Hurricanes, Tallest Building Highlight Tulane Engineering Forum

March 22, 2007

Michael Strecker
Phone: 504-865-5210

Hear first-hand accounts from the engineers who repaired the 1-10 Twin Spans, saved the Louisiana Superdome, are reconstructing New Orleans' levees and building the world's tallest skyscraper at the Tulane Engineering Forum May 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at New Orleans Hilton Riverside and Towers, 2 Poydras Street.

"Engineering in a Coastal Environment: Rebuilding and Protection" will examine the status of hurricane protection as well as the engineering efforts to repair and enhance New Orleans' infrastructure, landmarks, housing stock, emergency communications and wetlands. The forum will end with the session, "Engineering in a Disaster: Is Ethics Involved?"
The forum's luncheon speaker will be William F. Baker, a partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, lead engineers for Burj Dubai, the world's tallest building now under construction in the United Arab Emirates. Baker's presentation is the Biennial Catherine and Henry Boh Lecture.

Other featured speakers include Thomas Podany, chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Protection and Restoration Office; John Lopez, director of the Coastal Sustainability Program of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation; Thomas Jackson, president of the Southeastern Louisiana Flood Protection Authority, East; Edmond Russo, technical director and hydraulic engineer with the Army Engineer Research and Development Center and Richard Campanella, associate director of the Center for Bioenvironmental Research at Tulane.

Experts will also make presentations on post-Katrina infrastructure, wireless communication, housing, coastal/urban environments, new technologies, restoring the barrier islands, the West Bay sediment diversion project and the cypress restoration of Bayou Bienvenue.

Tulane President Scott Cowen and Nick Altiero, dean of the School of Science and Engineering at Tulane, will welcome participants. Registration for the conference is $200 for Tulane alumni and $225 for the general public if received before April 12. After April 12 fees are $225 for Tulane alumni and $250 for the general public.

Professional engineers can earn eight professional development hours by attending. For more information and to register please visit

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