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September Technical Speaker 2

Integrating Resilience and Sustainability in Infrastructure Design

Ms. Carolyn LaFleur, P.E. - Research Scientist at the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)

Civil engineering is the nexus where science is applied to the design and management of built and natural environments for the benefit of Earth’s inhabitants. The gravity of this responsibility compels civil engineers to continually seek and integrate the best available understandings and technologies in our work. Design practitioners need the new information that research can provide, while researchers need to understand the challenges faced by the design community and those charged with the management and maintenance of engineered systems. In the Houston region and worldwide engineers are tasked with finding ways to adapt to ever-changing conditions of population, climate, technological advancements, and expectations of the public. The Environmental and Water Resources Institute of ASCE offers many resources for the design community to use in meeting the challenges of creating resilient infrastructure and protecting the natural environment.

Carolyn LaFleur is a Research Scientist at the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC). She is a registered Professional Engineer in Minnesota and Texas. Her experience includes oil and gas exploration and production, environmental, permitting and regulatory compliance, geotechnics, resource recovery and waste facilities, pollution prevention and water resources projects.

Carolyn attended McNeese State University in her hometown of Lake Charles, Louisiana, where she received her a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering in 1988 and a Master of Engineering in 1989. Graduate studies emphasized geotechnical and environmental topics, focusing on permeability theory and development of a new device for in-situ hydraulic conductivity testing. She has worked extensively with groundwater protection, waste facilities, and environmental permitting.

As a long-time member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), she served as Texas Section Technical Chair for Forensic Engineering. She has also worked with committees of the Environmental and Water Resources Insitute (EWRI) of ASCE, and currently serves as Chair of the Environmental Council.

Education:

B.S., Civil Engineering, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Master of Engineering (Civil), McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Expertise:

Oil & Gas

Engine Emissions

Environmental Permitting / Regulatory Compliance

Soil Mechanics

Solid Waste

Water Quality

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