With Hurricane Season Underway, What Have Engineers Learned from Previous Storms?

With Hurricane Season Underway, What Have Engineers Learned from Previous Storms? With Hurricane Season Underway, What Have Engineers Learned from Previous Storms?

July 24, 20201 min read
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With hurricane season already underway and projected to be active, communities need to make sure they have learned the lessons from previous major storms so that they are prepared for the next one.


As the technical director for the Network for Earth Engineering Facility at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an expert in centrifuge modeling, Tarek Abdoun can provide that insight.


Abdoun led a research team that used physical models within the Rensselaer centrifuge to determine how some of the levees in New Orleans failed during Hurricane Katrina. Those findings have provided engineers with a better understanding of how levees respond to extreme floods.


Abdoun is available to talk about what engineers have been able to learn since Katrina, and how that makes levees and dams safer. 


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  • Tarek  Abdoun
    Tarek Abdoun Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Specializes in centrifuge modeling, soil-structure interaction, soil remediation, field advanced sensing, and data visualization

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