October 19, 2007

Please join us in welcoming our new faculty and staff, listed below noting their areas of specialization. Also included are our friends from the LSU Agricultural Center who work with the College’s (CoE) Biological & Agricultural Department (BAE). The 2007/2008 “Faculty & Staff Areas of Specialization” directory (AoS) will be published and posted on the CoE website in November 2007.

NEW FACULTY:

 

BAE and LSU Agricultural Center

 

Fred E. Baker

Professor-Extension

PhD (1992), Louisiana State University

Disaster recovery, residential structural education, housing and mitigation

 

Hassan S. Mashriqui, P.E.

Assistant Extension Professor - Coastal Engineering

PhD (2003), Louisiana State University

Modeling of coastal and inland flooding due to hurricanes/cyclones, GIS and LIDAR technology based environmental modeling, wastewater treatment and use, pollution control, wetland ecology

 

Subramaniam Sathivel

Assistant Professor

PhD (2001), Louisiana State University

Food engineering and value-added food product/process development

 

Chemical Engineering

 

Michael J. Benton

Assistant Professor, Holder of the Gordon A. and Mary Cain Professorship II

PhD (2007), University of Wisconsin-Madison

Gnomics, bioengineering, metabolic engineering, biosensors

 

Francisco R. Hung

Jay Assistant Professor

Holder of the Gordon A. and Mary Cain Professorship I

PhD (2005), North Carolina State University

Nanoporous materials and confined systems, liquid crystals, self-and directed assembly at the nanoscale, computational modeling and molecular simulation

 

Civil & Environmental Engineering

 

Michele Barbato

Instructor

MS (2005), University of California in San Diego

Modeling and analysis of structural and geotechnical systems, retrofitting and structural dynamics, earthquake engineering, random vibration theory, stochastic process modeling, computational reliability analysis, finite element response sensitivity analysis of structural and geotechnical systems 

 

Mostafa Eleseifi 

Assistant Professor

PhD (2003) Virginia Polytechnic and State University

Pavement modeling and design, field and laboratory characterization of asphalt mixtures

 

Heather Smith  

Instructor

MS (2004), The Ohio State University

Coastal sediments

 

Construction Management & Industrial  Engineering

 

Marwa Hassan

Assistant Professor

PhD (2003), Virginia Tech

Sustainable construction and construction simulation

 

Laura Ikuma  

Assistant Professor

PhD (2007), Virginia Tech

Human factors/ergonomics, safety, musculoskeletal disorders, psychosocial factors, biomechanics, industrial engineering

 

Isabelina Nahmens   

Assistant Professor

PhD (2007), University of Central Florida

Quality engineering and management, lean enterprise, six sigma and process improvement, lean construction, green construction

 

Mechanical Engineering

 

Mark Brennan

Research Specialist II

BS (1995), Louisiana State University

Instructional lab support

 

Jack E. Helms, Jr.

Engineer-in-Residence

PhD (1998), Louisiana State University

Mechanics of composite materials, pressure vessels, and computational mechanics

 

Petroleum Engineering

 

Mayank Tyagi

Assistant Professor

PhD (2003), Louisiana State University

Computational fluid dynamics and heat transfer, high performance computing, multiscale and multiphysics algorithms, complex and moving geometry simulations

 

NEW STAFF:

 

BAE and Agricultural Center

 

Denise Attaway

Extension Associate

MA (2003), Louisiana State University

Public relations, media relations, news writing/reporting, editing, photography, and web page design

 

Sundar Balasubramanian

Research Associate

PhD (2005), North Dakota State University

Food engineering and food safety

 

Jeremy R. Birch

Electronics Technician

Meteorological and hydrological sensing equipment, photovoltaic design and installation, HF,VHF, and UHF communication equipment

 

Yin-Lin “Jack” Chiu

Research Associate Coordinator

BS (2006), Louisiana State University

LAIS coordinator

 

Donna T. Elisar

Administrative Program Specialist A

Personnel, purchasing, bookkeeping, inventory, verify leave tracking, and travel 

 

Margarita Khachaturyan

Research Associate

MS (1975), Yerevan State University

Physical and analytical chemistry

 

David L. Moore

Extension Associate

BA (1986) University of West Georgia

LaHouse and extension

 

Diane W. Scimeca

Extension Associate

BID (1994), Louisiana State University

Healthy homes educator, interior design, lighting design

 

Communication Across the Curriculum

 

Jennifer Farrell

Technical Communication Instructor

PhD (2007), Louisiana State University

CxC, technical writing and digital portfolios

 

Office of Development

 

Jessica M. Kemp

Coordinator Faculty Programs and Development 

PhD (2006), Louisiana State University

Faculty recruitment and retention, developing diversity programs

 

Mimi LaValle

Associate Director of Communications and Alumni Relations

BA English (1992), University of Georgia

Communications, publications, event management, and alumni relations

 

Lee Rayner

Associate Director of Development, BAE/CM/IE

BA (1988), Louisiana State University

Donor development for LSU CoE Departments of BAE, CM, and IE

 

Brenda Tate

Administrative Coordinator

BGS (1987), Louisiana State University

Administrative assistance, document formatting, software support, database administrator

 

Women in Engineering Program

 

Ginger Powe

Coordinator

PhD (2003), University of Mississippi

Chemistry education, recruitment and retention of women and minority students in STEM, academic counseling and higher education administration

 

Civil & Environmental Engineering

 

Julie Mueller

Administrative Coordinator 4

Graduate programs, assistantships, recruiting

 

Electrical & Computer  Engineering

 

Richard M. Capone, Jr.

Computer Manager 2

BS (2005), Louisiana State University

Embedded system design, autonomous robotics, GPS, information systems

 

Kerry Lee

Administrative Coordinator 3

AA in B.M. (2007), American Intercontinental University

Administration, coordination, word processing, database management 

 

Mechanical Engineering

 

Dongmei Cao

Director, Materials Characterization Center

PhD (2004), Louisiana State University

Nanocomposite materials; micro-fabrication with electrical discharge machining and compression molding; material characterization with SEM, TEM, and XPS

 

Don Colvin

Research Specialist, ME Shop Technician

BS (1973), Northwestern State University

Nanocomposite materials, micro-fabrication, CNC machining

 

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