Dr. Emad Habib and Dr. Ehab Meselhe, faculty of the UL Department of Civil Engineering, recently hosted a group of undergraduate civil engineering students from Columbia University.

The students are in a senior design class at Columbia and their professor, Dr. Upmanu Lall, contacted Dr. Habib to ask if he would be one of their hosts on a visit to Louisiana as part of their senior design project experience. The students’ senior design project focuses on the design of a wetlands+dike/pump infrastructure to improve the resilience of an area like New Orleans to hurricane impact. Dr. Habib and Dr. Meselhe recently collaborated with Dr. Lall on a hydrology and coastal research NSF proposal.

Upon arriving in Louisiana, the students spent some time in New Orleans on site visits arranged by Dr. Meselhe to one of the largest pump stations in New Orleans and to the Jean Lafitte National Park. Then they came to Lafayette to UL to learn about related coastal work research being done by civil engineering faculty and students.

The students were welcomed by Dean Mark Zappi on their arrival. They also had an opportunity to meet with their counterparts at UL when they met briefly with members of our own senior-design CIVE class.

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