Norma Jean Mattei is Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New Orleans. Prior to that, she had acted as Interim Dean of Engineering at UNO for two years. She now serves as one of two civilian civil engineer Commissioners on the Mississippi River Commission, nominated by President Obama. She recently completed a three year term as a Region 5 Director on the society Board of Direction for ASCE and is on the Executive Committee of the ASCE New Orleans’ Branch SEI/Structures Committee. Her most recent ASCE committee assignments are the Leadership Training Committee and the Committee on Licensure. Norma Jean also has served on several NCEES committees and task forces and chairs the NCEES Education Committee. She was named by the Governor of Louisiana to Louisiana’s licensing board for professional engineers, LAPELS, and just completed her duty as Chairman of the LAPELS Board. Her research areas of interest include diversity in engineering and engineering education, engineering ethics, mitigation of repetitively flooded structures in southeast Louisiana, experimental testing of large parts, residual stress measurement using laser interferometry, and materials testing (fatigue, shear, etc.).
Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI, M.ASCE
SEI Fellow Since 2013