Meet The Faculty:


Department: College of Art + Design

Title: Dean of the College of Art + Design

Best Known For: Tsolakis has worked as an architectural consultant for Oke Thomas & Associates in Springfield, Missouri, Bass Pro Shops’ corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, and Atelier for Architecture and Design in Zurich, Switzerland. He was also the project architect for the National University of Athens in Greece.

Awards and Accolades:

  • 2012, Deanship of the LSU College of Art & Design
  • 2016, Officier of the French Republic’s Ordre des Palmes Academiques

"Art is taking the knowledge that comes from science, and applying it to enrich - to ensure - that people’s lives are meaningful at another level."

Alkis Tsolakis has studied, practiced, and taught art and architecture on three continents. He has led study abroad programs for different institutions for the last 30 years and was the founding director of the Drury University Center in Greece. He directed the architecture and interior design programs at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, leading the university’s successful effort to obtain professional accreditation. Tsolakis has worked as Atelier for Architecture and Design in Zurich, Switzerland and was the project architect for the National University of Athens in Greece. During his tenure at LSU, the College of Art & Design has seen a significant increase in the numbers of international students and faculty.


Department: Physics & Astronomy

Title: Professor of Physics & Astronomy

Best Known For: Proving Einstein’s theory of relativity and developing ways to trace gravitational waves that would otherwise be untraceable. Her research with Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory, LIGO, helped the 2015 discovery of gravitational waves that were traced to the collision of two black holes nearly 1.3 billion years ago.

Current Projects: Researching noise reduction for interferometric gravitational wave detectors, and searching the data for those gravitational waves.

Courses Taught:
General Physics for technical students Introduction to Electricity, Magnetism and Optics Classical Mechanics

In The News:
Nature Magazine’s “Top 10 People Who Mattered this Year” (2016) Global source for Science News, EuekAlert “Top high-energy prize awarded to LSU physicist and LGO scientist Gabriela Gonzalez”

Awards and Accolades:
2017, National Academy of Sciences Award for Scientific Discovery 2016, Jesse W. Beams award, Southeastern Section of American Physical Society 2016, “Scientist of the year”, HENAAC award, awarded by GISM (Great Minds in STEM) 2016, Manne Siegbahn medal, AlbaNova University Center, Stockholm 2016, Gruber Cosmology Prize 2016, “Pioneer in Science”, World Science Festival, New York City 2016, Distinction Brigadier General Juan Baustista Bustos, awarded by Cordoba state government 2016, Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics Awarded For Detection Of Gravitational Waves 100 Years After Albert Einstein Predicted Their Existence

"There are lots of research opportunities for all kinds of students, undergraduates and graduates, because we attract a lot of funding."

Gabriela González is a professor of physics and astronomy from Argentina whose research focus is gravitational waves. She served as spokesperson for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration in 2001 – 2017 and collaborates with their organization to develop ultrasensitive technology and data analysis for detecting these waves.


Department: Physics & Astronomy

Title: Professor

Best Known For: Research regarding production and application of ultrafast pulses of light and their effect on electrons.

Current Projects: Working in the LSU attosecond theory group on the application of the TDSE and Maxwell wave equation to HHG from transparent solids, attonsecond transient absorption, and filamentation of intense mid-infrared laser pulses.

Awards and Accolades:
2015, LSU Alumni Association Faculty Excellence Award 2015, Fellow, Optical Society of America 2011, Fellow, American Physical Society

"In the U.S. and education generally, we are very big on inquiry. We’re very big on engaging students in asking why and how."

Mette Gaarde is from Denmark and is a professor in the physics & astronomy department at Louisiana State University (LSU). Her research is primarily in atomic, molecular, and optical physics.


Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Title: Assistant Professor

Best Known For: His work with wind power engineering, high-rise buildings, and green energy infrastructure.

Current Projects: Windstorm impact, science and engineering (WISE) research with LSU and ASCE publication on the natural hazards of wind engineering.

Courses Taught:

  • Structural Analysis
  • Wind Engineering
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Structural Control

"The University invests a lot in encouraging undergraduate students to come research."

Dr. Aly Mousaad Aly is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Louisiana State University (LSU). His research interests focus on experimental wind engineering and structural dynamics and how to implement this knowledge into the infrastructure of different communities.


Department: Information Systems & Decision Sciences

Title: Professor and director of globalization in the E.J. Ourso College of Business

Best Known For: Introducing American business models to Chinese companies that wanted to come to America.

Current Projects: LSU Global Academics & Quality Committee, Committee Chair Louisiana Water Resources Research Institute, Advisory Board Member Dean's Advisory Council: Energy Committee, Committee Member Environmental Finance and Entrepreneurship The “Flying High, Landing Soft” Platform of Global Entrepreneurship

Courses Taught:

  • Emerging Markets Energy Supply Chain Management
  • International Management Challenges
  • Entrepreneurship in China
  • Management of Information Resources
  • Sourcing in China
  • Database Management

Awards and Accolades:

  • 2014–2017, Francis M. Dud Coates MBA Professorship, E. J. Ourso College of Business.
  • 2015–2016, The Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award, Louisiana State University.
  • 2011–2014, Robert J. Peltier Professorship in MBA Studies, E. J. Ourso College of Business.
  • 2010–2011, John W. Dupuy Endowed Professorship, College of Business.
  • Faculty, Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute.

"The beauty of LSU, is that we help you succeed and leverage resources."

Ye-Sho Chen is a professor and director of globalization in the E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University (LSU). His work with Chinese companies has helped bring Chinese businesses into the United States. His work led to the creation of the China Initiative in 2006 and he continues to work towards building bridges between international markets.


Department: Department of Geology & Geophysics

Title: Associate Professor, Curator and AASP Chair

Best Known For: Her Antarctic research and its contribution to climate change findings.

Current Projects: Palynological research in Antarctica, Gulf of Mexico, Tanzania, South China Sea and Indus Fan.

Courses Taught:

  • Micropaleontology
  • Historical Geology

Awards and Accolades:

  • 2011, National Science Foundation Career Award.
  • 2014, LSU Rising Faculty Research Award.
  • 2015, Elected as Vice President of GCSSEPM.

"If a student wants to succeed, there is a system in place at LSU to make that student succeed."

Dr. Warny is an Antarctic geologist originally from Belgium. After she finished her Ph.D., she came to the United States and now works as an associate professor at Louisiana State University (LSU). Her research in Antarctica studying fossilized pollen and spores has enhanced our understanding of the changing climate.

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My petroleum engineering teacher was really informed. He knew a lot about petroleum. And we can just come into his office, and he'll talk about petroleum all day long… There's a lot of oil here, and we can go to an oil rig and learn how that works.

Yogiswara "Yogi" Kalbuadi
Petroleum Engineering, Indonesia