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​​​​​​Jennifer Snape honored as one of the Top 20 young engineers in the country | February 11, 2020
Jennifer Snape, Managing Partner, Batture LLC, New Orleans, LA and Tulane Civil Engineering ’04 graduate was recently honored as one of the Top 20 young engineers in the country by Engineering News Record. Read Full Story

Décou-Labat Residences dedicated | November 18, 2019
On Nov. 16, 2019, alumni Deidre Dumas Labat and Reynold T. Décou were recognized by the naming and dedication of The Décou-Labat Residences, formerly known as the Willow Residences. Read Full Story

Annual SSE Homecoming Tailgating | November 4, 2019
SSE was well represented in tailgating village before the Tulane vs. Tulsa game on Saturday, November 2nd. Current students, alumni, Board of Advisors members, faculty, and staff enjoyed free food, free beverages, and great company on the beautiful sunny fall day! Read Full Story

Scot Ackerman MakerSpace dedication | October 18, 2019
The dedication of the Scot Ackerman MakerSpace took place Thursday, Oct. 17 on Tulane's Uptown campus. The space offers students and professors access to fabrication tools such as laser cutters, lathes, milling machines and 3D printers. Read Full Story

Tulane grads set sights on New Orleans for their startup | May 29, 2019
When Hannah Eherenfeldt and Benjamin Knapp were navigating the college application process five years ago, they fell in love with Tulane and everything it had to offer aspiring biomedical engineers. Read Full Story

PhD grad’s mission is saving lives | May 22, 2019
In the program for the upcoming 13th World Congress of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell later this year in China, new PhD graduate Derek Dashti is described as a “renowned speaker” alongside some of the world’s most accomplished scientists and young investigators. Read Full Story

Tulane alumni couple donates $5 million for Presidential Chair | May 7, 2019
Tulane University has received a $5 million commitment to fund a Presidential Chair from alumni Marcela Villareal de Panetta and Bernard J. Panetta II. Ms. de Panetta is a member of the Board of Tulane and the Dean’s Council of the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Read Full Story

Lisa Jackson, recipient of 2019 Tulane Distinguished Alumni Award, acts on making the world better | April 25, 2019
Protecting the planet is what Lisa Jackson said she is most passionate about. Jackson is vice president for environment, policy and social initiatives at Apple, the American multinational technology company headquartered in Cupertino, California. Read Full Story

Author and professor Tim Berra to lecture at Tulane | March 26, 2019
Tim M. Berra, who received a PhD in biology from Tulane University in 1969, and who is professor emeritus in the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University, will visit Tulane March 28–29 to give two lectures. Read Full Story

Tulane alumna Monique Cola: Scientist and principal | March 1, 2019
HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL Monique Cola (G ’04) trained as a neuroscientist, then pivoted to an academic career — for the love of research. Now, as principal of Sci High, she encourages high schoolers to be STEM-literate and to consider STEM careers. Read Full Story

Tulane MakerSpace to Be Named in Honor of Donor, Graduate | February 15, 2019
The MakerSpace at Tulane University, which offers students and professors access to digital fabrication tools like 3-D printers, laser cutters, milling machines and lathes as well as traditional hand and power tools, will be named the Scot Ackerman MakerSpace, thanks to a generous gift from Dr. Scot Ackerman. Read Full Story

From lab to space | December 13, 2018
Wound-healing technology developed at Tulane by former biomedical engineering graduate students blasted off on the SpaceX Dragon Cargo Ship for experiments on the International Space Station. Read Full Story

Students and Alumni Celebrate A Tulanian Thanksgiving | November 2018
As Tulanians gathered at the Sadeghpour home last week, the program’s Thanksgiving edition was no different with the exception of the number of Tulanians present (it’s much more than 12). The Sadeghpours generously invited 50 current students, TAA board members, and staff members to the feast, resulting in a multi-generational meal connected by an affection for Tulane. Read Full Story

Alumnus reunites families separated by crisis | September 5, 2018
As the co-founder of nonprofit organization Miles4Migrants, Seth Stanton helps to reunite families who have been separated by the worldwide refugee crisis. The 2003 School of Science and Engineering graduate, who works as an optometrist in New Orleans, originally hatched the idea for the... Read Full Story

Professionals offer career advice to summer program students | July 27, 2018
Why would a bank hire a chemical engineer? What do you do with a computer science degree when you’re burned out on coding? How do you land that amazing internship at NASA? The answers to these questions and more were part of the Tulane Science Scholars Program's (TSSP) “Lunch and Learn” speaker... Read Full Story

Game of cubes | July 23, 2018
When Tulane University alumnus Luke Hooper entered his wireless game Lumen into the 2018 Edison Awards competition – which honors the most innovative new products, services and business leaders in America – he did so knowing that his chances of winning were probably nil. The game wasn’t on the... Read Full Story

Tulane Brain Institute receives $1 million pledge from the Priddy Family Foundation | July 19, 2018
Tulane University’s Brain Institute has received a $1 million pledge from the Priddy Family Foundation to endow and establish the Priddy Family Spark Research Endowed Fund. The fund will provide competitive awards to faculty for early-stage research support that advances the research priorities of... Read Full Story

In Memoriam: George C. Kleinpeter Jr. | May 31, 2018
George C. Kleinpeter, Jr. peacefully entered into eternal rest on Thursday, May 31, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Read Full Story

Tulane School of Science and Engineering Honors Outstanding Alumni | April 27, 2018
It’s no secret that the School of Science and Engineering at Tulane houses exceptional intellectual talent, producing groundbreaking innovations in every area of scientific study. But every so often, the School ensures that this open secret stays wide open. At its tenth annual Alumni Awards ceremony on April 12, the SSE honored alumni Robert N. Ryan, Jr., Dr. Jennifer Berumen, and Dr. Scot N. Ackerman. Read Full Story

In Memoriam: Griff C. Lee Jr. | April 2018
Griff Calicutt Lee (Jr.), a retired civil engineer, recognized as one of the pioneers of the offshore oil industry, died on April 3, 2018 at the age of 91. Read Full Story

In Memoriam: Morteza “Monte” Mehrabadi | March 19, 2018
Morteza “Monte” Mehrabadi, dean of the San Diego State University College of Engineering and a professor of mechanical engineering, passed away on March 13, 2018, after a brief illness. Mehrabadi served as dean since 2014, shepherding the college’s growth and unprecedented grant-winning success, attracting bright new engineering faculty, playing an instrumental role in the construction of the new Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex (EIS) and serving as a friend and mentor to countless students and colleagues. Read Full Story

Engineering Grad Nurtures Love for Medicine | March 28, 2018
Nagel is the recipient of a 2017 medical school scholarship presented by LAMMICO, a liability insurer for medical professionals that awards a scholarship to one incoming first-year student at each of Louisiana’s three medical schools. Read Full Story

Making Waves Across Generations: Brian Barcelo, ME ‘65 | Spring 2018
He’s never had the pigments formally checked, but it’s safe to say that Brian Barcelo’s (Engineering 1965) blood runs olive and blue. Son of a large native New Orleans family, Barcelo’s father, brothers, and uncles all attended Tulane, his aunts worked on staff at the university, and his wife Gail, too, was a Newcomb grad. Read Full Story

Steve and Jann Paul donate $10 million for new Science and Engineering building at Tulane | February 21, 2018
Tulane graduates Steve and Jann Paul have made a $10 million gift to support construction of a new School of Science and Engineering building at Tulane University. Work on the four-story, 36,000-square-foot Steven and Jann Paul Hall for Science and Engineering is scheduled to begin by the end of... Read Full Story

Society of Tulane Engineers reconnects alumni | November 22, 2017
The alumni group the Society of Tulane Engineers (STE) strives to create new ties between Tulane graduates and the School of Science and Engineering (SSE). “They want to re-engage the alumni — connecting them back to the university,” said James Stofan, vice president of alumni relations. Founded in... Read Full Story

Innovative engineering | August 3, 2017
A. Baldwin Wood, center, an 1899 Tulane engineering graduate, is pictured at the 1915 dedication of Station No. 1, which used his revolutionary new screw pump system. Wood invented the pump in the early 1900s, when he was fresh out of Tulane and employed by the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board... Read Full Story

Tulane grad designs Lake Pontchartrain super pumps | June 7, 2017
A. Baldwin Wood, an 1899 Tulane graduate, is a legend for his invention of the Wood Screw Pump, which has been used for more than a hundred years to drain rainwater from the canals that crisscross New Orleans. Now Dan Grandal, a 1993 Tulane graduate, is about to make his own engineering mark for... Read Full Story

Current event | June 1, 2017
Engineering students, from left, T.M. Logan, A. Baldwin Wood and John S. Harris work in the Electrical Engineering Laboratory circa 1898. Wood later designed and installed the huge screw pumps that continue to drain rainwater from the streets of New Orleans today. Read Full Story

Emeritus Club honors Walter E. Blessey Jr. and Stanley Motta from Class of 1967 | May 30, 2017
Tulane University’s Reunion Weekend set the stage for the Emeritus Club induction ceremony and awards, the annual alumni event that honors two distinguished classmates. This year the Emeritus Club welcomed the Class of 1967 into its ranks during their undergraduate 50th Reunion, and bestowed... Read Full Story

Engineering aid group helps solve water problems | November 8, 2017
In the tiny Ecuadorean village of Laquigo, hundreds of residents get their water from ditches. Water for bathing. Water for cooking. Water for drinking. There’s a reason: The town of 2,400 tripled in population between 2000 and 2016, but the water distribution supply has not kept pace. Read Full Story

Engineering aid group helps solve water problems | October 20, 2017
Engineering students work in the blacksmith shop laboratory of the mechanic arts program in the Tulane University College of Technology, around the turn of the century. Forging, pattern-making, toolmaking and drawing were required of all freshmen and sophomores in the college at that time. Read Full Story

Howard F. Marx: Father of GPS | April 19, 2017
It was 1945, and the war in Europe was winding down. Hitler’s forces had collapsed, and all thoughts were turning to the Pacific. Back in the Caribbean, a young naval engineer and Tulane graduate from Monroe, Louisiana, was onboard the aircraft carrier USS Kearsarge, bound for the Panama Canal. Read Full Story

Feeding the machine | March 23, 2017
Tulane engineering students shovel coal in the boiler room of the Heat and Power Plant in the old engineering building, currently part of the School of Science and Engineering lab complex behind Blessey Hall as a part of the mechanic arts program circa 1900. Read Full Story

St. Patrick's court | March 16, 2017
Newcomb College students stand next to the Tulane blarney stone after being elected as the court for the St. Patrick’s dance in 1948. Organized by the Engineer's Technological Atelier, an engineering spirit organization, the dance was named for St. Patrick since he is the patron saint of engineering; it was generally held on or around St. Patrick’s Day each year. Read Full Story

Green Apple: Lisa Jackson | November 11, 2016
It’s a big and endless job responsibility to bear: “Leave the world better than you found it.” That’s one of the mantras and operating principles of Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple, the multinational technology company headquartered in Cupertino, California. Read Full Story

Apple’s Lisa Jackson to address ASEE in New Orleans | June 20, 2016
Tulane University alumna Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, and former head of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, will speak in New Orleans during the American Society for Engineering Education’s 123rd annual conference. The event takes place in the New Orleans Convention Center from June 23 through June 29. Read Full Story

Physics grad adds research to resume | May 18, 2016
In August 2012, as a freshman from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Skylar Deckoff-Jones never expected to be a role model to those involved in the science and research departments at Tulane University. Read Full Story

App keeps weddings on track | April 25, 2016
When Tulane University alumni Allison Shipp and Jonathan Brouk were married in New Orleans on Oct. 17, 2015, they opted to use an innovative wedding-planning tool, WedTexts, a websiteand app that allow engaged couples to communicate easily with their wedding guests through pre-scheduled text messages. Read Full Story