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Joel Tohline Named New Director of LSU Center for Computation & Technology

12/14/2010 09:30 AM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Board of Supervisors has officially confirmed Joel E. Tohline as the new director of the LSU Center for Computation & Technology, or CCT, effective Dec. 13. Tohline is a professor in the LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy.

“Computational science and computer infrastructure is key to the growth of most all scientific disciplines,” said LSU Office of Research & Economic Development Interim Vice Chancellor Thomas Klei. “At LSU, we are fortunate that previous administrations at the university and the state had the wisdom to invest in the center that became CCT. Joel Tohline is uniquely suited to lead the center at this critical time. With his guidance, I am excited about its potential future and what that will bring to research at LSU and elsewhere in the state.”

Tohline said that since he was in high school in New Orleans more than 40 years ago, most of his time as a student and, later, as a scientist and teacher has been devoted to understanding how computing and communications technologies can be effectively used to solve technically challenging problems.

“Especially as we have moved into an era when computing and networking pervade all aspects of modern life, I am tremendously excited to have the opportunity to lead LSU’s Center for Computation & Technology,” Tohline said. “I expect to become involved in all aspects of the CCT’s activities, which include innovative research in computational science and engineering and numerous related technologies; ties with Louisiana’s promotion and advancement of digital arts and the digital entertainment industry; and educational outreach and training to high school, college and graduate students throughout the state.”

Tohline earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Centenary College of Louisiana in 1974 and his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of California-Santa Cruz in 1978. He has been employed by LSU since 1982.

Tohline has previously served as a member of the Applications Strategy Council of Internet2; on the Program Advisory Council of LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory in Livingston Parish; as chairman of LSU’s Department of Physics & Astronomy; as interim executive director of LONI, the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative; and as interim director of LSU’s Center for Applied Information Technology and Learning, which is now CCT.

CCT is an interdisciplinary research center that advances the university’s Flagship Agenda and promotes economic development for the state by using computational science applications to aid research and develop solutions that benefit academia and industry. CCT is an innovative research environment, advancing computational sciences, technologies and the disciplines they touch. By uniting researchers from diverse disciplines, ideas and expertise are disseminated across LSU departments to foster knowledge and invention. For more information, visit

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