Talks & Lectures
25 Sep 2019
Altorfer 501

Stronger and More Resilient Infrastructure to Address the Effects of Climate Change

Hugo Neu Corporation Sustainability Seminar Series

Attendance is free but seating is limited to 30 people, so please RSVP to Dr. Sarkar at [email protected]

Michael Tumulty
H2M Architects and Engineers

Shrinking ice sheets at the poles and recent storms make it apparent that the impacts of climate change are profoundly affecting us, including the way we view and develop our infrastructure along our waterways and coastlines. This presentation will discuss design considerations for protection of critical infrastructure, including design for extreme rainfall events and tidal surges; types of storms; and the probability of different flood levels in setting design criteria for infrastructure projects. With a myriad of climate change and storm event information and analysis, what options are available for protection of our infrastructure? What flood levels should we use for design of our infrastructure systems? Changing predictions for sea level rise make these questions even more difficult to answer. The presentation will also explore examples of how different public agencies are preparing for the storms that will accompany climate change.

Tumulty is Vice President and Resiliency Leader for the design firm of H2M architects + engineers. He specializes in planning and design for resiliency in infrastructure to address climate change. His experience in coastal engineering includes computer modeling of storm surges for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He has provided investigations and design of shorefront structures in the United States and overseas. Currently, he is managing the planning and design of flood protection systems for several large NYC public housing projects. His previous experience included project management for flood resiliency projects that protect New York’s Penn Station and the largest rail yard in the world, Coney Island Yard Complex. He holds an M.S. in environmental engineering from Stony Brook University and a B.S. in engineering, concentrating in coastal engineering, from Hofstra University.

For more information, please contact Dr. Dibs Sarkar at [email protected] For those who are unable to attend in person, the seminar will be live webcast via Stevens WebCampus and Blackboard Collaborate.

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