Posted February 24, 2010 Atlanta, GA
Georgia Tech Professor Reginald DesRoches will present his first-hand account of the damage that resulted from January's earthquake in Haiti along with recommendations on rebuilding to members of Congress along with the World Bank on Thursday in Washington, D.C.
DesRoches spent several days in Port-au-Prince following at the end of January and beginning of February assessing the infrastructure damage sustained in the country.
Beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, DesRoches will discuss his initial findings with several Congressional committees, beginning with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, followed by meetings with the House Foreign Relations Committee and the House Science and Technology Committee. The staff of Georgia Rep. John Lewis will join DesRoches during his meeting with the House Foreign Relations Committee.
These briefings will be followed by a brown bag lunch at the World Bank, where he will present his findings alongside other national and international researchers.
DesRoches will be traveling back to Haiti at the beginning of March for further evaluation of the country's condition.
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