Subject Experts Available to Discuss Flooding Issues Caused by Hurricanes, from Planning to Cleanup

Written by: Christina Crovetto,
Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

NEWARK, N.J., August 30, 2017 – In the aftermath of the horrific events in southeastern Texas due to Hurricane Harvey, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) offers the following experts to answer questions on issues from planning to cleanup.

Michel Boufadel – Impact of flooding on coastal regions, oil spill cleanups

Susan Bristol – Assimilation of natural systems with resilient design strategies and sustainable architecture;

Fadi Karaa – Flooding mitigation

Bill Marshall  Impact of flooding on homeland security issues (e.g. logistics, critical infrastructure, defense systems); unmanned aerial systems and unmanned aerial vehicle (drones) video assessment of extent of flooding and flood damage to infrastructure

Colette Santasieri – Impacts of flooded contaminated properties on communities; and impacts of flooding on civil infrastructure (roads, bridges, tunnels, transit systems, seaports)    

John Schuring – A geological engineer who studies pile foundations, differential settlement and the slope stability of buildings.

Georgeen Theodore – Post-disaster planning and resilient design 



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