analytic Hierarchy Process in Post-Sandy Community Protection and Resiliency Improvement

Program in the Meadowlands

  • William A. Pratt, Missouri University of Science and Technology                                                                                                                                                                                

Increasing Internet Transmission Line Resiliency                                                                                                                

  • Lauren Zaffos, Towson University

A Novel Approach to Campus Pandemic Preparedness


Tech Session 3D: Integration of Cyber and Physical Security

Moderator: Howard Tsai, Industry Engagement and Resilience, Office of Cybersecurity and  Communications,

U.S. Department of Homeland  Security


  • Benga Erinle, Ultra Electronics, 3eTI

Implementing a Cyber Secured Industrial Control System for the U.S. Navy - A Case Study of Challenges and Outcomes

  • Phil Lacombe, Cyber Resilience Center, Secure Mission Solutions
  • Robert Katz, Holistic Security Institute

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Closing Plenary: Considering Risks when Planning Transport Routes for Oil and Gas Resources



Young Member Council Archives

Young Member Connections Past issues [PDF]:


Monthly Young Member Calls (Past)

10 Sep 15: Presentation, Minutes

9 July 15 Presentation, Minutes

Past PD Calls:

3 June 15: Maj Patrick Kolesiak & SMSgt David Dubyak -- "Engineers in Liberia"

25 Feb 14: Col Sal Nodjomian, USAF (Ret.), P.E., F.SAME -- "Engineering Leadership and Development"

29 May 14: COL Joe Manous, USA (Ret.), P.E., PhD & CAPT Alan Watt, USN (Ret.), P.E. -- "Engineering Ethics"

3 Sep 14: Lt Col Frank Mondo, USAFR, P.E. LEED AP BD+C -- "Sustainability -- A Leadership Perspective"

3 Dec 14: Mr. Nate Beard, P.E. -- "Geohazard Mitigation"

18 Mar 15: Col John Mogge, USAF (Ret.), R.A., PhD, CSIP -- "Career Visioning"

Young Member Council

Mission Statement

The mission of the SAME Young Members Council is to be an advocate for and engage young member support of SAME’s Strategic Plan through outreach, training, networking and recognition.

Download the Council Charter.

Council Leadership

  • Chair: Maj Matt Altman, USAF, P.E. - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Vice Chair: Ann Ewy, F.SAME, USACE - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Programs: Maj Erin Weatherly, USAF - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Mentoring & Recognition: Lt Col Michelle Gill, USAF -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Communication: Gia Huynh-Ba, P.E., Black & Veatch - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Conferences: Wendy Parker, Amec Foster Wheeler - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Secretary: Lindsey Maddox, P.E., Booz Allen Hamilton – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Credentialing Achievement Awards Program(application due date: October 9, 2015)

The SAME Young Member Council is continuing the Credentialing Achievement Awards Program (CAAP) to promote the professional development of SAME Young Members and NCO Members in support of the SAME Strategic Plan. The CAAP serves to fulfill an objective which is to provide financial support for professional development, education, and mentoring initiatives to benefit our SAME members.

SAME will reimburse a portion of exam sitting or registration fees for Young Members. The full program details and application are located on the here. 2015 Applications are due October 9.

For questions regarding the program, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

To download the new application form, click here [PDF].

Next YM Professional Development Call:
When: Wednesday, 7 Oct 15, 1100-1200 EST
Topic: Escape Velocity - What You Didn’t Learn in School, Is What You Need to Advance In Your Career
PresenterChristian Knutson, P.E., PMP

Description: Find the full description here

Admin: To join the call, follow the registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8189343293153291777

Webinar ID: 116-773-755   United States: +1 (646) 307-1720   Access Code: 920-720-772

Professional Development Hours: The YM Council will award 1PDH for participation in this call.

If you have questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Past PD Calls

Ideas for a PD Call or interested in being a guest speaker?

We welcome your input and appreciate your help! Please contact our Programs Vice Chair, Erin Weatherly, or Assistant Programs Vice Chair, Madhu Karri, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Monthly Young Member Council Call

Please see below for a copy of the slides and minutes from our most recent Young Member Council Call.  

Presentation     Minutes

Additionally, please feel free to call in and join us for future meetings.  It’s the best way to get involved and learn about what’s going on throughout the society.  Monthly YMC calls will be held the second Thursday of each month at 1200 ET.  The call-in number will always be 212-812-2800 (code: 4648 6713).

The next call is scheduled for 8 Oct 2015.  

Mentoring & Recognition

Promoting and developing a strong and lasting mentoring bond between SAME Fellows, Members, and Young Members is a focus of the Young Member activities.  We hope that you’re making a strong effort at your Post to link YMs and Fellows at events.  Let us know how you’re doing it and if you’re not, please send Lt Col Michelle Gill an email for ideas at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Be sure to take the time to nominate your YMs for the Tudor and the Sverdrup Medal awards through your Post’s Board of Direction. 

A civilian Young Member can receive the Tudor Medal for the most outstanding contribution to engineering design, construction, research, development, or planning. A uniformed Young Member can receive the Sverdrup for the most outstanding contribution to engineering, the military service, SAME, or the nation. Young Members are also eligible to receive other society awards.  Deadlines for nominations are typically the end of January. View the Award & Recognition Committee webpage for more information.  We are also always looking for a Post and YM to highlight in our bi-monthly newsletter. Please email Lt Col Michelle Gill, Vice Chair, YM Council Mentoring & Recognition, if there’s a Post or someone you’d like to see lauded for their efforts in the Society.


YM Connections October 2015Communications is a vital resource we need to develop. With your active participation, YMs will have the opportunity to share their SAME and professional experiences, receive advance notice on YM activities and events taking shape throughout SAME, and spotlight your most accomplished YMs and YM programs. We look forward to meeting and working with you! We use several avenues to deliver this information to you. You can find us on LinkedIn as a subgroup to the SAME group.  Take some time to engage in the discussions or start one of your own!  If you’re a YM, you should be receiving our bi-monthly newsletter. If you’re not receiving it, be sure your email is correct on your profile and contact Chair or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Vice Chair of Communication, or the Assistant Vice Chair, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Archived Young Member Connections


YM Connections-October 2015



  • Young Member LinkedIn Subgroup
  • 21 Delta Search operated by SAME Member Edward C. Gibson, provides professional job transition assistance and nonprofit networking for engineers. Contact Gibson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-780-6037. 
  • The Retired Officers Association is a great source for job placement, resume reviews, and resources.
  • JobHuntersBible.com is a site by Richard Nelson Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute?: A Job-hunter's Guide. The site is designed as a supplement to the book.
  • Keirsey Temperament Sorter, a personality test that scores results with the same codes as the Myers-Briggs. Take the test and find out more about yourself.
  • Working on the Resume? Career lab has a wide range of career oriented services, including cover letters, self assessment, etc.
  • Working on the Resume? Mr. Nicholas Lore from the Rockport Institute offers a comprehensive guide of resume writing.
  • The Young Member’s Post Programs Guide gives Posts ideas on how to run successful Young Member programs and events.  If you have any ideas for the improvement of this document, please contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Vice Chair, YM Council Programs.

If you have any Resources suggestions or comments, please send an email to Matt Altman, Chair or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Vice Chair,YM Council.

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TISP Council



2016 Critical Infrastructure Symposium (CIS)

Resilience:  An Infrastructure, Social and Economic Imperative 

April 3-5, 2016

The Marriott

Charleston, South Carolina

CLICK HERE for the 2016 CIS Call for Papers!!


2015 Critical Infrastructure Symposium Proceedings are now available...

Click HERE for these past presentations!


Transportation Resiliency in Arizona - The Infrastructure Security Partnership
Friday, February 26, 2016
07:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.(MST)
Tempe, AZ

Watch for more details in the future .... 


The Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP) Council facilitates public and private sector collaboration that advances the practice and policies of regional and infrastructure security and resilience.  Our vision is secure and resilient infrastructure that supports the nation’s economy and well-being of its people.

TISP gathers agencies, companies, associations and individuals sharing a common interest in increasing the capacity of our infrastructure to absorb or mitigate the impact of hazard events while maintaining and restoring critical services. As an SAME council with a commitment to advancing the practice and policies of regional and infrastructure resilience, TISP provides three primary functions:

  • Dialogue and Discovery. In physical and virtual social functions, TISP convenes its partners with overlapping interests to collaborate and coordinate. Typically, conversations reveal opportunities to build consensus, address problems needing attention and uncover potential solutions.
  • Relationships and Information Exchange. TISP activities include networking events, quarterly forums and conferences—such as the Critical Infrastructure Symposium (CIS), held annually in April—that bring together academia and experts to showcase the latest developments in regional and infrastructure resilience.
  • Transfer Knowledge and Education. One of the most important functions of the partnership is to develop resources that educate individuals on how to be more resilient and provide tools for implementing resilience strategies and programs, notably the 2011 edition of the Regional Disaster Resilience Guide.

By fostering an environment of cooperation before a disaster hits and building essential, strategic partnerships with federal, state and local governments, large and small companies, associations, academic institutions and individuals, our nation can work together in developing resilient regions and infrastructure. This type of infrastructure is necessary to ensure a strong national economy and the well-being of our citizens and visitors.

History of TISP
Working Groups


In a rapid response to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, federal and state agencies, corporations and professional societies met to discuss how they could collaborate and coordinate to improve the security of the built environment of the United States. In a unanimous conclusion to their meeting, The Infrastructure Security Partnership (TISP) was established as a non-profit partnership to facilitate a forum for advancing practice and policy for the protection of our nation’s critical infrastructure. On Nov. 20, 2001, Lt. Gen. Robert B. Flowers, Commanding General and Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, signed the Organizational Charter drafted by the partnership’s steering committee consisting of representatives from the American Institute of Architects, the Society of American Military Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Council of Engineering Companies, the Associated General Contractors of America, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Facilities Council, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.
TISP exhibited tremendous leadership capabilities early by convincing government officials to include natural hazards—such as hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, fire, tsunamis and aging deterioration—when considering how best to protect critical infrastructure from destruction and disruption. It also showed great leadership by introducing guidance and recommendations to protect our national transportation systems, air, land and seaports, and dam and levee systems. Among TISP’s most critical achievements is the publication of the 2006 and 2011 editions of the Regional Disaster Resilience Guide, which have been used by federal agencies such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Commerce and the Federal Emergency Management Agency; as well as by states such as Maryland and Washington; by numerous cities and towns; and by regional partnerships such as the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) and Great Lakes Hazards Coalition (GLHC). TISP pledges to lead public-and private-sector collaboration that advances the practice and policies of regional and infrastructure resilience to sustain the nation’s resources and the country’s ability to efficiently restore infrastructure when disrupted by any hazard.
TISP membership includes local, regional, state, federal and foreign agencies; professional associations and industry trade groups; engineering, architecture and construction firms; codes and standards organizations; educational institutions and universities; planners and economic developers; infrastructure owners and operators; manufacturers; and service providers, whose collective purpose is related to the security and resiliency of the nation’s built environment. All told, TISP represents nearly two million individuals and firms involved in the planning, design, construction and operation of infrastructure.
To learn more about TISP, please click here: TISP FACT SHEET


Executive Leaders
Chair of the Board: C. Ernest Edgar IV, ATKINS
First-Vice Chair: Paula L. Scalingi, Ph.D., Bay Area Center for Regional Disaster Resilience
Vice Chair: Vacant
Vice Chair: Dennis R. Schrader, Maryland Department of Transportation
Secretary:  Jacqueline Barrett, TISP (non-voting)

Cherrie M. Black, Idaho National Laboratories
Jerry Brashear, Ph.D., The Brashear Group, LLC
Karen Durham-Aguilera, P.E., SES, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
LTC Steven D. Hart, Ph.D., P.E., USA (Ret.), VMI & Hart Engineering
James Holloway, D.C. Water Authority
Denise Rucker Krepp, The Pennsylvania State University
CAPT Jay Manik, P.E., F.SAME, USCG (Ret.), CDM Smith
Cooper Martin, National League of Cities
BG Michael C. McDaniel, Michigan National Guard & Great Lakes Hazards Coalition
Kevin Morley, Ph.D., American Water Works Association
John Paczkowski, ICF International
Russ Paulsen, American Red Cross
Col Robert B. Stephan, USAF (Ret.), CRA Inc.
Past Chairs of TISP:
2009-2012  Albert Romano, ATCS
2006-2009  Edward J. Hecker, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
2005-2006  James E. Hill, National Institute of Standards and Technology
2004-2005  James W. Wright, Ph.D., P.E., Naval Facilities Engineering Command
2003-2004  Lawrence H. Roth, P.E., American Society of Civil Engineers
2002-2003  Ralph W. Johnson, P.E., Associated General Contractors of America
2001-2002  Dwight A. Beranek, P.E., U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Currently, TISP is seeking dedicated, motivated individuals to serve on various TISP working groups (former TISP committees). Members and partners may designate one individual for each committee. Please contact Jacqueline Barrett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   if you are interested in participating on a TISP Working Group. The Executive Leadership Committee is limited to TISP dues-paying members only.


Chair for Regional Resilience: Edward J. Hecker, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Chair for Infrastructure Resilience: Mohan Singh, P.E., AECOM
 - Vice Chair for Knowledge Transfer: Joe Manous, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
 - Vice Chair for Operational and Functional Resilience: Cherrie Black, Idaho National Laboratory
 - Vice Chair for Resilience Partnerships: Kerry Thomas, ABS Consulting

TISP maintains a unique position as a national leader in regional and infrastructure resilience with a diverse knowledge base and membership of organizations representing businesses and infrastructure owners; local, state and federal agencies; as well as academic institutions and not-for-profit professional societies. The Regional and Infrastructure Resilience Committee brings leaders and experts together to perform as a national asset facilitating dialogue on security and resilience, including public policy and technical solutions. The committee is responsible for the activities to achieve TISP Strategic Goal 1.

*The former Infrastructure Standards and Measuring Resilience Working Group (ISMRWG) was merged into the RIRWG.*



Chair: Dr. Paula Scalingi, Bay Area Center for Regional Disaster Resilience
Vice Chair: Bonnie Butlin, Canadian Security Partners' Forum
*Formerly the TISP Committee for Emergency Preparedness*

TISP's mission includes providing leadership in national public and private sector collaboration for advancing the practices and policies of regional and infrastructure security and resilience. The Public-Private Collaboration Committee seeks strategic partnerships and relationships to integrate new ideas on the topics of security and resilience from a broad range of stakeholders. The committee collaborates on issues and leverages the collective technical expertise and research and development capabilities of the TISP membership - covering all areas, including planning, design and construction. The committee is responsible for the activities to achieve TISP Strategic Goal 2.
2014 Emergency Preparedness and Infrastructure Resilience Streamer RESULTS Form

2015 Emergency Preparedness and Infrastructure Resilience Streamer Submission Form

TISP Recommended Training Courses (Required Element #2)


Co-Chairs:  Steven Hart, VMI and Ronald Welch, The Citadel

The Knowledge, Skills and Education Committee is concerned with the teaching, training and research of what makes our regions and infrastructure secure and resilient to all forms of hazards and threats. The committee will explore how to implement Full Spectrum Resilience so that physical, socio-cultural, financial and natural systems can best adapt in order to function at all times. The committee also will raise awareness and promote a common understanding among stakeholders of the importance of disaster resilience education and training. The committee is responsible for the activities to achieve TISP Strategic Goal 3.

2015 KSEC Monthly Call Schedule

Updated 05/14/2015
Generally 2nd Wednesday of the month

January 21 April 8 July 8 October 14
February 25 May 13 August 12 November 18
March 11 June 10 September 9 December 9



Please contact Jacqueline Barrett, TISP Program Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   if you have any questions or need additional information.

Small Business Council

Small Business Connection Semptember 2015

  Small Business Connection
  September 2015

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Small businesses are more important than ever!

Small business firms contribute approximately 80 percent of our nation’s job growth. Our entrepreneurial approach fosters innovation, drive and success. Often considered “renegades,” we are an invaluable asset to our nation’s economy and the military mission.

The SAME Small Business Council is committed to keeping SAME Members informed with the most up–to–date information from the world of small business. We regularly send out an electronic newsletter to help you stay ahead of the latest trends and take advantage of current developments in growth and partnerships.

If you are interested in getting more information about Small Business Council activities, or in serving on the SAME Small Business Council, please send an e-mail with your contact info to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Upcoming Webinar:

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Develop Powerful Relationships that Improve Your Business
Thursday, December 3, 2015
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EST
1.5 PDHs


The Small Business Council's mission is to promote the role and relevance of small business in SAME through outreach, training, opportunity and recognition.

The Small Business Council was established in 2001 by a group of SAME small business firm members who identified a specific need. The council works to:

  • Inform SAME of technical programs of interest to small business members
  • Provide opportunities to meet with key military decision makers
  • Represent small business interests on select SAME national committees
  • Keep members informed on small business regulations and legislation
  • Provide opportunities to highlight small business success stories and lessons learned
  • Recognize and reward small business firms through the Gen. Robert Flowers Small Business Award

As a result of our efforts, the council’s accomplishments include:

  • Advocating small business technical tracks at the annual SAME Joint Engineer Education and Training Conference & Expo
  • Providing a small business networking booth at the SAME Joint Engineer Education and Training Conference & Expo for firms and procurement specialists to meet and talk
  • Recognizing local Posts for their contribution to and support of small business firms
  • Providing insight and recommendations for overcoming bonding and insurance constraints through participation in bonding and insurance roundtables
  • Increasing the number of articles in The Military Engineer written by small business firms
  • Supporting and partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at its annual Small Business Conference
  • Notifying members of legislative changes that may impact their businesses
  • Advocating partnerships with other professional organizations, fostering additional forums for training for member firms
  • Increasing participation by small business firms at the local and national level through the addition of Post Small Business Liaison officers at every Post.

The Small Business Council welcomes your participation. We look forward to hearing about how we may continue to support the professional development and success of your small business firm. We encourage you to get involved!


Clarence McAllister, P.E.
Chair, SAME Small Business Council
Fortis Networks
4108 E Air Ln
Phoenix, AZ 85034
(office) 602-242-4646
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Helpful Resources

Small Business Council Newsletter

Click on the links below for the latest editions of Small Business Connections, the SAME Small Business Council Newsletter in PDF Format.

Small Business Council Meeting Minutes [PDF format]


SAME Councils focus on the issues and needs of major segments within the SAME membership. Currently, SAME has two Councils:

These groups bring together leaders at different levels of their careers to explore the many facets of their profession.

Participation on an SAME Council is one of the best ways to gain leadership skills and learn first-hand emerging trends and issues facing the A/E/C, facility management and environmental industry. 

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