President's Monthly Chapter Message

Louisiana Engineering Society – New Orleans Chapter

 Presidents April Message 

       John M. Jackson, P.E

 

Get ready for a field trip!

On April 17th we are honored to have Mr. Ghassan Korban, the Executive Director of the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans presenting to us the Sewerage and Water Board’s new West Power Complex. Immediately following the presentation, we will be given a tour of the complex.

Please register here:

https://neworleanschapter.les-state.org/next-meeting-information/

Please register as soon as possible! All registrations must be submitted online no later than noon on April 16, to guarantee seating. Payment is required online via our secure registration portal. As usual, we will be streaming this event, so if you can’t make it in person, please register to attend on-line.

Event Details:

Topic: Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans West Power Complex

Speaker: Ghassan Korban, PE

Date: April 17, 2024

Check-in and Networking: 11:30am – 12:00pm

Luncheon and Presentation: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

West Power Complex Tour: Following Presentation

Location: Southport Hall

200 Monticello Ave

New Orleans, LA 70121

Menu: Buffet Style

A certificate for 1.0 PDH will be provided at the luncheon for in-person attendees and by email for on-line attendees.

At our April 17 meeting, we will hold our board member elections. Our nominating committee met and have made the following nominations:

1st VP/President Elect: Eric Wright

2nd VP: Caroline Christmas

Treasurer: Jonathan Giardina

Secretary: Amanda Reusch

Director: Connor Glennon

Director: Pierre Champagne

All these members have previously served the LES-NO board and committees in various capacities. Please be prepared to vote at this meeting. If you are a member and would like to nominate someone else for any of these positions, please email the names to us in advance. If you would like to serve on a committee or the board in the future, please approach any of the current board members, and we will welcome your service.

Ghassan Korban, P.E. has led the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans as its executive director since September 2018. The Board of Directors chose Mr. Korban to be this utility’s first permanent head since August 2017 because of his extensive background in infrastructure management and proven track record of innovation.

A civil engineer, Mr. Korban served the City of Milwaukee for 31 years – the final eight as director of its Department of Public Works – before heading south to trade snowstorms for hurricanes. He brought with him successful stormwater management strategies that could prove invaluable in a city mostly below sea level.

During his career in Milwaukee, managed the planning, design and construction of the city’s first modern streetcar system and coordinated construction of the supporting infrastructure for the new Milwaukee Bucks Basketball Arena. He also negotiated a regional water sale deal to the City of Waukesha and successfully incorporated a Green Infrastructure Matrix within Milwaukee’s Transportation Division.

Mr. Korban maintained a robust schedule of civic engagement, serving on the City of Milwaukee Capitol Improvement Committee, the Metropolitan Sewerage Board of Commission and Streetcar Review Committee, the Summer Fest Technical Task Force, the Sculpture MKE Technical Committee and the board of several community and nonprofit organizations.

As SWBNO’s executive director, Mr. Korban guides a utility of 1,500 employees as they maintain and operate New Orleans’ water, sewer and drainage systems. He will oversee the master planning process to transform this long-serving and vital organization to better respond to both steady subsidence and stronger storms. He has made it his career goal to move SWBNO away from its antiquated infrastructure and into a new era of innovation in the field of water management.

The proud father of four children, Mr. Korban holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in business administration from Marquette University in Milwaukee.

With over a century of service, LES is the only active engineering organization in the State of Louisiana that serves all disciplines and every area of practice. LES serves as the voice of Louisiana’s Professional Engineers on the regulation of the practice of engineering in our state through our lobbying efforts and our liaison with the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board (LAPELS).

Thanks again for your dedication to the practice of professional engineering.

John M. Jackson, P.E.

President, New Orleans Chapter of the Louisiana Engineering Society

2023-2024

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