Bhaskar Kura, Ph.D., P.E.
   Director, MERIC
   Professor
   Department of Civil & Environment Engineering
   University of New Orleans
   New Orleans, LA - 70148




Current Position:

  • Director, Maritime Environmental Resources and Information Center (MERIC), UNO
  • Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, UNO
  • Graduate Program Coordinator for MS and PhD Programs, UNO
  • Areas of Research:

  • Maritime Industry: EH&S Management of (a) Shipbuilding and Ship Recycling, (b)Off-shore Drilling, Exploration, and Production, (c) Marinas, Dockyards, Ports, and Harbors. EH&S Management of Processes such as Vessel Cleaning, Surface Preparation, Painting/Coating, Metal Cutting, Welding, Fiber Glass Boat Manufacturing; Development of Cleaner and Energy Efficient Technologies for Maritime Processes; Development of Software Applications for EH&S Management
  • Best Management Practices: Spill Prevention and Pollution Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plans; Disaster Management Plans / Emergency Preparedness Procedures;
  • Air Quality Monitoring (Particulates and Gases): Ambient Air Quality Monitoring, Air Pollutant Emission Characterization, Air Pollutant Emission Factors, Air Pollutant Emissions Modeling, and Process Simulation/Optimization for Air Pollutant Emission Reduction
  • Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling: Management of Urban/Regional Air Quality from Industrial and Transportation Sources; Atmospheric Dispersion Modeling and Inhalation-Induced Health (Cancer and Non-Cancer) Risk Assessment; Source Apportionment (for Risk and Emissions)
  • Air Pollution Control: Air Pollution Control Using Nanomaterials/Micro Devices and Novel ESP/Plasma Techniques
  • Sustainability of Urban Environmental Quality through LCA/LCC Approach: Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Life Cycle Costing (LCC), Urban/Industrial Environmental Systems and Sustainability
  • Decision Support Systems/Software Applications for Air Quality/Environmental Management: Decision Support Systems for the Management of Air Toxics, Non-Attainment Areas, Industrial Hygiene, Industrial EH&S, Policy Development, and for Sustainability, Natural and Manmade Environmental Disasters










  •    Huimin Chen, Ph.D.
       Associate Professor
       Department of Electrical Engineering
       University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
       New Orleans, LA - 70148




    Research Interests:

  • General areas of signal processing,
  • Estimation theory,
  • Information theory,
  • Applications to target detection and target tracking,
  • Environmental Management of Oil Spill using the above techniques







       Patricia M. Williams, Ph.D., DABT

       Co-ordinator for Toxicology Research Laboratories
       Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences
       Associate Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences
       University of New Orleans
       Room 312 CERM Bldg, 2000 Lakeshore Drive
       New Orleans, Louisiana 70148


    Research Interests:
  • Toxicology: Human Health and Environmental Impacts
  • Toxicology of Coastal Organisms