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History

As the Tulane School of Science and Engineering’s newest department, River-Coastal Science and Engineering (RCSE) is at an early phase of development, but its upward trajectory is marked by a number of key milestones to date:

July 2017 – The Department of River-Coastal Science and Engineering is founded. Professor Mead Allison of the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences is recruited to serve as the founding chair and organizer of the new department.

November 2017 – A blue-ribbon panel of 12 Tulane faculty and academicians, government, and corporate engineers and scientists from across the US meets for the first time to develop a strategic plan for RCSE.

January 2018 – A Cooperative Agreement is signed between Tulane (RCSE) with the US Army Corps of Engineers with the idea of developing joint educational initiatives. In Spring 2018 semester, the first class is taught of a joint RCSE-USACE Graduate Certificate in River Science and Engineering, stressing the “river” elements of the new department. This revolutionary “hybrid model” non-residence program is the first offered in the School of Science and Engineering.

June 2018 – The strategic plan for RCSE is submitted by the 12 member planning committee to Provost Forman.

November 2018 – The second full-time faculty member, Professor Ehab Meselhe, Ph.D., P.E., is hired. Professor Meselhe is a renowned numerical modeler of river-deltaic-coastal systems who has played a key role in the development of the Louisiana Master Plan for Coastal Restoration and Protection.

January 2019 – The first RCSE PhD student (Eric White) is accepted through the SSE Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program with the anticipation that he and future students will transition to an RCSE PhD degree program when it is stood up and accredited.

May 2019 – The joint RCSE-USACE Graduate Certificate in River Science and Engineering is officially accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).