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College of Engineering Professor Robert Traver Looks Back at Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina as Storm’s 10th Anniversary Nears

Saturday, Aug. 29 marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Robert Traver, a professor of civil engineering in Villanova University’s College of Engineering, and a nationally-recognized authority on urban stormwater management, played a significant role in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' subsequent investigation of the failure of the New Orleans Hurricane Protection System during Hurricane Katrina. He served as a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers External Panel (ERP) charged with determining why the city’s levee system failed. Dr. Traver is the Director of the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership (VUSP), and Director of the Villanova Center for the Advancement of Sustainability in Engineering (VCASE). 

In the short video below, Dr. Traver looks back on what happened in New Orleans that day, gives a firsthand account of lessons learned, looks at how far urban stormwater management has come since, and where it is headed in the future.