Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014

UNO Announces Partnership with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Lake Borgne Surge BarrierThrough a new partnership designed to enhance studies in STEM disciplines, UNO and the Corps of Engineers will collaborate on research projects of mutual interest which may include soil testing, water quality testing, coastal dredging, land loss prevention and surge modeling. Seen here is the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lake Borgne Surge Barrier outside New Orleans, built and maintained by the Corps.
Photo courtesy: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The University of New Orleans and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced a partnership with the goal of encouraging and enhancing study in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines for UNO students and faculty.

UNO and the Corps of Engineers will collaborate on research projects of mutual interest which may include soil testing, water quality testing, coastal dredging, land loss prevention and surge modeling.

"This partnership is an important step forward for the UNO College of Engineering in its commitment to being a resource and collaborator with local, state and federal entities," said Norm Whitley, dean of the College of Engineering. "The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is a critical player in the future of the city of New Orleans and all of south Louisiana. We are excited about working with the Corps on the important environmental and infrastructure issues that challenge our community's existence and prosperity."

"We are proud to establish a partnership agreement with the University of New Orleans," said Col. Rick Hansen, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District. "This mutually supportive relationship underscores the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs in the future of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the nation."

Some examples of how the agreement will be enacted include:

  • The Corps of Engineers will hire UNO students to work on projects through internships and other cooperative agreements at the Corps of Engineers New Orleans District.
  • The Corps of Engineers and UNO faculty will identify specific areas of research where UNO students can obtain academic credit for work on Corps projects.
  • The Corps of Engineers will involve UNO faculty on specific research projects through cooperative agreements.
  • The Corps of Engineers will loan or donate equipment to UNO.
  • The Corps of Engineers will establish a list of volunteer professionals—including Corps employees, contractors, vendors and other associates—to support mentoring and specialized teaching activities for UNO students.
 

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