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.
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.
Seebode oversees 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. He 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.
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.
Seebode served as Assistant Commissioner of 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 and
managing the cleanup of contaminated sites; managing the State of New Jersey’s
Brownfield’s Reuse Program, undertaking emergency activities related to
discharges of hazardous substances and wastes; managing solid and hazardous
waste permitting and planning; and reinvigorating recycling.
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
Seebode is a proud Jasper who earned Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from
Manhattan College after graduating from Seton Hall Prep. He has received numerous awards during his
career including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civilian of the Year Award, U.S.
Army Engineer De Fleury Medal for engineering excellence, Department of Army
Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service, Presidential Certificate of Merit for
lifesaving while on official duty, Department of Defense Environmental Engineer
of the Year Award, and the State of New Jersey's highest Heroism Award.
In 2014 Mr. Seebode
received the Department of the Army Meritorious Civilian Service Medal from the
Under Secretary of the Army for sustained leadership and excellence. In 2014,
Mr. Seebode was inducted into the Seton Hall Prep Athletic Hall of Fame. In
2015 Mr. Seebode was the recipient of the Distinguished Executive of the Year Award
from the New York Federal Executive Board.