Spring 2024 College of Engineering and Science Newsletter

Dean’s Message

As you know, the 2023-2024 academic year has been a year of transition for the College of Engineering and Science. Many of our faculty moved into new leadership positions, and Louisiana Tech got a new president and provost. I am excited about the opportunities that may be born out of these changes, but I can assure you that the College is and will always be committed to maintaining the student-based education that has it has defined it for decades.
I’m incredibly proud of our faculty and staff, who have met the changes with excitement and keep pushing our students to solve real-world challenges. They continue to provide our students with opportunities to flex their leadership skills and participate in innovative, world-changing research, much of which you can learn about through our College news.
COES Dean Dr. Collin Wick
From Spring Release to the Design and Research Conference, we’re holding many of the same events you participated in during your time at Louisiana Tech, while adding new events – like the 2024 Student Steel Bridge Competition National Finals – to our schedule. I invite you to join us for these events to visit with our students and faculty and learn the many ways they are addressing the modern workforce’s needs.
Please look for our Spring Report, which will come out in May, for more information about our College.
Collin Wick Signature
Collin D. Wick, Ph.D.
Dean and Daniel D. Reneau Eminent Scholar Chair
College of Engineering and Science
Louisiana Tech University

Upcoming Events

Graduate Research Symposium – Friday, April 19, 11 AM – 5 PM
COES Commitment Day – Friday, Apr 26, 2024, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Spring Release – Thursday, May 2, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
COES Design and Research Conference – Thursday, May 9, 2024 and Friday, May 10, 2024
            First-Year Design Expo – Thursday, May 9, 2024, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
            Senior Design and Research – Friday, May 10, 2024, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
CyberStorm – Friday, May 17, 2024, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
2024 Student Steel Bridge Competition National Finals – Friday, May 31, 2024 – Jun 1, 2024

From Ruston to the Moon and Back:

Electrical Engineering Alum Sends Cameras to Space

Ragan Edmiston

Ragan Edmiston was a bright-eyed young electrical engineer one quarter from graduation when NASA sent a headhunter to campus to recruit him. In less than a year, he was at Houston’s Manned Spacecraft Center and on his way to becoming “NASA’s TV man.”

Throughout his 37-year career with the US space agency, Edmiston worked on the Apollo missions and the later space shuttle program, coordinating between industry and government partners to develop an array of gear.

Working alongside a team of industry and government experts, Edmiston helped design the backbone of space communication: a radio system enabling astronauts to stay connected with ground control. This project was a crucial lifeline for the Apollo missions and beyond, ensuring that the astronauts were never truly alone when they embarked on humanity’s boldest journey. As NASA’s TV man, Edmiston was also directly responsible for the Apollo 11 video transmission that traveled 238,900 miles from the lunar surface to millions of television sets around the globe.

Steel Bridge Team Discussing Strategy
Surveying Team
Concrete Canoe Team

Louisiana Tech ASCE Teams Clinch Wins across Regional Competitions

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter engineered wins in categories across the board at the 2024 ASCE Gulf Coast Student Symposium. The Concrete Canoe, Steel Bridge, and Surveying teams won or placed in their competitions.

The Concrete Canoe team dominated the sprint and slalom races with their creatively designed Pawsome Blossom canoe, reflecting local pride and engineering ingenuity as they racked up first-place wins in the Coed Sprint, the Men’s Sprint, the Men’s Slalom, and the Women’s Slalom races and second-place wins in the Women’s Sprint, the Final Product, and Overall categories. Meanwhile, the Steel Bridge team snagged first place in Bridge Aesthetics and landed third in Bridge Stiffness. The Surveying team also topped the charts, securing first place in Survey Leveling, underscoring their precise expertise.

The chapter is gearing up to host the 2024 Student Steel Bridge Competition National Finals on campus, showcasing more of their real-world engineering skills, leadership and teamwork.


Louisiana Tech and Partners Earn Record NSF Grant

Thanks in part to the efforts of Dr. Daniela Mainardi, the Thomas C. & Nelda Jeffery Professor of Chemical Engineering and College of Engineering and Science Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Louisiana Tech will play a crucial role in the Future Use of Energy in Louisiana (FUEL) initiative led by Louisiana State University – a historic collaboration backed by the largest National Science Foundation (NSF) grant ever awarded. Louisiana Tech has committed to lead collaboration efforts between the consortium and industry, academic and government leaders to promote sustainable and clean energy solutions for Louisiana.

NSF, Louisiana Tech, Fuel logo

The Louisiana Tech University’s Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator of FUEL, Mainardi, says she is excited by the opportunities the grant will bring to Louisiana Tech and its impact on economic growth and environmental stewardship.

This grant will position Louisiana as a frontrunner in the global shift toward sustainable energy while promoting partnerships across academia, industry, and government for eco-friendly and sustainable energy solutions that will reshape Louisiana’s energy landscape and provide new jobs for Louisianans.

Dr. Daniela Mainardi

Principal Investigator for Louisiana Tech, Fuel Grant

Tech Online Programs Ranked amoung Best in Nation

U.S. News & World Report ranked Louisiana Tech University’s online master’s programs in engineering as some of the best in the nation for 2024. The University’s online master’s in engineering options—Engineering and Technology Management and Industrial Engineering—are affordable programs that prepare students to advance their careers while allowing them to take exams at times that work with their schedules. The inclusion in the prestigious U.S. News & World Report rankings acknowledges the rigor and value of these degree options.
“We are excited to be included in the U.S. News and World Report Online Graduate Engineering program ranking this year through our online Master of Science in Engineering and Technology Management and in Industrial Engineering. Both of these programs prepare our students for leadership positions in technical fields and companies in the areas of project management, continuous improvement, and data analytics. Being among the top online Graduate Engineering programs in the U.S. is a great accomplishment for our first year of being ranked. We stand out in this ranking as one of the top ten schools in affordability. I’m grateful to our faculty who work hard to ensure the success of our students and to U.S. News and World Reports for recognizing their hard work through this ranking.”
Dr. Collin Wick

Dean, Louisiana Tech University College of Engineering and Science

Louisiana Tech’s online Engineering and Technology Management and Industrial Engineering master’s degree programs are designed to emphasize mathematical, statistical and risk modeling, as well as system design and engineering management. The programs allow students to learn essential skills for career advancement.
U.S. News ranked engineering programs using five categories: engagement, peer assessment, faculty credential and training, student excellence, and services and technology. The 2024 rankings included 115 engineering master’s programs.
Best Online Programs U.S. News & World Report Rankings