"The Ike Dike" - Euro Chambers Presentation and Networking Event
Eighteen months after the Hurricane Ike's 20-foot storm surge devastated Galveston, Texas, and surrounding areas, local governments are in the midst of making a decision about the proposed "Ike Dike" - an expansion of the existing Galveston Seawall. Whether you are a property owner in Galveston or a potential contractor should this project go forward, you'll want to attend this event to find out the facts.
The Ike Dike, as proposed by professor William Merrell, would extend the existing seawall by over 50 miles and add floodgates that would close before an approaching hurricane. The idea is based on the Delta Works, a series of dams and barriers that protect the southwest Netherlands from storm surge and coastal flooding.
Texas A&M University at Galveston
William J. Merrell is the George P. Mitchell Professor at Texas A&M University at Galveston, a founding partner of Merrell Katsouros LLP, chairman and principal scientist of The Institute for Oceans and Coasts, and president of Merrell Historic Properties, Inc.; a corporation that develops and preserves historic properties.
He has served as president of the H. John Heinz III Center of Science, Economics, and the Environment, vice chancellor for Strategic Programs of the Texas A&M University System, vice president for Research Policy of Texas A&M University, president of Texas A&M University at Galveston, and Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation.
Merrell received the Distinguished Member Award for Research Achievement from the Texas A&M University Chapter of Sigma XI, the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Geosciences of Earth Resources Council, and the Distinguished Service Award of the National Science Foundation for "his lasting impact on the course of American science."