Engineering the Coast in the Post-Katrina World

May 22, 2006

Michael Strecker
Phone: (504) 865-5210

As the 2006 Hurricane Season begins, nearly 50 national experts who make their living making life livable along the world's beautiful but volatile coasts will gather for the Tulane Engineering Forum, "Engineering in a Coastal Environment" June 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the New Orleans Hilton.

The forum, scheduled to take place in 2005 but postponed because of Hurricane Katrina, will begin with a session on engineer-centric hurricane forecasting, including preparedness for critical infrastructures and design and construction methods to mitigate hurricane damage. Other forum topics will include coastal erosion, the energy industry, balancing economic development and environmental protection, alternative fuels, port security, ethics and more.

Forum participants will hear the story behind the rehabilitation of the hurricane-ravaged I-10 twin spans from the engineers who made it possible; attend sessions on coastal restoration by leading professors and the U.S. Corps of Engineers; examine the challenges of designing hurricane-worthy oil and gas rigs from a major petroleum industry consultant; hear the latest on the Liquefied Natural Gas debate from industry experts; learn how Lockheed Martin Space Systems saved its New Orleans plant during Katrina and find out the role of the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve in these times of spiraling gas prices.

The forum will also include a session with the designers of the Kat-5, a driverless, autonomous vehicle that came in fourth in the U.S. Department of Defense's DARPA Grand Challenge in the Mojave Desert. Vehicles such as Kat-5 might play a critical role in the military of the future. Forum participants can earn seven professional development credit hours.

For a complete list of speakers and to register visit or call 504-529-3377.

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000