Sunday, April 14, 2013

Capstone Final Presentations & Columbia Seminar & Freeman Lecture

Hi again,

It’s that time of year again... Capstones! Please join us for the 2013 Environmental Capstone student presentations. This year, the course is focusing on nonpoint source phosphorus inputs to the Charles River - one of the most important contemporary problems in the Boston area (and worldwide). Four Capstone teams have been working with communities (Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Newton) and professional mentors (from CDM Smith, Kleinfelder, CRWA and MWH) to design site-specific, tailored solutions. Please join us and learn about the solutions they came up with. A flyer with more details is posted here:

On April 26 I will be at Columbia University for a seminar visit. If you are in the area and interested in learning more about my work, please come. Here is the advertisement:

Finally, I would like to invite you to the 2013 Freeman Lecture, which this year focuses on hurricane barrier design (motived by Hurricane Sandy). The details are below.

Best regards,

2013 John R. Freeman Lecture
Hurricane Storm Barrier Design and Operation


Lawrence J. Murphy, P.E.
CDM Smith/New York, NY

Michael Bachand, P.E.

Around the world numerous hurricane or storm surge barriers have been
constructed to protect areas deemed to be critical. With the recent impacts to the
Northeast United States from Hurricane Sandy and to a lesser extent Hurricane Irene
which made landfall a year earlier, concepts for providing flood protection to storm
prone areas have been a national focus. This lecture will present a concept design of
a barrier to protect a portion of Lower Manhattan, as well as provide information on
the operation of two storm barriers that currently exist in the northeast. Various
types of barricades utilized around the world and their effectiveness will also be

DATE: Thursday, April 18th, 2013
TIME: Reception: 6 p.m./ Lecture: 7 p.m.
LOCATION: MIT’s Tang Center (E51)
70 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139