Focus Area Head

staff photoPorter, Lance
Designated Professor, Manship School of Mass Communication
2016 LDMC • +1 225 578 7377 • email address
Lance Porter is an designated professor of mass communication. He received his Ph.D. in mass communication with an emphases in public relations/new media from the University of Georgia. His research interests include new media effects, Internet advertising effects, public relations theory and entertainment marketing.

staff photoOstrenko, Derick
Associate Professor, School of Art
2028 LDMC • 813-731-2396 • email address
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staff photoRyan, Susan
School of Art
2080 LDMC • +1 225 578 5411 • email address
staff photoPiccoli, Gabriele
Edward G. Schlieder Endowed Professor, Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems (SDEIS)
2030 LDMC • email address
staff photoNam, Hye Yeon
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staff photoAllison, Dr. Jesse
Experimental Music & Digital Media, School of Music
Associate Professor
2006 LDMC • +1 225 578 5572 • email address
Jesse Allison is an associate professor in Experimental Music & Digital Media with the LSU School of Music. He received his DMA in Music Composition from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is co-founder of Electrotap LLC, an innovative firm developing tools for electronic art. His position at the CCT enables him to explore the evolving relationship between technology and music and pursue new avenues for artistic and sonic expression.
staff photoButler, Les
Professor, Department of Chemistry
+1 (225) 578-4416 • email address
staff photoAubanel, Marc
Director of Digital Media Arts & Engineering Program
2022 LDMC • +1 225 578 8907 • email address
Marc Aubanel is the Director of the Digital Media Arts & Engineering program at LSU. He has a 20 year background encompassing 5 academic programs and 50 interactive titles for a combined revenue of over one billion dollars. In his 20 year career, he has had executive level experience running large global brands and franchises including FIFA Soccer, NHL Hockey, Need for Speed Underground and Def Jam Vendetta for Electronic Arts. Aubanel also co-founded Stage 3 Media in response to an emerging online video marketplace.
staff photoRamirez, Fanny
Assistant Professor, Manship School of Mass Communication
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staff photoHirschheim, Rudolf
Director of Graduate Studies, PhD Program, Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems (SDEIS)
Ourso Family Distinguished Professor of Information Systems, Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems (SDEIS)
2024 LDMC • +1 225 578 8896 • email address
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Professor Hirschheim is the Ourso Family Distinguished Professor of Information Systems in the E.J. Ourso College of Business, Louisiana State University. He has previously been on the faculties of the University of Houston, Templeton College - Oxford (UK), London School of Economics (UK) and McMaster University (Canada). He has held visiting appointments at Monash University (Australia), University of New South Wales (Australia) University of Bayreuth (Germany), University of Jyvaskyla (Finland), University of Warwick (UK), and University of Paris-Dauphine (France). He is on the editorial boards of the journals: Journal of the Association for Information Systems; Information and Organization; Information Systems Journal; Journal of Strategic Information Systems; Journal of MIS; and Journal of Information Technology. He was VP for Publications for the Association for Information Systems. In 2006, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Oulu (Finland). And in 2007, he was made “Fellow” of the Association for Information Systems.
staff photoBeck, Dr. Stephen David
Derryl & Helen Haymon Professor of Music
Associate Vice President, Office of Research & Economic Development
2010 LDMC • +1 225 578-0873 • email address
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Stephen David Beck is Director of the LSU School of Music and holds a joint appointment with CCT in the Cultural Computing focus area. He received his PhD in music composition and theory from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1988, and held a Fulbright Fellowship in 1985-86, where he was a researcher at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique in Paris, France. Having joined the CCT in 2003, he served as Interim Director of the center from 2008-2010 and was director of the AVATAR Initiative 2007-2012. His current research includes sound diffusion systems, high-performance computing applications in music, music interaction with alternative interfaces, music software for laptops and mobile devices, and virtual music instruments, a system of interactive computer programs that extend and expand on the performance capabilities of acoustic instruments.