Dr. Bhaskar Kura
   Bhaskar Kura, Ph.D., P.E.
   Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator
   Director, MERIC
   Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
   University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
   Department of Civil & Environment Engineering
   University of New Orleans
   New Orleans, LA - 70148
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Message from Dr. Kura

Dear Visitor,

I welcome you to this website! Maritime Environmental Resources and Information Center (MERIC) was established as part of the Gulf Coast Region Maritime Technology Center (GCRMTC) at the University of New Orleans (UNO) to promote environmental excellence, occupational safety, and cleaner / sustainable production within the maritime industry. MERIC's strategic location at UNO (Gulf Coast) draws synergy from the presence of: (a) nationally ranked Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (NAME) program, (b) Civil & Environmental Engineering program, (c) an active maritime industry with a number of medium and large scale shipbuilders, boat builders in the Gulf Coast, (d) off-shore oil & natural gas exploration and production activities.

MERIC's mission is to:

  1. Develop a depository of environmental data and cleaner / sustainable production technologies applicable to the maritime industry including but not limited to: shipbuilding, ship recycling, off-shore exploration, off-shore production, docks, marinas, ports, harbors, and their operations;
  2. Facilitate interaction among the maritime industry personnel, scientists/researchers, technology providers/developers, regulatory agencies, and engineering firms to promote sustainability (cost efficiency, environmental efficiency, and social responsibility) ;
  3. Compile and analyze information, conduct research, and facilitate promotion of overall efficiency within the maritime industry;
  4. Provide outreach training and educational programs for the maritime industry personnel;
  5. Provide research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to engage in the real-world maritime environmental and occupational safety/hygiene topics.

Information provided on this Website is intended to promote EHS (environmental, health, and safety) awareness and performance as it applies to the maritime industry and I hope this site will be of some help to you in your search for better solutions.

Thank you for your interest.


Bhaskar Kura, Ph.D., P.E.
Director, MERIC

 Contact Information:
 Office: Engineering Building, EN828
 Telephone: (504) 280-6572
 Fax: (504) 280-5586
 E-mail: bkura@uno.edu