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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 knowledge, skills, and abilities they need to become future leaders, thinkers, and doers.

Faculty

 
 
Prashanth R. Buchireddy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
BORSF Bioengineering Professorship II
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 1998
M.S., Chemical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2004
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2013
Madison Hall, Room 218-A
Research Interests: Can be found here

William M. Chirdon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Graduate Coordinator

B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware, 1998
M.S., Macromolecular Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, 2000
Ph.D., Macromolecular Science and Engineering and Biomaterials, University of Michigan, 2004
Website: http://www.ucs.louisiana.edu/~wmc8199/
Email: wchirdon@louisiana.edu
Office: 337-482-6564   
Madison Hall, Room 216-B
 

Dilip Depan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
BORSF Bioprocessing Professorship I
B.S., Chemistry, M.D.S. University, India, 2000
M.S., Applied Chemistry, M.D.S. University, India 2002
Ph.D., Polymer Science and Engineering, National Chemical Laboratory, India 2009
Website: http://sites.google.com/site/ddepan/
Email: ddepan@gmail.com, dilip.depan@louisiana.edu
Office: (337) 654-0943  
Madison Hall, Room 218-B
Research Interests: Can be found here
 
 
Ling (Jessica) Fei, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Chevron Endowed Professorship
B.S., Applied Chemistry, Shantou University, China, 2010
M.S., Chemical Engineering, New Mexico State University, 2012
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, New Mexico State University, 2014
Group Website: https://sites.google.com/view/fei-lab-ull
Email: ling.fei@louisiana.edu
Madison Hall, Room 218-C
Research Interests: Can be found here

 

 
Dhan Lord B. Fortela, Ph.D.
Instructor

B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of the Philippines at Los Banos, 2010
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2016
Email: dhanlord.fortela@louisiana.edu
Office: 337-482-5351
Madison Hall, Room 222-B

Rafael Hernandez, Ph.D.
Department Head and Professor
J. Madison Nelson/ BORSF Professorship
Associate Director of the Energy Institute of Louisiana

B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, 1993
M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, 1996
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2002    
Office: 337-482-6062  
Madison Hall, Room 217-D
 
Ashley Picou Mikolajczyk
Instructor

B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2013
Email: mikolajczyk@louisiana.edu
Office: 337-482-5862
Madison Hall, Room 216-A
 
Brandon Plaisance, E.I.
Instructor
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2013
M.S., Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering - Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016
Email: brandon.plaisance@louisiana.edu
Madison Hall, Room 217-M

 
John C. Prindle, Jr., Ph.D, P.E.
Professor of Practice
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Texas Tech University, 1982
B.S., Mathematics, Texas Tech University, 1983
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1989
Email: john.prindle@louisiana.edu
Office: 337-482-1217
Madison Hall, Room 217-J

 

 
Melanie Sanders
Instructor

B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2016
M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2018
Email: melanie.sanders@louisiana.edu
Phone: 337-482-5052
Madison Hall, Room 217-M

Mark E. Zappi, Ph.D., P.E.
Executive Director of UL Energy Institute of Louisiana
Endowed Chair in Bioprocessing
Professor
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1984
M.S., Chemical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 1991
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 1995
Research Interests: Can be found here
Xiao-Dong Zhou, Ph.D.
The Stuller Endowed Chair
Executive Director of the Institute for Materials Research and Innovation
Professor
B.S., Chemical Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, 1994
M.S., Chemical Engineering, East China University of Science and Technology, 1997
Ph.D. Ceramic Engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla, 2001
Website: www.zhoulab.com
Office: 337-482-5910
Madison Hall, Room 218-E

Staff

 

 
James Dooley
Computer and Laboratory Technician
B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Louisiana at Lafayette,1977
Email: jdooley@louisiana.edu
Office: 337-482-1221
Madison Hall, Room 217-K

 
William “Bill” Holmes
Director of Process Analytics and Process Chemistry
Energy Institute of Louisiana
Email: william.holmes@louisiana.edu
Office: 337-482-2939
Madison Hall, Room 224
 
 
 
 
 

 
Elaine K. Strickland
Administrative Assistant
B.S., Business Administration, University of Louisiana at Lafayette,1985
Email: estrickland@louisiana.edu
Office: 337-482-6562   
Madison Hall, Room 217-A

Affiliates of Chemical Engineering

 
Emmanuel Revellame, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of the Philippines Los Banos, 2001
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Mississippi State University, 2011
Email: erevellame@louisiana.edu
Office: 337-482-5351