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Dr. Ehab Meselhe Appointed as Coastal Protection Committee Chair for the 2017 Report Card for Louisiana’s Infrastructure

Jun 7, 2016

Baton Rouge, La. — The Water Institute of Gulf congratulates Ehab Meselhe, Ph.D., P.E., Director of Natural Systems Modeling at the Institute for his appointment as the Coastal Protection Committee Chair of the 2017 Report Card for Louisiana’s Infrastructure.

Dr. Meselhe has over 20 years of experience in researching coastal wetlands and in developing computer models for estuarine, riverine, and coastal systems. He currently serves as an active member of the Louisiana Section of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), which developed a state-specific report card to complement the highly recognized national Report Card for America’s Infrastructure in 2012. With a plan to upgrade the report card every five years, new committee chairs have been appointed to provide technical expertise in grading Louisiana’s infrastructure for 2017.

“It is truly an honor to serve as the Coastal Protection Committee Chair of the 2017 Report Card for Louisiana’s Infrastructure,” said Dr. Meselhe. “This evaluation system is designed to help public leaders make informed decisions and to equip them with specific recommendations to improve the safety and sustainability of Louisiana.”

The committees appointed by ASCE include Aviation, Bridges, Dams, Drinking Water, Hazardous Waste and Solid Waste, Coastal Protection, Levees, Ports, Roads, and Waste Water. The 2017 Report Card will serve as a practical tool to identify where the state has improved in the last five years and where it should commit more resources.

For more details about the Louisiana Section of ASCE or to view the 2012 Report Card for Louisiana’s Infrastructure, please visit

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