President Obama Nominates Norma Jean Mattei to Mississippi River Commission. University of New Orleans professor Norma Jean Mattei has been nominated by President Barack Obama as a commissioner of the Mississippi River Commission. In that capacity, Mattei will help oversee a drainage basin that covers 41 percent of the nation. Established in 1879, the Mississippi River Commission combines expertise from private civil engineers, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to work to prevent destructive flooding, foster navigation and promote commerce.
Mattei is a professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Louisiana, and was a design and project engineer in the New Orleans area from 1982 to 1989. She has served in a variety of leadership roles in the American Society of Civil Engineers, most recently as Region 5 director on the National Board of Direction. She is also the chair of the Education Committee for the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. "The Mississippi River plays such an important role in the economic health of our nation, but with today's changing weather patterns, we can't forget that the mighty Mississippi can have a major impact on the safety of the people living on her banks," Mattei said.
"I am very excited to serve the public in this capacity." Mattei's appointment will become official following confirmation from the U.S. Senate. She will serve as commissioner for a 9-year term.