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:
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.
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
Chair of the Board: LTC C. Ernest Edgar, USA (Ret.), ATKINS
First-Vice Chair: Paula L. Scalingi, Ph.D., Bay Area Center for Regional Disaster Resilience
Vice Chair: Mark Steiner, American Council of Engineering Companies
Vice Chair: Dennis R. Schrader, Integrity Consulting Solutions
Secretary: William "Bill" Anderson, TISP (non-voting)
Treasurer: Kathleen Wilson, SAME (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
Barry Einsig, Cisco Systems
LTC Steven D. Hart, Ph.D., P.E., USA (Ret.), 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 committees. Members and part¬ners may designate one individual for each committee. Please complete the Committee Application Form online to become an active committee member. 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.
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
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.
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Chair: Eve Hinman, Eng. Sc.D., P.E., Hinman Consulting Engineers, Inc.
The Infrastructure Standards and Measuring Resilience Committee brings together leaders in design, construction and management of commercial, federal and institutional infrastructure (including facilities) to collaborate on a variety of safety, management and oversight concerns. These include: implementing safety, security, and sustainability measures; facilitating discussion of safety and security design criteria for new construction, repair, rehabilitation and modernization projects. The committee is responsible for the activities to achieve the TISP Strategic Goal 4.
2015 ISMRC Monthly Call Schedule
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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.
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.
Credentialing Achievement Awards Program (application due date: April 10 and October 9, 2015)
Greetings RVPs and Post Leaders!
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 support the cost by reimbursing Young and NCO Members for exam sitting or registration fees. The full program details and application are located on the here. 2015 Applications are due April 10 and October 9.
To download the new application form, click here [PDF].
Next YM Professional Development Call:
When: Wednesday, 3 Jun 15, 1100-1200 EST
Guest Speakers: : Maj Patrick Kolesiak & SMSgt David Dubyak
Topic: Engineers in Liberia
Description: We are honored to have two AF civil engineers join us to discuss their experiences in support of Operation United Assistance, the U.S. Africa Command mission to provide coordination of logistics, training, and engineering support to USAID in West Africa to contain the spread of the Ebola Virus.
Admin: To join the call, follow the link OR dial +1 212-812-2800 and enter 7530 3076.
Professional Development Hours: The YM Council will award 1PDH for participation in this call.
Future PD Calls:
2 Sep 15: YM New Business Round Table
Past PD Calls:
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"
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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.
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The Small Business Council's mission is to promote the role and relevance of small business in SAME through outreach, training, opportunity and recognition.
YOUR SMALL BUSINESS COUNCIL
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:
As a result of our efforts, the council’s accomplishments include:
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!
Gita Murthy, Ph.D.
Chair, SAME Small Business Council
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