Learning From Disasters: 9/11, Katrina, and Sandy

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 ( 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm )

Location: Babbio 122, Stevens Institute of Technology

A talk by Scott G. Knowles, PhD
Associate Dean, Pennoni Honors College and Associate Professor of History, Drexel University

What are engineers "learning" from disasters? Scott Knowles will take up this question by discussing 3 recent disasters - the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001; Hurricane Katrina in 2005; and Hurricane Sandy in 2012. He will assess engineering responses, and suggest ways that engineers could do more to meet the risks and challenges that these disasters have forced us to confront.  

Scott G. Knowles is a historian of modern cities with a focus on risk and disaster. He is an Associate Professor of History at Drexel University and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry. He completed his PhD at Johns Hopkins University in the Department of the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology in 2003, after completing an MA in History and BA in History and Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of The Disaster Experts: Mastering Risk in Modern America and Imagining Philadelphia: Edmund Bacon and the Future of the City, and has published articles, essays, and book reviews in The Next American City, History and Technology, the New York Times, and Annals of Science, among others.