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2017 Tulane Engineering Forum – Friday, April 21, 2017
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans
Second Floor, Rooms 235-257
Above sections D and E

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Morning Plenary

Expert Panel Discussing US Energy Independence

2017 Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040 Somnath Sinha, PhD, Energy & Technology Advisor, Corporate Strategic Planning, ExxonMobil Corporation View Presentation »

The Role Of Nuclear Energy In Clean Reliable Electricity Peter Lyons, PhD, (retired) U.S. DOE Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy; Commissioner - U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Science Advisor - U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee View Presentation »


Status of Petrochemical Expansions on the Gulf CoastEric Smith, BChE, MBA, Associate Director, Tulane Energy Institute, Professor of PracticeView Presentation »

Mary Landrieu, Former US SenatorView Presentation »

Morning Concurrent Session Presentations

Session A: Local and Regional Infrastructure Projects

Urban Infrastructure Upgrades - Challenge of Living with Water Joe Becker, General Superintendent, Sewerage and Water Board

Things are Not Always What They Appear - ENR Project of the Year 2015/2016Henry R. Seawell III, PE, Chairman/Principal, Thompson Engineering, Inc. View Presentation »

Design and Construction of the World’s Longest Floating BridgeDave Becher, SR 520 Program Director of Construction, Washington State Department of Transportation View Presentation »


Session B: Energy & the Environment

Solar – The National Landscape and What’s Going on in Your BackyardAndrew Owens, Director, Regulatory Research, Entergy Services, Inc.View Presentation »

Current Work on Nuclear Hybrid Energy SystemsDaniel Curtis, Research Assistant, MIT Nuclear Science & Engineering, Secretary of the Board, Generation AtomicView Presentation »

Energy StorageCarlos Gonzales, Director, Grid Engineering Solutions, SolarCity /Tesla, Inc.

Session C: Aerospace - Powering The Mars Vision

Power Sources for a Mars Base CampRyan Dardar, PE, Lockheed Martin Space Systems View Presentation »

Powering the Future of Space ExplorationDavid Rigby, Launch and Re-Entry Space Vehicles Flight Engineering Capability Leader, The Boeing Company

New Orleans and Michoud - Powering Deep Space ExplorationPatrick Whipps, SLS Resident Manager/Michoud Assembly Facility, NASA View Presentation »


Session D: Wetlands

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council: Planning, Projects, and Funding for Coastal RestorationAlyssa Dausman, PhD, Science Director, Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Restore Council) View Presentation »

Measurements of Subsidence in New Orleans and the Mississippi River Delta Using Radar Interferometry (InSAR)Cathleen Jones, PhD, Radar Scientist, NASA-Jet Propulsion LaboratoryView Presentation »

Louisiana’s 2017 Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable CoastBren Haase, Chief - Planning and Research Division, LA Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA)View Presentation »


Battery Technology for Mass Adoption of Electric Vehicles and Renewable Energy Mohit Singh, PhD, Chief Development Officer, Quantumscape Corporation

Afternoon Concurrent Session Presentations

Session E: National Infrastructure Projects

The Dulles Corridor Metrorail ProjectKeith Couch, DBIA, Senior Vice President, Virginia Class A Contractor, Clark Construction Group LLC View Presentation »

Engineering Innovations for the New Mercedes Benz StadiumErleen Hatfield, SE, AIA, LEED AP, Partner, BuroHappold Engineering

National Museum of African American History and Culture: A Structural PerspectiveGraham Seward, PE, LEED AP, Senior Engineer, SilmanView Presentation »


Session F: Energy Sourcing

Fully Utilizing the Solar Resource - Hybrid Solar Systems for Process Heat and ElectricityMatthew D. Escarra, PhD, Assistant Professor, Tulane Department of Physics & Engineering Physics View Presentation »

Repowering New Orleans, a New Approach to a Historic CityRick Torres, Senior Manager, Transmission Project Management and Construction, Entergy Corporation View Presentation »

High Temperature Superconductors Near - Term Power ApplicationsYifei Zhang, PhD, Senior Product Engineer, SuperPower, Inc. View Presentation »

Session G: Overcoming Current Market Challenges in Gulf of Mexico Oil & Gas

Preparing for the Unexpected; Lessons from DecommissioningDrew Hunger, VP of Strategic Business Development, Morrison Well Services View Presentation »

Big Bend, Dantzler and Gunflint - Program Approach to Long Deepwater Subsea TiebacksJames Wiseman, Deepwater Project Manager, Noble Energy Major Projects GroupView Presentation »

Improving Deepwater Project Economics Using StandardizationRichard Fowler, Vice President - Deepwater Projects, LLOG Exploration CompanyView Presentation »


Session H: Flood Protection/Levees

August 2016 Louisiana FloodAlek Krautmann, National Weather Service, New Orleans/Baton Rouge, National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA)View Presentation »

CPRA's Flood Risk and Resilience Program Andrea Galinski, CFM, ASLA, Coastal Resource Scientist, Louisiana Coastal Protection Restoration Authority (CPRA)View Presentation »

Community Conversations on CPRA’s Flood Risk and ResilienceSimone Maloz, Executive Director, Restore or Retreat, Inc. View Presentation »

Closing Session

Engineering Ethics: Crossing the LineJohn H. “Jack” Grubbs, PhD, PE Brigadier General (Ret.), U.S. Army, Author and Consultant View Presentation »