Tulane Engineering Forum takes on big issues

April 1, 2014 10:00 AM

New Wave staff

Important engineering topics of the day, from robotics and energy to wetlands and flood protection, will be up for discussion when more than 500 industry professionals gather in downtown New Orleans on Friday (April 4) for the 14th annual Tulane Engineering Forum.

The sessions, sponsored by the Tulane School of Science and Engineering, will be held at the Morial Convention Center in the third-floor conference rooms above Halls I and J. This one-day conference will host more than 20 presentations prepared for professional engineers, scientists and technical managers.

The morning plenary will feature a discussion of the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) and the DARPA Robotics Challenge, by Kenneth Ford, co-founder and CEO of IHMC, with selected members of the IHMC robotics team. The nonprofit research institute is part of the Florida University System.

James J. Donelon, Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance, is the featured luncheon keynote speaker. Other speakers include John Barry, author of Rising Tide, who also served on the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority East, and Garrett Graves, former chair of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana.

Experts from around the country will share their knowledge through plenary sessions, panel presentations and concurrent sessions covering infrastructure, energy, oil and gas, chemical processing, wetlands, coastal restoration, levees and flood protection. Topics to be discussed include the status of protection measures for coastal Louisiana, advanced energy technologies, shale gas as the next round of global petrochemical expansion, and energy storage.

Among those leading discussions are Tulane faculty members Michael J. Blum, who is the Eugenie Schwartz Professor of River & Coastal Studies and director of the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research, and Douglas B. Chrisey, professor of physics and engineering physics, who holds the Jung Chair of Materials Engineering.

Registration costs are $250 for Tulane University alumni and $275 for the general public.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000 website@tulane.edu