Haiti-led Rebuilding Engineering Education Disaster Recovery Initiative


The Haiti-led Higher Education Disaster Recovery Initiative is a collaboration effort of the Universite Quisqueya, The State University of Haiti, Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University. The session is designed to bring together academicians, government officials, policy makers from international institutions, as well as members of the private sector, in an attempt to discuss the damages inflicted by the 2010 earthquake to the higher education institutions in Haiti and by extension to the physical infrastructure of the country. Panelists will outline the technical, logistical, administrative and financial issues associated with engineering education and will discuss the needs and aspirations of the Haitian institutions. Participants will offer/share strategies, programs and ideas to meet those needs and help Haiti rebuild and improve its engineering and science educational programs.


Evenson Calixte, PhD
Dean of Science, Engineering and Architecture School, Université Quisqueya, Haiti
Evenson Calixte has received with honor his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering at University Quisqueya, Haiti in 1998. He went to Nagoya University in Japan in 1998 where he got his master's degree in 2002 and PhD degree in Power System Engineering in December 2004. Calixte has won the best paper award for young researcher in 2002 from the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan and earned 3rd place graduate student paper contest at the North American Power Symposium 2004, University of Idaho, USA. Calixte is currently a full-time professor at Quisqueya University and the Dean of the school of Science, Engineering and Architecture. He is also the one in charge of the distance education unit at Quisqueya. He is a part-time lecturer in power systems at the School of Science of Haiti State University (Université d'Etat d'Haiti). His professional activities include serving as a member of the Energy Commission for the transitional elected government of President Préval in 2006. Calixte has published many papers in power systems area. He is fluent in French, Creole, Japanese and English.

Universite Quisqueya president Jacky Lumarque
among the rubble of the Port-au-Prince campus
Lucas Oleniuk/Toronto Sur

Quisqueya University in Haiti
after the 7.0 earthquake on Jan. 12

Rubble of the School of Science of the State University of Haiti

Delmas Neighborhood Street

Hérissé Guirand, PhD
Dean for Administrative Affairs from the School of Sciences, State University of Haiti
Hérissé Guirand graduated with a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering from the State University of Haiti in 1981. He earned a Master's Degree in Information Systems Applied to Management from the University Paul Sabatier of Toulouse (France) in 1984. He had an internship at IBM France in Quality Control Department (1984). He is an anti-money-laundering specialist. He has 30 years of experience in Education, Planning, and Information Technology. Herisse Guirand has spent more than twenty years as a University Professor in Haiti (School of Engineering). He has worked for the Government of Haiti in the field of Information Technology from 1984 to 1994. In 1989 he co-founded Turbo System S.A. in the fields of Engineering and Information Systems integration. In the U.S. he has worked as the Chief Information Officer of Boby Express, a Money Service Business (1999-2008). He is currently a board member for the School of Engineering at the State University of Haiti where he is in charge of Administrative Affairs with the rank of Dean. He is also an advisor in the field of Energy, attached to the Office of the Ministry of Public Works, Transport, Energy and Communication.

Jasmin Preval
Dean for School of Sciences and Engineering, Université Lumière of Haiti
Prof. Jasmin Preval received a bachelor's degree in Electronic Engineering from the School of Sciences at the State University of Haiti in 1994. He has also a diploma in Management from University Lumière in 2004. He has done Electro technical engineering studies at ISRAH (Institut des Sciences et de Recherches Appliquées d'Haiti) from 1988 - 1993. He has 16 years of experiences in Education, Planning and Information Technology. Jasmin Preval has over ten years experience as a University Professor in Haiti. He has worked for RECTEL SA (Cellular Networking in Haiti) from 1999 to 2003. Prof. Preval is a part time lecturer at Quisqueya University - Haiti. He is currently an IT consultant at POZ - Promoteurs Objectifs Zerosida. He is the Dean of the School of Sciences and Engineering at University Lumière.

Judith Princeton, PhD
National Laboratory for Buildings and Public Works
Judith Princeton has a Civil Engineering degree from Université Quisquéya, in Port-au-Prince Haiti, Masters degrees in Transportation engineering from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, and a Doctoral degree from Université Paris-Est, in France. She joined the National Laboratory for Buildings and Public Works of Haiti in 1999 where she is currently the Applied Research coordinator.

Sylvan Jolibois Jr., PhD
Florida International University, USA
Dr. Jolibois is Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Urban Planning and Deputy Director of the Lehman Center for Transportation Research, in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Florida International University. He joined the Department in Fall of 1993. He earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering at Howard University (1985), in Washington DC, and completed his graduate studies in Civil Engineering (Ph.D, M.S.) and Energy and Natural Resources Studies (M.A.) at the University of California at Berkeley (1993). His research interests are in the areas of Transportation Technology, Policy, Planning and Transportation and Economic Development at both the national and international levels. Nationally, Dr. Jolibois has performed research on the impacts of transportation networks on economic development in Florida and in the Pacific Rim States of Alaska, Oregon, Washington and California. As a Dwight D. Eisenhower Fellow at the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Turner-Fairbank Research Center in McLean, VA, Dr. Jolibois completed a study on possible applications of satellite communications technologies for highway users needs as part of the federal government Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) program.. At the international level, Dr. Jolibois has performed research on the management of transportation resources within multisectoral rural development projects in the Caribbean. Dr. Jolibois is a member of several professional societies, including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), the American Planning Association (APA), and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE).

Caesar Abi Shdid, Ph.D., P.E.
Florida International University, USA
Caesar Abi Shdid is a Senior Instructor, a Graduate and DAS faculty at the College of Engineering and Computing. His research centers on how to apply artificial intelligence algorithms to thermal modeling of buildings and to condition assessment of structures. Abi Shdid graduated from the Lebanese American University (State University of New York) in 1999 with a B.E. in Civil Engineering. In 2001, he earned a M.S. in Building Construction from the University of Florida. In 2004, he earned a Ph.D. in Building Construction with a minor in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida. In 2005, he earned a second M.S. in Civil Engineering with Structural Engineering specialization from the University of Florida. In January 2006, he joined the faculty of Florida International University as an Instructor of Civil and Environmental Engineering as an Undergraduate Advisor and Director of Technology Transfer and Training. In July 2009, he was appointed as Director of External Programs for the College of Engineering and Computing, where he manages all professional and continuing education programs for the College, as well as all Distance Learning programs. He is a licensed professional engineer and a member of multiple professional societies.

Maria M. Larrondo Petrie, PhD
Associate Dean of International Affairs, Florida Atlantic University
LACCEI Executive Director
Dr. Larrondo Petrie is Executive Director of LACCEI (Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions - www.LACCEI.org). She is Vice Chair of Engineering for the Americas, headquartered at the Organization of American States (www.efta.oas.org). She serves on the boards of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES - www.ifees.net), ASIBEI (Asociación Iberoamericana de Instituciones de Enseñanza de Ingeniería -www.asibei.org ) and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE -www.asee.org ) International Division, Women in Engineering Division, and Minorities in Engineering Division. Her research interests focus on Security, Modeling of Complex Systems, and Global Engineering Education. She has more than 200 refereed publications with over 100 citations and has been awarded more than three million in grants.

Erick Mathurin, MS
Project Manager
Erick Mathurin began working in the construction field in his native land, Haiti, in 1975 at the Etablissement Raymond Flambert, Construction Materials SA, helping customers/contractors buy materials for Residential Constructions. In November 1976, he moved to the US where he earned Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS), and Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology, and Master of Arts (MA) in Economics at the City University of New York (CUNY). With engineering in mind, he earned his MS in Transportation Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), in February 1999. From 1976-2003 he worked for various private and public entities , e.g., Chemical Bank - Teller, Bloomingdales Dept. Stores – Supervisor, and New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) as an Associate Staff Analyst. In January 2003, he moved to Florida with the goal of pursuing his Civil Engineering degree, earning a BSCE in April 2006 at Florida International University (FIU). From December 2005 to June 2006, he was Project Manager overseeing the Pavement Distress Analysis study for the City of North Miami Road Network, at the consulting firm JHS & Associates, Inc., Miami, FL. In 2007, he returned to New York and was successfully employed by the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) as a Junior Engineer, then Principal Engineering Technician, responsible in the preparation of plans, written materials and estimations for several NYSDOT Projects throughout Long Island, New York. In addition, he has pursued his interest in the engineering/construction field by attending Nassau Community College (NCC) with the intent of earning a Construction Project Manager Certificate in August 2012. He currently works as a consultant for JHS & Associates, Inc., in Miami, FL.

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