May 6, 2008

ECE Instructor Mark Rabalais, ME Assistant Professor Dorel Moldovan and CEE Assistant Professor Frank Tsung-Chen Tsai were recognized for demonstrated excellence in instruction by the Tiger Athletic Foundation (TAF) on May 6, when each received the 2008 TAF Undergraduate Teaching Award at this year's Distinguished Faculty Awards Reception. The three instructors were among 26 LSU teaching faculty members recognized.

Before joining LSU's ECE teaching staff, Mark Rabalais served in the U.S. Navy as an electronics technician and nuclear reactor operator until 1990. He then went on to earn a BS in 1995 and an MS in 1998, both in Physics, at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now University of Louisiana, Lafayette. He also received an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1999. Rabalais currently serves as instructor for three EE undergraduate courses: Circuits 2, Comprehensive Electrical Engineering and Electrical and Magnetic Fields. His research interests include plasmas for semiconductor fabrication, and ion beam materials analysis techniques.

Dorel Moldovan, assistant professor in ME, earned his BS in Engineering Physics at the University of Bucharest in Romania in 1989, and both his MS and PhD in Physics at West Virginia University in 1996 and 1999, respectively. Prior to joining the ME faculty in August 2002, Moldovan spent two years (1999 – 2001) as a post-doctoral researcher, and the following year as a visiting scientist, in the Materials Science Division of Argonne National Laboratory and Institute for Nanotechnology in Karlsruhe, Germany. His research focuses on atomistic and mesoscale materials modeling and simulation; thin films, and interfacial materials.

Frank Tsung-Chen Tsai, P.E., is an assistant professor in CEE teaching undergraduate courses in Fluid Mechanics, Hydrology and Ground Water. He earned a BS in 1993 and an MS in 1995 at Taiwan’s National Chung Hsing University; he received his PhD at the University of California at Los Angeles in 2002. His research interests in groundwater management include but are not limited to groundwater flow and fate and transport modeling in aquifer systems, geospatial heterogeneity reconstruction, electrical resistivity tomography (ERT), saltwater intrusion modeling and management, multi-reservoir operations optimization and hydropower optimization, and coastal environmental modeling and management.

The TAF Undergraduate Teaching Award, a one-time, $1,000 honor, recognizes up to four full-time faculty members annually for extraordinary classroom teaching. To choosing award recipients, TAF considers nominees’ impact on and involvement with students, contributions to the profession of teaching, and a focus on scholarship in teaching and learning.

Article by Kip Britton for the College of Engineering, 225-578-5706, mlavall@lsu.edu 

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