2012 Tulane Engineering Forum School of Science and Engineering
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Zoom Live Streamed Sessions

2021 Tulane Engineering Forum

Friday, April 16, 2021   potential PDH earnings


9:00 - 9:20 Kimberly Foster, Dean, School of Science & Engineering
Michael A. Fitts, JD, President, Tulane University
David Gereighty, 2021 TEF Chairperson
.5 PDH


9:20 - 10:50 Chair: John Kelly III, PhD

Hurricanes Laura & Delta: Lessons Learned

Introduction by US Rep. Clay Higgins, La. 3rd District
Kevin Heise, Director, City of Lake Charles’ Wastewater Division
Josh Fontenot, Project Engineer at Manchac Consulting Group
Casey Tingle, Deputy Director, Chief of Staff, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
Willie Wilson, VP of Operations, System Storm Incident Commander, Entergy
Vic Landry, Operations Project Manager, US Army Corps of Engineers
1.5 PDH
10:50 - 11:00 10 minute break  
11:00 - 12:00

Sponsor Spotlight

Ampirical: The Nexus between Engineering and Software Innovation by Kevin Johnson, Director of Business Development
Laitram: A Company Overview by Michelle Donnelly, Recruiter
Bernhard: Ochsner – A Case Study by Ryan Corrigan, PE, CxA, CEM, Vice President of Strategy
.5 PDH
12:00 - 12:30 30 minute break - grab a snack for our lunchtime keynote  


12:30 - 1:30 Chair: Kimberly L. Foster, PhD, Dean, Tulane School of Science and Engineering

From Tulane to the Space Station:  Reflections on the Test Flight of the First SpaceX Crew Dragon

Douglas G. Hurley, Colonel, USMC, Ret., NASA Astronaut, Commander, NASA/Space X Demonstration Mission-2 (TU ’88, CE)

Overview of the U.S. – Israel Fossil Energy Center (GoMed Consortium)

Daniel Shantz, PhD, Professor, Dept. Chair, Entergy Chair in Clean Energy Engineering, Tulane SSE
1:30 - 1:45 15 minute break  
1:45 - 2:15

Student Capstone Projects

.5 PDH
2:15 - 2:20 5 minute break  
2:20 - 2:50

Student Capstone Projects

.5 PDH
2:50 - 3:00 10 minute break  


3:00 - 4:00 Chair: Tommy Meehan

Defining Your Leadership Operational Envelope Through Trust

Michael Kelly, Director of Sustainment Operations for Advanced Development Programs (Skunk Works©), Lockheed Martin Corporation
4:00- 4:05 5 minute break  

General Networking


5.5 PDH total for day-of live-streamed programming
50 mins are required for each Professional Development Hour

On-demand Sessions

2021 Tulane Engineering Forum

(Pre-recorded and available online, anytime, to all registrants through April 16, 2022)
Each individual presentation can provide .5 PDH

Session A: Infrastructure

Co-chairs: Dave Kanger and VJ Gopu

Chirajara Cable Stayed Collapse Investigation
Tom Murphy, PhD, PE, SE
Modjeski and Masters

FRP Applications in Infrastructure
Hota V. GangaRao, PhD, Wadsworth Distinguished Professor & Director for Center for Integration of Composites into Infrastructure, NSF-IUCRC
West Virginia University

Emerging Trends in Reinforced Concrete
Robert Kinchler, PE, Greater Southwestern Regional Manager
Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI)


Session E: Infrastructure 2

Co-chairs: Dave Kanger and VJ Gopu

Guitar Tower at the Hard Rock Hollywood Hotel
William R. O’Donnell, PE, SECB, Partner/Managing Principal
DeSimone Consulting Engineers

UBC Tallwood House at Brock Commons
Amelia Kabor, PE
Fast+Epp, Seattle, WA

Development of Tornado Hazard Maps and Load Provisions for ASCE 7-22
Marc Levitan, PhD, Lead Research Engineer, National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program

Session B: Innovation in the Nuclear Energy Industry

Co-chairs: Doug Chrisey, Melanie Spring, John McGaha, Matt Barrios, Don Vinci

Large Scale Fusion R & D
Mickey Wade, PhD, Director
Fusion Energy Division, Oak Ridge National Lab

Kairos Power Fluoride Salt-cooled High-Temperature Reactor
Oded Doron, PhD, Director for Engineering Design
Kairos Power

NuScale Small Modular Reactor
Jose Reyes, PhD, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer
NuScale Power


Session F: Securing the Electrical Grid

Co-chairs: Doug Chrisey, Melanie Spring, John McGaha Matt Barrios, Don Vinci

Emerging Trends in Grid Modernization
Shubham Kumar, Partner
Boston Consulting Group

Benefits of Grid Improvement
Bryan T. Philips, PE, Director of Engineering, Power Delivery Group
Enercon Services

Entergy Distribution Grid Modernization & Business Plan Operations
Rick Riley, SVP of Distribution
Entergy Services, LLC

Session C: Oil & Gas

Co-chairs: LT Cooper and John Kelly

Processing Fluids During a Well Flowback
Christopher D LeBlanc, Sr. Process Engineer, Gulf of Mexico, Operations Support

Corrosion & Materials Engineering in a Refinery
Amy Adams, Corrosion and Materials Engineer
Shell Norco Manufacturing Complex

Anhydrous Carbon Pellets - An Engineered Petroleum Coke Raw Material
Les Edwards, VP of Production Control and Technical Services
Rain Carbon Inc


Session G: Water

Co-chairs: Ehab Meselhe and Mead Allison

Resiliency in Design - The Rebuild By Design Meadowlands Project
Christopher Benosky PE, CFM Vice President

NOAA’s National Water Model
Trey Flowers, PhD, PE, Director, Analysis and Prediction Division
National Water Center (NWC)

Asia Pacific River Restoration
Scott Dunn, River Restoration Lead, Asia Pacific

Session D: Aerospace

Co-chairs: Eric Enright, Tia Ferguson

Human Landing System Program Overview
Lakiesha Hawkins, Program Planning & Control Manager, Human Landing System Program
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Hypersonic Vehicles
Glenn Case, Founder, CTO

Topics in Space Law and Policy
R. Paul Stimers, JD, MPA, Partner
K&L Gates


Session H: Engineering Innovation
Sponsored by EIS

Co-chairs: Matt Barrios, Wayne Pertuit, Don Gaver, Chan Wong

Driving Innovation in the Utility Industry
Laura Beauchamp, Director, Entergy Innovation Center

Enabling Digital Transformation and Creating Impact
Sonita Lontoh, Division CMO, Personalization & 3D Printing
HP, Inc.

Clean Energy Ventures: Innovation as the Engine of our Clean Energy Future
David Miller, Managing Director
Clean Energy Ventures

Analytics and AI Drives Innovation
David Pope, Senior Manager

Integrated Process for Direct Air Capture of CO2 and its Electrochemical Conversion to Ethanol
Brandon Iglesias, CTO

2021 K-12 FIRST Robotics Teams & 2021 Science and Engineering Fair Awards Winners