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Congratulations to Water Institute Board Member Norma Jean Mattei, Ph.D. for her appointment to the President’s National Infrastructure Council

Sep 14, 2022

BATON ROUGE, La. (Sept. 14, 2022) – Congratulations to Norma Jean Mattei, Ph.D., Board Member at The Water Institute, for her recent appointment to President Joe Biden’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC).

The NIAC was established in 2001 to advise the White House on how to reduce physical and cyber risks as well as improve the security and resilience of the country’s critical infrastructure areas.

“The individuals announced today are leading senior executives with deep experience across a broad range of sectors including: banking and finance, transportation, energy, water, dams, defense, communications, information technology, healthcare services, food and agriculture, government facilities, emergency services, and higher education,” said The White House announcement.

“I am proud to be a part of such a distinguished panel of leaders who are going to bring decades of experience to advising President Biden and the White House on infrastructure matters that are critical to the nation,” Mattei said.

Mattei is a professor of civil engineering at the University of New Orleans’ College of Engineering, has been active in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for more than 20 years and was elected and served as ASCE 2017 President and Chairman of the ASCE Board of Directors. She is an internationally known expert and leader in critical civil infrastructure and serves as the senior civilian member and one of two civilian civil engineer commissioners on the Mississippi River Commission, nominated by President Obama in 2012.

Read more about the announcement here.