New Orleans Renewal
New Orleans Renewal
President Wayne Clough led the first meeting of the National Academies/National Research Council's 16-member Committee on New Orleans Regional Hurricane Protection Projects in mid-January, when the group had the opportunity to tour the areas hardest hit during the 2005 hurricane season and inspect levee and floodwall failures.
In a letter to the committee members, Clough, CE 63, MS CE 65, wrote that he first toured the devastated region by helicopter in November. "The flood damage is extensive and reaches over a wide area. There are no easy solutions and there is much emotion associated with the possible outcomes," he said.
Clough said the committee's primary focus will be to review the work being conducted by the Interagency Performance Evaluation Task Force, led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with a team from the American Society of Civil Engineers that is investigating the design capacity of the hurricane protection system, forces exerted against the system and the factors that resulted in the breaching of levees and floodwalls.
"It is now time for Georgia Tech to do what we can with our special expertise to help in the very large effort to rebuild," Clough said. "As president I hope to represent Georgia Tech and its commitment to work on these issues until they are resolved."
Joseph Hughes, chair of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, told former trustees of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association that Clough is "arguably the most visible civil engineer in academia today. When you talk about giants, he is at the head of the list."
Hughes, who toured the devastated region with Clough, asserted that it will be years before New Orleans is protected from a hurricane of Katrina's strength.
"We can build things that would protect New Orleans in the future. I will probably be long since retired before they're done," Hughes said during the trustees reunion at the Alumni/Faculty House in January. "We've got a period of 30-ish years, even if we're aggressive, when it's not protected."
Two Georgia Tech schools have formed partnerships with China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University, which has awarded an honorary doctorate to Tech President Wayne Clough.
Georgia Tech and about 20 other American universities also have signed an agreement to collaborate with India on higher education and research.
The pact with India, signed in December, is intended to make it possible for professors in the United States to teach and conduct research at colleges and universities in India via that country's educational satellite and an electronic-learning system.
In October the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering formed a partnership with Shanghai Jiao Tong University to establish a Sino-U.S. Global Logistics Institute.
The School of Electrical and Computer Engineering established a dual master's degree program with the university in December. The partnership allows students admitted to the two-year program to study at either SJTU or Georgia Tech's campus. It establishes a summer exchange program for students attending Tech and SJTU.
"We are very pleased with the relationship we are developing with Shanghai Jiao Tong University, which includes aspects of research, student exchange and joint programs of study," Clough said. "Shanghai is a dynamic city of 18 million people that serves as a key economic engine for China. Shanghai Jiao Tong University is a high-quality institution with strong leadership and plans for the future. The timing is right for this partnership."
ISyE's Global Logistics Institute with SJTU is modeled after The Logistics Institute-Asia Pacific, a partnership between Tech and the National University of Singapore.
"The programs being developed in Shanghai and Singapore are part of an overall strategy to foster Georgia Tech's evolution toward an international technological university that encourages its students to experience cultures from around the world while pursuing their disciplines," said Charles Liotta, vice president of research and dean of graduate studies.
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