Hot topics in engineering ahead for Tulane forum

April 16, 2015 12:00 PM

New Wave staff

When more than 500 engineers and scientists gather on Friday (April 17) for the 15th annual Tulane Engineering Forum, they will be hearing about the latest developments in their industry, from aerospace to Louisiana coastal preservation, and from world-class infrastructure projects to shale oil and its impact on refining.

The one-day forum opens at 8:15 a.m. at the Morial Convention Center in downtown New Orleans, and the morning plenary session will definitely draw attention. Three executives involved in the construction of the new World Trade Center Complex in New York, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, will discuss the project and the site’s past, present and future.

A variety of topics are on tap for concurrent sessions, led by industry leaders. Highlights of the day include:

The latest developments in the post–Space Shuttle era, including a talk on “Orion’s Exploration Flight Test” by Joe Arves of Lockheed Martin Space Systems Group.

The future of the U.S. energy infrastructure, with talks on the natural gas infrastructure and renewable energy.

Louisiana coastal protection and restoration, discussing sand mining of the Mississippi River for creating marshes and restoring barrier islands.

Giving the keynote speech is Tulane alumnus J. F. Poupeau, an executive vice president with Schlumberger, speaking on “A View of the Evolving Engineering Landscape in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry.” He is a member of the board of advisers for the Tulane School of Science and Engineering.

The event will end with the presentation “Engineering Ethics ... Our Sacred Honor” by John H. “Jack” Grubbs, author and consultant.

The forum is presented by the School of Science and Engineering and alumni of the school.

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