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A Tale Of Two Cee Departments: Civil Engineering Education In New Orleans Post Katrina

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

CE Poster Session in Exhibit Hall

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Civil Engineering

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12.143.1 - 12.143.12



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Norma Mattei University of New Orleans

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Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Vijaya Gopu Tulane University

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Professor and Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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A Tale of Two CEE Departments: Civil Engineering Education in New Orleans Post-Katrina Introduction

New Orleans is one of the oldest cities in the United States. It was established in 1718 by the French near the mouth of the Mississippi River. The city is surrounded by water with Lake Pontchartrain to the north and cradled in a crescent section of the river to the south. Most of the city is built below sea level except for the oldest sections. Figure 1 consists of a map of New Orleans which shows the location of the two universities of interest, Tulane University and the University of New Orleans.

Figure 1: Map showing locations of Tulane and UNO

Tulane University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university [1]. Founded as a public medical college in 1834, the school grew into a full university and eventually privatized under the endowments of Paul Tulane and Josephine Louise Newcomb in 1884 and 1886. Newcomb’s endowment led to the establishment of H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College within Tulane University. Newcomb was the first coordinated college for women in the United States. In 1894 the College of Technology was formed, the forerunner to the School of Engineering. In the same year the university moved to its present-day uptown campus on St. Charles Avenue, five miles by streetcar from its original downtown location.

Tulane is one of North America's top research universities; its status confirmed by it being one of 60 elected members of the Association of American Universities. Tulane also is designated as a Carnegie research university/very high research activity, the highest classification by the

Mattei, N., & Gopu, V. (2007, June), A Tale Of Two Cee Departments: Civil Engineering Education In New Orleans Post Katrina Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2897

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