Spring 2016


The BP Oil Spill Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico
What Have We Learned? Are We Safer? Are the Impacts Over?


Friday, April 22, 2016
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Campus Center Ballroom A

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Westerholm presentation

The 2010 BP offshore blowout killed 11 people, released approximately 200 million gallons of oil, and contaminated hundreds of miles of Gulf Coast shoreline. The Office of Response and Restoration (ORR) at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was the government agency with primary responsibility for the technical response to the spill and for restoration. The National Academies continues to advance the science for addressing the blowout and its impacts.

On April 22, ORR Director Dave Westerholmwill be the keynote speaker at an NJIT Technology and Society Forum presentation addressing the spill and its impacts. A prelude to Westerholm’s first-hand account will be provided by Kim Waddell from the National Academies, who has dealt directly with stakeholders impacted by the spill.

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As a senior U.S. government executive and ORR director, Westerholm is responsible for overseeing ORR’s Emergency Response Program and the services of Scientific Support Coordinators who assist Federal On-Scene Coordinators with environmental data, modeling, preparedness aids and training. In addition, he has numerous responsibilities related to the Clean Water Act. Prior to NOAA, Westerholm was vice president of Anteon Corporation and then General Dynamics. He is also a retired Coast Guard captain with extensive experience in engineering, search and rescue, and marine security.

Waddell is a senior program officer with the Gulf Research Program, as well as a study director with the Ocean Studies Board at the National Academies in Washington, D.C. His recent reports include “An Ecosystem Services Approach to Assessing the Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico” and “Evaluating the Effectiveness of Fish Stock Rebuilding Plans in the United States.”

This presentation qualifies for PDH/CEU.
Co-sponsors: NJIT Technology and Society Forum Committee, Albert Dorman Honors College, John A. Reif, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
NJIT welcomes attendees from all area colleges and universities.
For More Information: contact Professor Michel Boufadel at boufadel@njit.edu or (973) 596-6079.