University of New Orleans engineering professor Norma Jean Mattei has been elected president-elect of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for 2016. When she becomes president in 2017, she will be only the third woman in the 163-year history of the organization to hold the prestigious post.
A majority of ASCE members chose Mattei in a month-long election that concluded June 1. She will be inducted at the ASCE Annual Business Meeting in New York City in October.
“I'm very excited to lead ASCE into the future,” said Mattei, a professor of civil and environmental engineering. “The focus of my tenure will be on leadership as the society moves forward with the strategic initiatives of modernizing our critical infrastructure so necessary for economic health, promoting engineering solutions that are sustainable and revamping civil engineering educational requirements for professional licensure in order to better protect the public that we serve.”
Mattei has served ASCE for more than 20 years in local, regional and national leadership roles. In 2012, President Obama named her one of three civilian members of the Mississippi River Commission. In that capacity, she helps oversee the drainage basin that covers 41 percent of the nation.
Mattei is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Louisiana, and was a design and project engineer in the New Orleans area from 1982 to 1989. She has been a UNO faculty member since 1995. Her technical research interests include large watershed management, material and structural testing, sustainable reuse of spent construction/fabrication materials, and residual stress measurement. She is also interested in diversity, licensure and ethics issues. The American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 146,000 members of the civil engineering profession in 174 countries. Founded in 1852, ASCE is the nation’s oldest engineering society.