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Faculty & Staff

Our faculty and staff are leaders in their fields. As subject matter experts and dedicated educators, their passion is for providing students with the instruction and experiences they need to become future leaders, thinkers, and doers.

Department Head

Kenneth McManis, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor

337-482-6512
kmcmanis@louisiana.edu
Madison Hall, Room 260A

Geotechnical Engineering
  • Ph. D., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, 1975
  • M.S., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, 1966
  • B.S., University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA, 1963

Faculty


Samuel Cooper

Michael Dunaway, PhD

Research Professor


337-482-0615
mdunaway@louisiana.edu

Crisis Disaster, Risk Management and Systems Engineering

·       Ph.D., George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 2010

·       MA., Tufts University, Medford, Mass., 1990

·       B.S. United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, 1973

Daniel Gang, Ph.D., P.E.
Endowed Professor

337-482-5184
ddgang@louisiana.edu
Madison Hall, Room 254C

Environmental Engineering

  • Ph. D., University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 2001
  • M.S., University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 1999
  • M.S., Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, 1988
  • B.S., Henan University, Kaifeng, China, 1985

 

Vijaya (VJ) K.A. Gopu, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor
Associate Director, Louisiana Transportation Research Center

337-482-6847
vkg7189@louisiana.edu, or
v.gopu@la.gov

Structural Engineering, Structural Mechanics

·       Ph.D., Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 1975

·       M.S., Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 1972

·       BE, Andhra University, Waltair, India, 1971

Emad Habib, Ph.D., P.E.
Endowed Professor

337-482-6513
habib@louisiana.edu
Madison Hall, Room 254E

Hydrology

  • Ph. D., University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 2001
  • M.S., Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, 1996
  • M.S., Polytechnic University of Bari, Bari, Italy, 1992
  • B.S., Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, 1987

Russel C. Hibbeler, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor

337-482-5747
hibbeler@louisiana.edu
Rougeou Hall, Room 231

Engineering Mechanics and Structural Analysis

·       Ph.D.

·       M.S.

·       B.S.

Mohammad J. Khattak, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor

337-482-5356
khattak@louisiana.edu
Madison Hall, Room 254J

Transportation Systems and Meterials Engineering

  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 1999
  • M.S., Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 1995
  • B.S. Honors, UET, Peshawar, Pakistan, 1992

A.J. “Sonny” Launey, M.S., P.E.
Adjunct Professor

Structural Engineering

·       M.S., University of  Louisiana, Lafayette, LA,

·       B.S., University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA

Kam K. Mouassaghi, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor Emeritus

337-482-6847
kkm9937@louisiana.edu

Project Management and Systems Engineering

·       Ph.D., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

·       M.S., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

·       B.S., University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA, 1963

Wayne W. Sharp, M.S., P.E.
Instructor

337-482-
wws6325@louisiana.edu

Environmental and Water Resources Engineering

·       M.S.C.E., Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS, 1991

·       B.S.C.E., University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 1986

Xiaoduan Sun, Ph.D., P.E.
Endowed Professor

337-482-6514
xsun@louisiana.edu
Madison Hall, Room 254K

Transportation, Traffic and Safety Engineering

  • Ph.D. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 1994
  • M.S. Xian Highway Transportation University, China, 1985
  • B.S., Xian Highway Transportation University, China, 1982

Jovan Tatar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

337-482-1118
jtatar@louisiana.edu

Structural Engineering, Material Characterization

·       Ph.D., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2016

·       M.S., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2013

·       B.S., University of Montenegro, Podgorica, Montenegro, 2011

Qian Zhang, PhD
Assistant Professor


337-482-5802
qxz7311@louisiana.edu
Madison Hall, Room 239


Structural Engineering

  • Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2015
  • M.S. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2010
  • B.S. Tsinghua University, China, 2009

Staff

 

Sharon Hall
Administrative Assistant

337-482-6847
civil@louisiana.edu
Madison Hall, Room 260

Mark LeBlanc
Laboratory Technician

B.S. Industrial Technology
University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL)
Lafayette, LA, 1996

(337) 482-1165
mark_leblanc@louisiana.edu
Madison Hall, Room 141B