Magazine article University Business

In the Wake of Katrina: Rebuilding a Campus and a City

Magazine article University Business

In the Wake of Katrina: Rebuilding a Campus and a City

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Ten years ago, Wendell Wendling faced the uncertain future of so many New Orleans residents. Hurricane Katrina had destroyed his home and forced him and his family to take shelter with his brother in Poplarville, Mississippi. Determined to return to the city he loved, Wendell began the painful process of salvaging what he could of life before Katrina and stepping back into his role as an energy solutions performance engineer with Johnson Controls.

Wendell's work took him to Tulane University, whose flooded campus suffered extensive damage. Forced to cancel its fall semester, the school made the bold pledge to resume classes within five short months.

Going back and giving back

Returning to New Orleans and immersing himself in work at Tulane helped Wendell put aside his personal challenges and focus on rebuilding one of the city's crown jewels. He worked with Johnson Controls to restore power to the campus and rebuild electrical and mechanical systems. …

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