Engineers to speak on Hurricane Katrina and the future of New Orleans
With the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina here and gone, a professor of mechanical engineering at Tulane University does not want the disastrous event to slip from the national consciousness.
To that end, Robert G. Watts, Ph.D., will lead a discussion forum titled “Environmental and Other Issues in a Post-Katrina New Orleans,” to take place on Nov. 8 at the Chicago Hilton.
“I sense that the American people wish to move on from Hurricane Katrina, however, there exist major environmental, engineering, urban planning and socioeconomic issues in New Orleans,” said Watts, who ranks the devastation brought by Katrina on a scale of Hiroshima in the aftermath of the Allied bombings in World War II.
In the panel discussion beginning at 9:30 a.m., participants will look back on the calamity of August 29, 2005, and assess the structural failings and other conditions that allowed surging storm water to flood 80% of New Orleans, wiping out entire neighborhoods and killing hundreds of residents.
The panelists will also report on the progress of the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans, some of which Watts believes are shortsighted.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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