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What was your previous position and where?I was working as a researcher at the Center for Computation & Technology, or CCT, at LSU from 2003-07. My primary research work during that time included simulations of impeller stirred tanks in chemical processing industries, simulations of flow past gills of a mussel, and development of interdisciplinary courses and software codes for computational fluid dynamics.
What brought you to LSU?LSU has long been known as the flagship university for Louisiana, even in the far away countries like China and India. I was excited to learn about this culture along with its famous southern hospitality while I planned to do graduate studies abroad. Thus, I came to LSU for my graduate study in mechanical engineering and I joined CCT as a postdoctoral researcher upon completion of my PhD.
What is your research interest?My research interests are simulations of challenging flow and heat transport in complex applications using state-of-the-art computational technology. Specifically, Iím currently involved with simulations of pore scale inertial flows in porous media, non-Newtonian flow simulations during drilling and completions processes, offshore oil spill scenarios development and geothermal heat extraction from fractured reservoirs.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?As a teacher, I would like to be a mentor and a trustworthy friend to my students, that helps them in shaping their careers and is a positive influence on their lives. I believe that university-industry consortia can provide long term research benefits to both our undergraduate and graduate students, as well as industries and the state through economic development. LSU is uniquely positioned to lead in this role and, to that end, I would like to establish, as well as participate in, several such successful consortia.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?LSU has been a major part of my education, as well as my career. I have met many wonderful people from diverse backgrounds and have cherished moments spent with them. The LSU campus, with its majestic oaks and beautiful lakes, is the perfect scenery for making all those unforgettable memories. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the people, as well as the place, at LSU.
What are your major accomplishments?It is considered extremely hard, if not impossible, to break the structure of departmental classifications in a traditional university such as LSU. I am particularly interested in exploring innovative uses of computational simulation technology in the energy research and have been successful in building my research team in petroleum engineering. Becoming a successful interdisciplinary researcher and teacher has been my major accomplishment thus far at LSU.