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Theme: The Blue & Red is Shaping the future

This event occurred on
May 9, 2012
4:00am - 7:00pm CDT
(UTC -5hrs)
Ruston, LA
United States

In a time of great challenges and needs, it is our duty to find a balanced and dignified future for all the ones to come after us. Universities, although somewhat confined by the necessity of a pragmatic structure, represent a human-scientific ecosystem – a miniature live “Library of Alexandria”. And as we stream to achieve and create, many obstacles are found and a few are overcome. In this talk we would like to show these few distinct individuals, their ideas and their beliefs in what is “Shaping the Future”.

Stone Theatre
1310 Railroad Avenue
Ruston, LA, 71272
United States
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Dr. Erez Allouche is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Louisiana Tech University, Director of the Trenchless Technology Center and a licensed professional. His work focuses on the development of new technologies and materials for underground construction. He is the inventor (or co-inventor) of fourteen (14) patents in the areas of buried infrastructure and alternative cementitious binders, and the author of more than two hundred publications in these areas. Dr. Allouche served as the principal/co-investigator on 90 research projects funded by federal and state agencies and private corporations, totaling over $11 M. He is the Associate Editor of the recently launched ASCE Journal of Pipeline Systems, and served as a reviewer for numerous technical journals, technical conferences and grant awarding agencies.

Heath Tims

Dr. Heath Tims, is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Louisiana Tech University. He received his B.S. degree from Louisiana Tech and his M.S and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Tims teaches Computer Aided Modeling that utilizes the software needed for prototyping and marketing, as well as Dynamic Systems and Mechatronics, which involves mechanical and electrical component integration. In addition to his teaching experience, Dr. Tims worked from 2001 until 2006 in a research and prototyping facility at the University of Texas where he played a pivotal role in developing numerous prototypes for industrial companies. While at Louisiana Tech, Dr. Tims has focused primarily on engineering education and multidisciplinary collaborative projects. He has been one of the lead faculty on the NASA-Threads (physics) K12 curriculum, as well as the Cyber Discovery camp, the Studies in Cyberspace honors course, and now a high school Cyber Science course. These successful education initiatives have not only had a large regional impact, but have garnered the attention of federal agencies. These engineering education and multidiscipline collaborative efforts have resulted in significant funding to the university.

Michael Swanbom

Dr. Michael Swanbom is a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Louisiana Tech University. He received his B.S. degree from LeTourneau University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Louisiana Tech University. Dr. Swanbom has been a key player in the development of the Living With The Lab freshman and sophomore curriculum at Louisiana Tech, and currently coordinates the integrated Statics and Mechanics of Materials course in that sequence. He also instructs a variety of upper level mechanical engineering courses. In addition to teaching and developing curriculum, Dr. Swanbom is a licensed Professional Engineer who has served as a consultant in several legal cases. He is a strong proponent of liberal education, and has many interests outside engineering, including vocal performance, tennis, automotive restoration, and playing with his two-year-old daughter.

Arun Jaganathan

Dr. Arun Jaganathan is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at Louisiana Tech University. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Louisiana Tech University. His research focuses on developing advanced non-destructive testing and energy harvesting technologies for the buried infrastructure systems. Some of the technologies he helped develop includes advanced electromagnetic and acoustic sensors for the condition assessment of buried pipelines and energy harvesting mechanism for the sewer and storm water pipes. He is the inventor or co-inventor of 5 patents in the area of buried pipeline infrastructure. He is actively involved in technology commercialization activities and an Ultra wideband radar he helped develop for the condition assessment of buried pipelines has been licensed to a private partner by Louisiana Tech University.

Lee Sawyer

Dr. H. Lee Sawyer is the Academic Director of Chemistry and Physics, Louisiana Tech University. Dr. Sawyer received his Ph.D. in 1991in Physics from the Florida State University; and his B.S., Magna cum Laude, in 1985 in Physics from Northeast Louisiana University. His awards and recognitions include Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award (2008), Louisiana Tech Engineering & Science Foundation Outstanding Service Award, January, 2008, Spruell Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Science, October, 2004-present, Virgil Orr Undergraduate Junior Faculty Award, September, 2003, W.J. Spinks Distinguished Professor of Physics, Louisiana Tech University, August, 2000, Physics Program Chair, 1999-2003 and 2005-2011; and Outstanding Achievement in Research Award, Louisiana Tech College of Engineering and Science, 1998. He is a member of Sigma Xi research honor society; Sigma Pi Sigma (SPS) physics honor society and Advisor for the Louisiana Tech chapter; Phi Kappa Phi honor society; and Mortar Board honor and service society. He is also a member of the American Physical Society, including A.P.S. Division of Particles and Fields and A.P.S. International Physics Group; the American Association for Engineering Education; the Society of Physics Students (and has served on the SPS national council); and the Fermilab Users Association (where he has served on the executive committee). Dr. Sawyer is a particle physicist, and has worked on a number of particle physics experiments in the United States and abroad. He is the principal investigator for the Louisiana Tech High Energy Physics group, and has over 450 peer-reviewed published papers.

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Ruston, LA, United States


Ruston, LA, United States
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