2012 Tulane Engineering Forum School of Science and Engineering


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Friday, April 22, 2022

Tommy Meehan, 2022 TEF Chairperson
Marie Dillon Dahleh, PhD, Associate Dean, Strategic Innovation & Program Development, Senior Professor of the Practice, Mathematics, Tulane University
8:45 MORNING PLENARY SESSION co-sponsored by Ampirical and Mitsubishi Power
Co-chairs: Melanie Spring, M Eng and John Kelly III, PhD

NOAA's Science and the Climate

A. Rost Parsons, PhD, Deputy Chief, Oceanographic and Geophysical Science and Services Division, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information; Jennifer Bowers, Senior Oceanographer and Uncrewed Systems Services Lead, National Centers for Environmental Information; Patrick Hogan, PhD, Chief, Oceanographic Sciences Branch, National Centers for Environmental Information and NOAA Unified Modeling Committee; and Sharon Mesick, NOAA Regional Climate Services Director, Southern Region
10:15 BREAK
First Lego League Robotics Team Demonstrations, Michelle Sanchez, PhD, Tulane SSE

Session A: Infrastructure

Co-chairs: VJ Gopu, PhD, Dave Kanger PE

I-10 BR Widening CMAR Delivery
Robert Schmidt, PE, Design Manager

Integrated Services Leads to Success at the US Olympic and Paralympic Museum
Michael Olsen, PE, Detailing Manager
KL&A Engineers & Builders

Design of the Kendeda Building For Innovative Sustainable Design at Georgia Tech
James W. Case, PE, SE, Sr. Principal
Uzun+Case, LLC


Session C: Oil & Gas

Co-chairs: Charles J. Mart, D Eng and John Kelly III, PhD

The Next 100: Managing the Reliability of Electrical Equipment at a Century-Old Refinery
Brendan Isham, Staff Electrical Engineer
Shell Norco Manufacturing Complex

Energy Transition: Production of Chemicals from Biofeedstocks
David Sudolsky, President and CEO

Robotics and Advanced Inspection Technologies for Oil and Gas Facilities
Tao Cheng, Technology Development Lead, ExxonMobil Upstream Integrated Solutions
Mauricio Calva, NDE Engineer, Chevron Technical Center

Session B: Energy
Powering the Electrical Grid in an Era of Environmental Stewardship

Co-chairs: Doug Chrisey, PhD, Melanie Spring M Eng, John McGaha, Don Vinci

Clean Energy After Ukraine
Mark W. Nelson, Managing Director
Radiant Energy Fund

The Path to Commercial Fusion Energy
Benjamin Byboth, Business Development & Strategy
Commonwealth Fusion Systems

Carbon Capture and H2 Technology
Linette Casey, Director, Power Systems Development
Siemens Energy


Session D: Aerospace: Sustainable Human Presence in Space

Chair: Eric Enright

NASA Artemis/Space Launch System Overview
Hansel Gill, Deputy Director
NASA Michoud Assembly Facility

Space Fluids: Alien, Yet Closer to Home than You May Think
Nathan Andrews, Group Leader, R&D
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)

Space Nuclear Propulsion for Mars Missions
Dayna Ise, Manager - Space Nuclear Propulsion

12:30 LUNCHEON sponsored by Laitram
Chair: Kimberly Foster, PhD, Dean, Tulane SSE

Drainage Engineering in New Orleans: The First Century, 1722-1835

Richard Campanella, Author, Geographer, Professor and Associate Dean, Tulane School of Architecture

Session E: Infrastructure 2

Co-chairs: VJ Gopu, PhD, Dave Kanger PE

Loyola Interchange Design-Build Project
Timothy Nickel, PE, Critical Projects Manager
LA Department of Transportation and Development

Airport Master Planning
Jacob Sotsky, Director

Long Beach Civic Center
Scott Stewart, SE
Nabih Youssef Structural Engineers


Session G: Water

Co-chairs: Mead Allison, PhD, Ehab Meselhe, PhD

Connecting Silos: A Food-Energy-Water Nexus Approach for Coastal Resilience Planning
Kristin Raub, Phd,DHS Flood Apex Postdoc (CUAHSI); Postdoctoral Research Associate (GRI)
Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science Inc. (CUAHSI); Northeastern University's Global Resilience Institute (GRI)

Using Recycled Glass Sand to Restore Louisiana’s Coast
Franziska Trautmann, Founder and Co-Director, Glass Half Full and Julie Albert, PhD, Associate Professor, Tulane SSE

Ground Zero: How New Orleans Can Lead the Sustainable Urban Water Movement
Rebecca Malpass, Policy and Research Coordinator
The Water Collaborative of Greater New Orleans

Session F: Energy 2
The Electric Grid - Today's Weather Impacts & Solutions
sponsored by Bernhard

Co-chairs: Doug Chrisey, PhD Melanie Spring, M Eng, John McGaha, Don Vinci

What Energy Infrastructure Owners should do to Assess the Risk & Impact of Climate Change & Develop Resilience Programs
Hector Artze, Partner
Guidehouse, Inc.

Hurricane Ida and Lessons for Resiliency
Jim Schott
E4 Infrastructure Advisors, Inc.

Connecting Customers to the New Grid
Bryan Phillips, Vice President, Power Delivery
Enercon Services, Inc.


Session H: Innovation
sponsored by Captura

Co-chairs: Katherine Raymond, PhD, Trivia Frazier, PhD and Chan Wong

Immersive Technology: Once Emerging, Now Scaling
Brian Lozes, Founder & CEO

De-risking Your Innovation
Benjamin Legum, CEO
Muse Engine

Innovating your Career: Engineering and Entrepreneurship
Molly Hegarty, MS, RDN, Founder and CEO

3:45 BREAK
Chair: LT Cooper, PE

Changes to the Licensing Environment; the Ethics of a Self-Regulated Profession

Karl Tonander, PG, PE, CEO at Souder, Miller & Associates