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President's Monthly Chapter Message

Our February 20th dinner meeting will be a combination topic about “Tulane’s Engineers Without Borders Chapter Projects and an Update on Electrical, Mechanical and Costal Engineering Certificate programs at Tulane University”. Along with presenting how Tulane has been participating in the Engineer’s Without Borders organization and projects the students have undertaken, our presenters will update us on Tulane’s further expansion of their Electrical and Mechanical Engineering certificate programs within Engineering Physics and the addition of a Costal Engineering certificate program which has the elements of Civil Engineering returning to Tulane. This meeting will be held at the Tulane Alumni House on Willow St. and also will be held jointly with the Society of Tulane Engineers (STE). Free parking after 5:30pm at the Diboll Parking Garage will be provided. The Diboll Garage is less than a half block from the Tulane Alumni House on Ben Weiner Dr. For registration to this meeting please click here.

I attended Joint Engineering Society Conference (JESC) this past January 23rd through the 24th in Lafayette, La. Sponsored by LES. The LES State Board meeting was held on the evening of January 22nd before the conference. At the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday January 23rd, the Vincent A. Forte Fellowship was awarded again to a Tulane PhD student, Amy Goodson. Amy worked in industry for several years and is now doing her PhD in Chemical Engineering. Awards for Faculty Professionalism were given out two professors in our chapter region; Dr. Ehab Meselhe, PE, Professor of Coastal and Civil Engineering Program at Tulane and Dr. Paul Herrington, PE, professor of Mechanical Engineering Department at UNO. I highly encourage all of you to attend the JESC next year and to consider attending the GSEC this June in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Our January 16th annual panel discussion luncheon at Andrea’s Italian Restaurant in Metairie, La. was well attended. With all the changes in the leadership at some of our local engineering schools, we hosted a panel discussion of the local engineering deans with the title of discussion the “Trends and the Future of Engineering Education”. Our moderator this year was Mr. Don Vinci, PE, Executive Vice President and CAO of Entergy Corporation. Our panel consisted of the deans of the four major engineering schools in our region, these were: Dean Kimberly Foster of Tulane-SSE, Dean J. Wornat of LSU-COE, Interim-Dean Norma Jean Mattei of UNO-COE and Dean Patrick Carriere of Southern University-BR-CES. Mr. Vinci is over Entergy’s HRM Department and asked the deans some probing questions on how their respective schools planned on preparing students for the job market and what trends in engineering education are being developed along with any planned growth in their programs at their respective engineering schools.

If your company is still interested in being in NO-LES Chapter Sponsorship Program for our 2018-2019 program term year, we launched a great deal in January, a “Half Price for Half the Year Sponsorship” program. This will allow a company to get in on our web site and have their company logos displayed at our remaining five meetings for this term, please find more details here.

Nicholas M. Musmeci, P.E.

NOLES, Chapter President