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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 http://civil.njit.edu/people/boufadel.php

Susan Bristol – Assimilation of natural systems with resilient design strategies and sustainable architecture  http://news.njit.edu/njit-offers-programs-blend-architectural-design-environmental-awareness/; http://www.spbarchitecture.com/

Fadi Karaa – Flooding mitigation  http://civil.njit.edu/people/karaa.php

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  http://njii.com/defense-homeland-security/

Colette Santasieri – Impacts of flooded contaminated properties on communities; and impacts of flooding on civil infrastructure (roads, bridges, tunnels, transit systems, seaports)  http://njii.com/civil-infrastructure/    

John Schuring – A geological engineer who studies pile foundations, differential settlement and the slope stability of buildings. http://civil.njit.edu/people/schuring.php

Georgeen Theodore – Post-disaster planning and resilient design  http://design.njit.edu/people/theodore.php 



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