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Horace Hearne Chair of Theoretical Physics
Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy
2045 LDMC • +1 225 578 0464 • email address
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Jorge Pullin is the professor and Horace Hearne Chair of Theoretical physics. He received his PhD in physics from the Instituto Balseiro, National Commission of Atomic Energy in Bariloche, Argentina in 1988. He is known for his work on black hole collisions and quantum gravity.

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Research Associate Professor
Tulane University: Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
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staff photoOzdemir, Celalettin
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
2065 LDMC • 225-578-0056 • email address
Celaletin Emre Özdemir is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Dr. Özdemir graduated with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering Department at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. He earned his Ph.D. from Civil and Coastal Engineering Department at the University of Florida in 2010. Upon his graduation, he worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Center for Applied Coastal Research in University of Delaware. In 2012, he began working as a Postdoctoral Investigator at the Applied Ocean Physics and Engineering Department in Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Dr. Özdemir’s research interests are mainly motivated to understand and predict environmental flows, sediment transport, and fluid structure interaction that have critical implications to evaluation and mitigation of coastal hazard, sustainable design and management practices. His particular expertise is in multiphase flow modeling, simulation and modeling turbulent flows, hydrodynamic stability analyses, and parallel computing. His research efforts are currently focused on understanding the different scales in environmental flows via hierarchy of models. His goal is to improve the predictive capability of the models in the hierarchy towards the larger scales which are extensively used to estimate mixing and transport in flows in ocean and nearshore.
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Texaco Distinguished Professor
Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences
2059 LDMC • email address
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Dr. Dubravko Justic is the Texaco Distinguished Professor in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences. His research interests include ecosystem modeling, biological oceanography, coastal eutrophication, hypoxia, and impacts of climate change on coastal ecosystems.
staff photoSchnetter, Dr. Erik
Research Technologies Group Lead - Perimeter Institute
Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Waterloo - Adjunct Professor
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Erik Schnetter became the Research Technologies Group Lead at the Perimeter Institute and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Guelph in November of 2010. Prior to accepting this position, he was apart of the Coast-to-Cosmos focus area research staff at the CCT and an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at LSU. His main scientific interests include black holes and neutron stars in relativistic computational astrophysics as well as high performance computing and software frameworks in computer science. Erik is the original author and the project leader of Carpet, the adaptive mesh refinement and multi-block driver for Cactus. He also participates in the XiRel collaboration to create and improve software infrastructure for numerical relativity.
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Visiting Associate Professor
School of Resources and Environment, UESTC
2065 LDMC • (225)650-8695 • email address
staff photoMariotti, Giulio
Assistant Professor, Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences
2065 LDMC • email address
staff photoTwilley, Robert R.
Executive Director of LA Sea Grant College Program
Professor - Department of Oceanography & Coastal Studies
2051 LDMC • +1 225 578 8806 • email address
staff photoLiang, Junhong
Associate Professor, Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences
2051 LDMC • 225-578-7031 • email address
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Chevron Professor of Engineering #3
Associate Professor, Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering
2047 LDMC • +1 225 578 8929 • email address
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Mayank Tyagi is the Adoph G. Gueymard Distinguished Associate Professor in the Department of Petroleum Engineering. He received his PhD in mechanical engineering from LSU in 2003. He is interested in computational fluid dynamics specifically in complex biological systems, turbulent engineering/environmental systems. He also has interest in developing numerical schemes/solvers to address the challenging problems in a computationally efficient way. Tyagi currently works as project manager for the cactus framework based CFD Toolkit.
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John P. Laborde Endowed Chair for Sea Grant Research and Technology Transfer
Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
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staff photoLöffler, Dr. Frank
IT Consultant

Faculty Advisor: Peter Diener
2043 LDMC • +1 225 578 7437 • email address
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Frank Loeffler is a postdoctoral researcher in the numerical relativity group at CCT. He received his PhD from the Albert-Einstein-Institute in Germany and completed a VESF fellowship at SISSA, Italy. He is interested in dynamics of compact astrophysical objects, e.g., neutron stars, black holes and processes creating them, e.g., supernovae. He is also currently leading the Einstein Toolkit and co-leading the Cactuscode project at CCT.

staff photoAcharya, Sumanta
Illinois Institute of Technology: Department of Mechanical Engineering
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staff photoKarimpour, Arash
Postdoctoral Researcher
2097 LDMC • email address
staff photoKaiser, Carola
IT Consultant
Research Scientist
2031 LDMC • +1 225 578 2893 • email address
Carola is the lead researcher of the Coastal Emergency Risks Assessment (CERA) visualization system, an automated visualization workflow and web mapping system for hurricane storm surge forecasts based on the ADCIRC storm surge model. She is responsible for software development, management, and maintenance of the real-time, interactive CERA website for emergency managers. Clients of the CERA tool include NOAA, GOHSEP, NWS Weather Forecast Offices, USACE, USCG, and the National Hurricane Center. In addition, she is an active member of the Advanced Surge Guidance System (ASGS). She has been working with Geographic Information Systems since 1992, after obtaining a MS in cartography from the University of Dresden, Germany. Her research interests include managing spatial data, developing technologies for data implementation, and applying GIS systems in specific research disciplines and collaborative environments. She is a GIS modeler with years of experience in the design and development of custom GIS applications, spatial data analysis, data gathering, data conversion, and mapping of spatial data, the development of spatial analysis techniques, database design, and data management.
staff photoDiener, Peter
Assistant Research Professor
Department of Physics & Astronomy
2045 LDMC • +1 225 578 6880 • email address
Peter Diener is an assistant professor of research in the LSU Department of Physics. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Copenhagen and completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Texas at Austin, the California Institute of Technology, and the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics before joining CCT.
staff photoChen, Prof. Q. Jim
Adjunct Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2055 LDMC • +1 225 578 4911 • email address
Q. Jim Chen is the first CSRS Distinguished Professor of Coastal Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and serves as the Coast to Cosmos Focus Area lead at CCT. He received his PhD in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion Univeristy in Norfolk, Virginia. Chen was an assistant professor of civil engineering at the University of South Alabama before he joined CCT in 2006. Chen specializes in the development and application of numerical models for coastal hydrodynamics and nearshore processes, including surface waves, wave-induced nearshore circulation, storm surges, estuarine circulation and sediment transport.
staff photoBrandt, Steven
Assistant Director, Computational Science
2035 LDMC • +1 225 578 5431 • email address
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Steven Brandt obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana for his research in numerical simulations of rotating black holes. He currently serves as an adjunct faulty member in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering and is involved in research into making parallel programming more effective. He works with the STEllAR team led by Dr. Hartmut Kaiser, and helps lead the Cactus Frameworks effort. He is Co-PI on grants relating to Cactus Frameworks development and cyberinfrastructure for the Coastal Hazards Collaboratory.
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