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What was your previous position and where?I was a tenured faculty member in the Australian School of Petroleum at the University of Adelaide before joining LSU back in 2006. I should have taken more photos with kangaroos and koalas! (I have not been to Australia since then ...) My Ph.D. is from the University of Texas at Austin (Go, Horns!), and my M.S. and B.S. are from the Seoul National University in South Korea (An-Nyung-Ha-Se-Yo! meaning Hello!).
What brought you to LSU?The strong petroleum industry in Louisiana was major motivation to move. The fame of the department and strong industry support should not be forgotten.
What are your research interests?I would say, perhaps, multiphase flow in pipes and in porous media – one may argue it is too broad, which I absolutely agree. My current and recent projects at LSU cover a wide range of research topics, including chemical enhanced oil recovery, in-situ groundwater remediation, flow assurance in deep water oil and gas development, production facilities and optimization, and complex fluid system — such as foams and emulsions — and phase behaviors. My research group has capabilities for both experimental and modeling/simulation studies.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?My research group is one of the leaders in foam research. I wish the group could continue its research excellence, remaining competitive in that area of specialty. That will contribute to keeping LSU’s name high.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?My interactions with both graduate and undergraduate Tigers are probably the most rewarding component of my job. I also have the nicest and most supportive colleagues around.
What are your major accomplishments?I don’t think I have accomplished this, but I continuously endeavor to achieve (and help achieve) high-quality teaching, top-notch research experience, and an enjoyable and cohesive workplace of which all others feel jealous! Well, come to think of it, my biggest accomplishment should be becoming an LSU family member and saying this REALLY LOUD – “GEAUX TIGERS!”