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2018 Tulane Engineering Forum – Friday, April 20, 2018
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans
Second Floor, Rooms 244-257
and La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom

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Opening Session Welcome

Michael Herman, PhD, Interim Dean, Tulane School of Science and Engineering
L. T. Cooper, PE, 2018 TEF Chairman

Morning Plenary

Hurricane Harvey: Hurricane Protection/Storm Management Response

Chair: John Kelly III, PhD
Edmond J. Russo Jr., PhD, PE, Deputy District Engineer for Programs & Project Management, US Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District
Doug Schnoebelen, PhD, Associate Director, South Texas Program Office, U.S. Geological Survey Texas Water Science Center

Hurricane Harvey: The Storm that Wouldn’t LeaveKatie Landry-Guyton, Senior Service Hydrologist, National Weather Service - Houston/GalvestonView Presentation »


Harvey Recovery & Flood Resilience UpdateSteve Costello, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Houston
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K-12 Robotics Demonstrations, Science Projects and Student Research PostersChair: Michelle Hewlett Sanchez, PhD

Morning Concurrent Session Presentations

Session A: Infrastructure

Chairs: Ryan Burks, MSChE and VJ Gopu, PhD

Design and Construction of T-Mobile Arena (Las Vegas, NV)Gary A Storm, PE, LEED AP, Senior Principal, Thornton Tomasetti

Design Challenges of the Second Tallest Tower in the World / Shanghai TowerDennis C. K. Poon, PE, Vice Chairman, Thornton Tomasetti

Engineering the Future - The Tower at PNC PlazaJeremy Snyder, PE, LEED AP, Principal, BuroHappold Engineering


Session B: Cyber Security in the Energy Sector

Chairs: Don Vinci, MBA and Doug Chrisey, PhD

Managing Cyber Risk: Current Trends & Defensive Strategies for Protecting Critical InfrastructureJeffrey Gray, Deputy Chief, Control Systems Training Section, National Cybersecurity Training & Exercise Center of Excellence

Managing Risk in the Networked Information Environment: A Non-Expert's Perspectives on Enterprise CybersecurityMiriam E. John, PhD, Vice President Emerita, Sandia National LaboratoriesView Presentation »

Challenges in Securing the Connected GridGeorge Raesis, Director, IT Security Technology, EntergyView Presentation »

Session C: Oil and Gas

Chair: Tommy Meehan, MBA

Offshore Oil & Gas Exploration & ProductionOkite Obakponovwe, PhD, Materials & Corrosion Engineer, Upstream Deep Water Gulf of Mexico, Shell Exploration & Production CompanyView Presentation »

Shale Gas for Europe - the Dragon Roars to LifeShepard F. Perrin III, Business Manager, Polypropylene, INEOS Olefins & Polymers USAView Presentation »

New Technologies for Improved Engineering & Construction SolutionsJan Shumate, PE, Director, Worldwide Engineering and Construction Services & Solutions, Eastman Chemical


Session D: Water Management & Flood Protection

Chairs: Mead Allison, PhD and Douglas Meffert, PhD

Activities of the New NOAA National Water Center in AlabamaEdward Clark, PhD, Director, NOAA National Water Center

Drainage Issues in the Amite Basin: Lessons from the 2016 FloodBob W. Jacobsen, PE, President, Bob Jacobsen PE, LLCView Presentation »

Port Fourchon: Supporting the Working Coast InitiativeChett Chiasson, MPA, Executive Director, Greater Lafourche Port Commission


Chair: Ryan Burks, MSChE

Louis Armstrong International Airport North Terminal Project OverviewChris Bauer, LEED AP BD+C, Project Director, AECOM-HUNT

Afternoon Concurrent Session Presentations

Session E: Infrastructure

Chairs: Ryan Burks, MSChE and VJ Gopu, PhD

US 61 @ I-10 Ramp RepairAaron Elisar, PE, Area Engineer and Scott Lobell, PE, PLS, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

Application of FRP in Bridge Rehabilitation in the U.S.Mohsen Shahawy, PhD, PE, Principal and CEO, SDR Engineering Consultants, Inc.

Seabrook Bridge Structural RepairsGreg Taravella, PE, Supervisor Engineer and Jim Costigan, Engineer Intern, Modjeski and Masters, Inc.View Presentation »


Session F: USA Energy Fuel Market: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats

Chairs: John McGaha, Jr. and Daniel Shantz, PhD

Sourcing Electricity - The Changing Political LandscapeJane Sadowsky, Managing Partner, Gardener Advisory LLCView Presentation »

Sourcing Electricity – The Changing Landscape of Electric GenerationKimberly Fontan, MBA, CPA, Vice President, System Planning and Operations, Entergy Services

Global View of the Energy Markets: Opportunities, Barriers and ChallengesSharon Brown Hruska, PhD, Managing Director, National Economic Research AssociationView Presentation »

Session G: Aerospace

Chair: Eric Enright

Orion Project UpdatesJoe Arves, MSME, Certified Principal Engineer, NASA Crew and Service Module on Orion, Lockheed Martin Space

Space Launch System UpdateK. Renee Horton, PhD, SLS Weld/Metallic Engineer, NASA

GO1: A Modern Hypersonic Testbed E. Glenn Case IV, Director of Propulsion and Structures, Generation Orbit


Session H: Urban Green Infrastructure

Chairs: Douglas Meffert, PhD and Mead Allison, PhD

City of New Orleans' Green Infrastructure Program HighlightsMary E. Kincaid, PE, Green Infrastructure Program Manager, Department of Public Works, New Orleans City HallView Presentation »

Green Infrastructure Toolkit Tyler Antrup, CFM, Urban Water Program Manager, City of New OrleansView Presentation »

Myth Busting Green RoofsColleen Butler, PhD, Owner, Lotus Eco SystemsView Presentation »

Closing Session

Chair: L. T. Cooper, PE

Engineering EthicsNorma Jean Mattei, PhD, PE, FSEI, FASCE, 2017 ASCE President, American Society of Civil Engineers