Norma Jean Mattei


Norma Jean Mattei

STEWARD of rivers and water resources, LEADER of our Profession, DESIGNER of structures, EDUCATOR and MENTOR of future engineers, and ADVISOR to Congress and the Administration

Sixty-fifth National Honor Member Elevated by Chi Epsilon

Dr. Norma Jean Mattei, Ph.D., P.E., F.SEI,M. COPRI, M. ASCE

Dr.Mattei has been a lifelong resident of New Orleans, LA. She received her BSCE degree from Tulane University in 1982 and Ph.D. in 1994, also from Tulane. Prior to grad school she worked as a design and project engineer for Modjeski & Masters (bridge design), Guillot-Vogt Associates (AE, transportation, and industrial design), and Linder & Associates (oil and gas production/drilling project management). Her technical research interests include: management of large watersheds, testing of engineering materials and structures, sustainable reuse of spent construction/fabrication materials and residual stress management. Dr. Mattei is also interested in diversity, licensure and ethics issues in engineering and engineering education. She is married to Richard L. Mattei III (1985) and they have two daughters, Helen Claire Mattei (BSCE 2014) and Genevieve Carstens Mattei (studying Biomedical Engineering). Ms. Mattei is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Louisiana.

Dr.Mattei. a faculty member at the University of New Orleans, has held various positions in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering since 1995. In addition, she is also an advisor for the UNO student Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers and to the LA Epsilon Chapter of Tau Beta Phi. Ms. Mattei was initiated as a Chapter Honor Member by the University of Louisiana – Lafayette Chapter of Chi Epsilon in 2015.

Dr. Mattei has an extensive record beyond the educational arena. She has served at all levels within the American Society of Civil Engineers and currently the immediate Past President of ASCE. She has actively served on the Louisiana Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors (LAPELS) licensure board. While on the State Board, she was tapped to participate in a number of national committees for the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). National recognition of her civil engineering abilities has also been demonstrated by her nomination and appointment by the President of the United States to serve on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi River Commission as one of the two civilian civil engineer commissioners.

Dr. Mattei was elevated as Chi Epsilon’s 65th National Honor Member during the ASCE National Convention held in New Orleans on October 9, 2017. Her elevation comes as she becomes ASCE’s immediate Past President. Kristina Swallow, President, Robin Kemper, President-Elect, Tom Smith, ASCE Executive Director, John Durrant, ASCE Senior Managing Director, Engineering and Lifelong Learning, Carol W. Bowers, Managing Director, Member Communities Division, Leslie Payne, Director of Student & Younger Member Programs, fellow members of Chi Epsilon, along with family and friends were present during the elevation ceremony.

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