Thursday, September 3, 2015

New Orleans City Council Presents Proclamation to UNO for Annual Engineering Forum

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The New Orleans City Council presented a proclamation to University of New Orleans leaders to recognize UNO's College of Engineering and the University's third Engineering Forum, which will be held on Sept. 11. The forum will cover contemporary engineering topics in electrical, naval, mechanical, civil and environmental, chemical, petroleum, and systems engineering, as well as engineering management. The proclamation was made at the request of council member Susan Guidry.

UNO President Peter Fos, Provost John Nicklow, College of Engineering Dean Emir Macari and professor Parviz Rastgoufard gave a presentation to the city council about the impact and relevance of the University and the College of Engineering. Following their remarks, council members commended the UNO guests for being committed to public education, empowering young people of the metro area and providing critical economic development to the region. UNO is the only university in the New Orleans to offer degree programs in civil engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. It also has the only naval architecture and marine engineering program in the region and one of only a few in the nation.

Council member Guidry congratulated the UNO administrators on the growth of the third UNO Engineering Forum, which is expected to draw nearly 300 people. The event, which will take place in the Lindy C. Boggs International Conference Center in the UNO Research and Technology Park, begins at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 11. UNO Provost John Nicklow, a civil engineer, will serve as the keynote speaker. Emir Macari, dean of the College of Engineering, will be the lunch speaker along with Mark Weatherford, principal with the Chertoff Group and former deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

"The College of Engineering is dedicated to providing our students with practical programs that offer a strong theoretical base and a strong design component," Macari said. "The UNO Engineering Forum directly benefits students and faculty in our programs and the engineering community."

During the presentation to the city council, Rastgoufard, who serves as the Entergy Endowed Chair for Power Systems Engineering, detailed the 10 different engineering topics that will be covered in parallel tracks during the forum. Twenty different universities are participating in this year's event.

To learn more about the third UNO Engineering Forum and to register click here.