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Deputy District Engineer, Programs & Project Management

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Mr. Joseph J. Seebode is an Environmental Engineer with more than 30 years of experience in engineering program management, water resource engineering, environmental restoration and remediation, solid waste management, natural resource protection, watershed planning, emergency preparedness and response, and federal and state regulatory programs.

Mr. Seebode serves as the Deputy District Engineer and Chief of Programs and Project Management for the New York District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where he manages a diverse team of engineers and scientists in administering programs investing in military construction, civil works and regional infrastructure improvements.  

As Deputy District Engineer, Mr. Seebode oversees the New York District’s major Civil Works and Military Construction programs in New York, New Jersey and Greenland. He also oversees the New York District’s International, Interagency and Environmental Services Program, which is performing work for various partners including the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the City of New York.

His experience includes serving as Program Manager for the multi-billion dollar deepening of the Port of New York and New Jersey to 50 feet, and managing the development and execution of a comprehensive environmental restoration strategy for the New York/New Jersey Harbor Estuary. Mr. Seebode recently took on additional Program Management responsibilities and oversight of $3.2 billion to repair, restore and increase coastal resilience after the devastating impacts of Hurricane Sandy to the New York/New Jersey metropolitan region.

Mr. Seebode served as the Assistant Commissioner for Site Remediation and Waste Management at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection between 2003 and 2006. As Assistant Commissioner he oversaw a team of over 650 professionals engaged in a wide array of environmental engineering and science activities including evaluating contaminated sites; managing the cleanup of contaminated sites conducted by responsible parties and with public funds; managing the State of New Jersey’s Brownfield’s Reuse Program, implementing New Jersey’s Industrial Site Recovery Act and the Underground Storage of Hazardous Substances Act; undertaking emergency activities related to discharges of hazardous substances and wastes; managing solid and hazardous waste permitting and planning; reinvigorating recycling; and overseeing New Jersey’s program for permitting dredging and dredged material beneficial reuse sites.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Seebode managed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Program in the New York District and he was the official Corps liaison to the City of New York in the wake of the 9/11 World Trade Center tragedy where he provided technical guidance and expertise during emergency response and restoration activities.

Mr. Seebode earned Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Manhattan College after graduating from Seton Hall Prep. 

Mr. Seebode has received numerous awards including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civilian of the Year Award, the prestigious De Fleury Medal for engineering excellence, the Department of Army Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service, a Presidential Certificate of Merit for lifesaving while on official duty, the Department of Defense Environmental Engineer of the Year Award, and the State of New Jersey's highest Heroism Award. 

In March of 2014, Mr. Seebode was awarded the Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Medal from the Under Secretary of the Army for lifelong achievements in support of the Army and citizens of the United States.