Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Fourth Annual UNO Engineering Forum Brings Together Leading Minds in Industry, Academia and Government

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The University of New Orleans hosts its fourth annual Engineering Forum, Friday, Sept. 16 in the University Center. The daylong event is expected to draw more than 250 attendees for a full schedule of panel discussions and workshops designed to increase participants’ technical abilities and skills.

Alumni, students, practicing engineers, as well as representatives from 20 companies and 10 universities from Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Massachusetts, California and overseas, will converge on the University for professional development, networking and idea-sharing.

“The forum provides the means for practicing engineers and future engineers who are attending school, including UNO College of Engineering, to network and collaborate for potential internship and co-op opportunities,” said Parviz Rastgoufard, Entergy Endowed Chair for Power Systems Engineering at UNO.

Forum highlights include an address by UNO President John Nicklow, himself a professional engineer with a doctorate in civil engineering, followed by a two-hour panel discussion on the role of engineers in the future of the United States. Moderated by Rastgoufard, the panel will include five leaders from industry, academia and government: Stein Sture, emeritus provost of the University of Colorado; Vincent Manno, provost of Olin College; Paul Versowsky, chief engineer of Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement; Mark Bruckner, manager at Entergy; and Marc Chevis, manager at Shell.

Lauren Kenny, a vice president at Entergy, will speak on “Laying Down the Foundation for Future Electric Utilities” during a noon luncheon.

Participants can choose to attend sessions divided up into eight topical tracks: power systems engineering; electrical and computer engineering; naval architecture and marine engineering; energy; civil and environmental engineering; systems engineering and innovation; engineering ethics and education; and student presentations. Up to eight professional development hours are available to attendees.

“We are tremendously proud of our College of Engineering and its programs,” Nicklow said. “They are one of a kind in the New Orleans region. And through our Engineering Forum, we are able to bring together practicing professionals, educators, researchers and students to discuss relevant problems and develop innovative solutions.”

The event is made possible with major support from UNO, UNOcity LLC, Entergy, Shell, M S Benbow & Associates, Chevron and Waldemar S. Nelson & Co., as well as contributions from HNTB Corporation, Louisiana Engineering Society, UNO Engineering Society and Mahl & Associates, Inc.

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