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Seeking Storm Surge Solutions in El Paso

One of the biggest minority-serving schools in the United States has partnered with the Coastal Resilience Center to combat infrastructure erosion as it affects shoreside settlements.

Students at the University of Texas at El Paso spent the past few summer months seeking solutions to the problems posed by perennial storms and what they do to coastal highways.

One of those students is Jose Carrasco, who explained in a recent interview that being part of federally sponsored research has given him a great desire to go the extra mile.

“It leaves me wanting more,” he noted.

Carrasco is a former servicemember whose occupational speciality lends itself to core civil engineering competencies that he is mastering while working with Dr. Vivek Tandon.

Those two proficient planners were able to produce a framework over the course of last season that will serve as the basis for new ways to save sandy roads from rising tides.

Financial assistance provided by the Department of Homeland Security for that purpose will also keep their research on track to help the whole country according to Tandon.

“We are trying to build something which will support the future,” he confided.

The Coastal Resilience Center maintains similar partnerships with other institutions of higher learning like Johnson C. Smith University and New York City College of Technology.

Those partners receive the prestigious benefit of being able to involve their students in federal endeavors and premier projects that promote resilience at the national level.

Work on those projects will continue insofar as priorities assessed by the Department of Homeland Security stay congruent with congressional appetites for further research.

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