Colorado State University Professor to Speak Tuesday on CSU Engineers Working to Save Lives Over Levees in New Orleans

Note to Reporters: RSVP’s are due Monday, Oct. 29 for the event. Reporters interested in covering the event should contact Emily Wilmsen.

The Colorado State University College of Engineering Innovations Breakfast series will host Chris Thornton, associate professor of civil engineering, on Tuesday for a talk about CSU’s role helping to rebuild levees in New Orleans.

Thornton will speak at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30 in the University House on Remington.

Thornton’s discussion topic, “Saving New Orleans: How CSU Engineers are Working to Save Lives,” focuses on the development of a testing facility capable of simulating full-scale wave overtopping.

The event is open to the public, and guests must register online at by Monday, Oct. 29. Prospective students must RSVP to this event by calling 970-491-0943. The breakfast costs $20 per person, with $5 being donated to the Dean’s Innovation Fund.

In 2009, the Army Corps commissioned CSU and Thornton to develop a levee wave overtopping test facility capable of simulating the enormous waves similar to Hurricane Katrina’s in 2005. From that project, CSU helped generate the groundwork for determining the forces exerted on levees during extreme storm conditions.

The Innovations Breakfast allows those interested in science and engineering to interact and discuss the latest technological trends and ground-breaking research underway at CSU College of Engineering.

The series will continue in November with two additional CSU civil and environmental engineers as keynote speakers:

• Kimberly Catton on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Sheraton Denver Tech Center, Denver: “How Important Are Assumptions in Assessing Renewable Energy?”
• John van de Lindt on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the University House on Remington, Fort Collins: “Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Tsunamis, Oh My!”