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Gifts Pave the Way for Programs at the Interface of the Earth Sciences and Engineering

Winter 2014 | Article by Kirby Messinger

Freeport McMoRan

There are arguably no more vital concerns to South Louisiana and the Gulf Coast than energy production and coastal protection and restoration. Now, thanks to two recent gifts, the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering will begin developing a strong relationship between the earth sciences and engineering to build programs that address many issues of importance to efficient energy production and environmental sustainability.

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An anonymous gift of $1 million and a $500,000 gift from Freeport-McMoRan directed to the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences will support educational and research programs within the department and in collaboration with other departments in the School of Science and Engineering at the interface of the earth sciences and engineering.

“These gifts support our philosophy of bringing science and engineering closer together,” says Nicholas Altiero, dean of the School of Science and Engineering. “We have successfully developed strong collaborations in most of our disciplines but a very important piece that has not yet been developed is in the earth sciences.”

The $1 million anonymous gift will support an endowed fund within the department providing both programming support and funding for faculty and graduate students. Funding from Freeport-McMoRan will support fellowships for graduate students conducting research in earth and environmental science subjects that have engineering application.

“A lot of the work that our geo-scientists are doing is directly applicable to engineering solutions,” says Altiero. “By working in close collaboration, the lag time from scientific discovery and engineering innovation can be greatly reduced while we educate more graduates with an appreciation of the interface of science and engineering.”

Altiero hopes to continue the momentum of these important gifts to increase the resources that can be directed to collaboration between the earth sciences and engineering in the School of Science and Engineering.

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