College News
Antsaklis Receives Presidential Appointment <more>
Brennecke Receives Professional Progress Award <more>
Construction Slated to Begin on New Engineering Buildings <more>
Corke Receives University Research Award <more>
Face Recognition Article Hits Top 25 List <more>
Flynn Named IAPR Fellow <more>
Fuja Named EE Department Chair <more>
Jena Receives CAREER Award <more>
Kogge Named to Interim Council for CCC <more>
Ovaert Named ASME Fellow <more>
Roeder Receives TMS Early Career Award <more>
Silliman Receives Global Engineering & Engineering Technology Educator Award <more>
Yang Receives Jakob Memorial Award <more>

On Location in the Big Easy

Although the area is vital to the country’s economy and culture, there is no quick fix to the challenges posed in rebuilding the Southern Louisiana Mississippi region in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. In addition to time and money, marshland ecology and environmental engineering, structural and soil engineering, hydraulic engineering, and plate tectonics also have to be considered.

Notre Dame engineering faculty believed that one of the best ways to help the students understand the challenges was to have them learn about the area’s infrastructure firsthand, study why the levee system failed, and explore the technologies that can help build a better and safer flood protection system. To accomplish this, faculty designed a tour of the area for students. Joining the group from Notre Dame — 49 undergraduates, two graduate students, and four members of the College of Engineering faculty and staff — were four members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stationed in the area.

As students visited the New Orleans District and Engineer Research and Development Center in November 2006, they met with senior project managers from the Army Corps, the district engineer, and the head of the Hurricane Protection Office, who outlined the reconstruction process. Corps engineers also demonstrated physical models that are being used to better understand levee behavior. Students toured the 26th largest supercomputer in the world, which is being used to analyze hurricane storm surge and hydrodynamic loads in the area, and they were able to see pump stations and other facilities, such as the Old River Control Structure.
Students and faculty also explored the link between natural geologic processes and the engineered environment, specifically balancing the needs of the environment with the safety of area residents and the economic importance (locally and nationally) of waterways and ocean and inland navigation. While in New Orleans they also saw a personal side to engineering, the humanity motivating the technology.

To find out more about the trip and rebuilding efforts, visit


Student News

Bengal Bouts: A Fighting Chance <more>

Brenner Receives Grant for Community-based Research <more>

ND-SWE Named Outstanding Student Section <more>
Nightingale and Wittich Named DEPS Scholars <more>
Notre Dame Teams Place in 2006 ACM Contest <more>
On Location in the Big Easy <more>

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