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Faculty & Staff

Administrative Faculty

Jonathan R. Raush, Ph.D., PE
Associate Director, Institute for Materials Research & Innovation
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
C-ICME Lab (Cajun-Integrated Computational Materials Engineering)
Research Interests: Integrated Computational Materials Engineering, High Performance Metal Alloys, Advanced Materials Characterization Methods (thermophysical, mechanical, structural), Additive Manufacturing of Metals, Failure Analysis and Prevention

Nicole Barry LeJeune, M.S.
Resource Coordinator, Institute for Materials Research & Innovation
Research Interests: Sustainability, Materials, Manufacturing, Education

Yasmeen Qudsi, M.S.
Research Coordinator, Institute for Materials Research & Innovation
Senior Instructor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Research Interests: Machine Learning, Mechatronics, Medical Device Design, Medical & Service Robotics, Advanced Composites


Suzanne Fredericq, Ph.D.
Professor, Freeport McMoran/LEQSF Regents Professorship
Seaweeds Laboratory
Research Interests: Biodiversity, Phylogeny, Taxonomy, Molecular Systematics and Biogeography of Marine Algae Worldwide (Special Focus on the Gulf of Mexico)

Sherry Krayesky-Self, Ph.D.
Master Instructor, Assistant Department Head
Undergraduate Research Lab
Research Interests: Biomineralization, Phycology, Cell Biology

Chemical Engineering 

William M. Chirdon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator
Research Interests: Biomass Utilization, Polymers, Heat Transfer, Modeling, Sustainable Composite Materials

Dilip Depan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, BORSF Bioprocessing Professorship I
Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Materials (BEAM) Lab
Research Interests: Biomaterials, Nanomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Polymers

Ling Fei, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Chevron Endowed Professorship
Fei Lab
Research Interests: Energy Storage and Conversion, Drug Delivery, Catalysis, Water Purification


Tolga Karsili, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Computational and Theoretical Chemistry, Atmospheric Chemistry, Photochemistry, Spectroscopy, Catalysis, Biomaterials


Radhey S. Srivastava, Ph.D.
Professor, Boudreaux/BoR Distinguished Professor
Research Interests: Organometallic, Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry, Renewable Biomass Energy

Yu Wang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Design of Polymer Architectures via Controlled/Living Polymerization Methods, Applications of Polymeric Materials with Well-Defined Structures in Energy Storage and Conversion Devices, Organic Electronics, Nanodiagnostics, Therapeutics, Stimuli-Responsive Materials

Wu Xu, Ph.D.
Biochemistry Lab
Research Interests: Protein Function and Structure Relation in the Context of Signal Transduction Pathway Using a Combination of Experimental and Theoretical Approaches

Hui Yan, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Yan’s Energy and environmental Surface lab (YEeS lab)
Research Interests: Heterogeneous Catalysis with Operando Spectroscopies, Synthesis, Fabrication, and Characterization of Hierarchical Materials for Electro-Catalysis and Energy Storage, Molecular Understanding of Interactions of Surfactants and Biomolecules, Development and Application of New Instruments in Surface Analysis
Barbara Marchetti, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Institute for Materials Research & Innovation
Research Interests: Computational Modelling, Mechanisms of Catalytic Reactions, Photochemistry, Environmental Chemistry, Spectroscopy

Civil Engineering 

Daniel D. Gang, Ph.D., PE
Professor, Phillip J. Burguieres/BORSF Endowed Professor
Center of Environmental Engineering and Protection (CEEP)
Research Interests: Novel Functional Material Development for Adsorptive Removal of Various Heavy Metals and Organic Pollutants from Aqueous Solutions

Mohammad J. Khattak, Ph.D., PE
Professor, McDermott International/BORSF Professor, M. Eloi Girard/BORSF Professor
Infrastructure and Materials Laboratory (IML)
Research Interests: Advanced Characterization of Infrastructure and Transportation Materials, Application of Nano-Technologies for Developing Advanced Infrastructure Materials, Pavement Design, Pavement Management, and Performance Modeling, Nondestructive Testing and Pavement Performance Evaluation, Numerical Modeling of Materials and Pavement Structures


Rui Zhang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, John E. and Joretta A. Chance Endowed Professorship in Geophysics
School of Geosciences and Department of Physics
Exploration Geophysics Group
Research Interests: Exploration Geophysics, Reflection Seismology, Inverse Theory, CO2 Sequestration


Keng Deng, Ph.D.
Professor, Coca-Cola/BoRSF Endowed Professor in Mathematics
Research Interests: Partial Differential Equations, Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Biology

Xiang-Sheng Wang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Asymptotic analysis, computational mathematics, dynamical systems, mathematical biology, orthogonal polynomials, and special functions

Mechanical Engineering

Alan A. Barhorst, Ph.D., PE, FASME
Professor, Alumni Association/LEQSF Professor, Department Head
Nonlinear Dynamics and Robotics Lab
Research Interests: Large Format 3D Printing with Robots, Fundamental Dynamics of Nonholomic Mechanical Systems, Soft Robotics, Guidance and Control of Aero-Robots, Biomedicine Related to Retinal Hemorrhaging, Understanding ACL injuries in Humans  

William J. Emblom, Ph.D., PE
Metal Forming Lab
Research Interests: Sheet Metal Stamp Forming and Controls, Microscale Sheet and Tube Hydroforming and Control, Friction Stir Processing for Tubes and Cylinders

Tanvir Faisal, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Musculoskeletal Mechanics & Multiscale Materials (4M) Lab
Research Interests: Biomaterials and Biomechanics, Architected Cellular Materials

Seonhee Jang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Multifunctional Materials and Devices Lab
Research Interests: Growth and Characterization of Functional Thin Films Using Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition of Organic/Inorganic Precursors, Development of Printing Technologies with Various Printing 

Petroleum Engineering

Ning Liu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Petroleum Engineering
Research Interests: Enhanced Oil Recovery, CO2 Capture and Storage, Produced Water Treatment

Mehdi Mokhtari, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, LAGCOE/BORSF Endowed Professorship
Southern Unconventional Resources Center of Excellence (SOURCE) Lab
Research Interests: Rock Mechanics, Petrophysics, Formation Evaluation



Michalis Charilaou, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Dr. &. Mrs. Sammie W. Cosper/BORSF Endowed Professorship in Physics
Research Interests: Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, Monte Carlo Simulations, Micromagnetic Simulations, Ferromagnetic Resonance

Manavi Jadhav, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Laboratory Astrophysics and Planetary Science
Research Interests: Presolar (Stardust) Grains, Meteoritics, Isotope Cosmochemistry, Circumstellar and Interstellar dust, Stellar Nucleosynthesis, Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry, Development of Analytical Techniques for the Study of Extraterrestrial Materials

Gabriela Petculescu, Ph.D.
Professor, Graduate Coordinator
Acoustics Laboratory​
Research Profile
Research Interests: Elasticity, Magnetism, New Materials Development, Fe-based and Other Magnetostrictive Alloys, Properties and Performance of AM Alloys, Sensitization of Alloys, Fundamental Physical, Thermal, and Magnetic Properties of Materials, Ultrasonic Techniques, Ultrasonic Sensors, SAW Devices, Nondestructive Evaluation and Structural Health Monitoring (SHM)

Harry J. Whitlow, Ph.D., Sc.D.
Louisiana Accelerator Center (LAC)
Research Interests: Interactions of Energetic Ions with Materials, Materials Analysis with Energetic Ion Beams, Modification of Material with Ion Beams, MeV Ion Microbeams, Mass Spectroscopy, Novel Chemical Analysis Methods

Adjunct Faculty

David Daggett, Ph.D.
Adj. Professor and Institutional Fellow
Research Interests: Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, Sustainable Aviation Fuels, Environmentally progressive aircraft designs and Low Energy Nuclear Reaction technology.

Xingwen Yu, Ph.D.
Adj. Professor and Institutional Fellow
Research Interests: Electrochemical Energy Storage and Conversion, Nanomaterials, Electrocatalysis, Rechargeable Batteries, Fuel Cells