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St. Louis Infrastructure Symposium

October 22, 2010
Civil Engineering, Parks College News

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Saint Louis University and the American Society of Civil Engineers hosted the St. Louis Infrastructure Symposium on Oct. 14 in the Busch Student Center at Saint Louis University.

The event was a half-day program that began with welcome remarks from K. Ravindra, Ph.D., P.E., the Interim Dean of Saint Louis University’s Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology, Riyadh Hindi, Ph.D., P.Eng., Professor of Civil Engineering for Saint Louis University and Adam Spector, P.E., ASCE President and event moderator.

All welcome remarks emphasized the importance of an event focusing on infrastructure needs, in the context of recent words from President Obama who said, “Our infrastructure is woefully inefficient and it is outdated. For years we have deferred tough decisions and today our aging system of highways byways and air routes and rail lines hinder our economic growth.”

The event consisted of speakers from agencies introduced by Saint Louis University Civil Engineering students. Agencies such as The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, MoDOT, Missouri American Water Company, St. Louis Area Earthquake Hazards Mapping Project and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made presentations expressing the importance of improving the city’s infrastructure. The presentations included major infrastructure projects around the region and funding needs.

Following the presentations, the audience was included in a poll concerning St. Louis citizen’s dollars and finished with a round table discussion. MoDOT came in ahead, with 37% of the vote, followed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 30%.

The event was made possible by the hard work of staff, faculty and volunteers from the ASCE and Saint Louis University. Thank you to everyone involved for dedicating your time and resources to the St. Louis Infrastructure Symposium.

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