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Leadership & Key Staff Members

Dr. Mark E. Zappi, P.E. (Chemical Engineer)

Executive Director of the EIL & Director of the Center for Environmental Protection (CEP)
Email: zappi@louisiana.edu
Phone: 337-482-6686
Home Academic Unit: Chemical Engineering
Key Areas of Expertise: Biofuels, Bioprocessing, Environmental Engineering, Energy Systems, Process Commercialization, & Chemical Production

Dr. Rafael Hernandez (Chemical Engineer)

Associate Executive Director of the EIL & Director of the Chemicals and Fuels Development Center (CFDC)
Email: rhernandez@louisiana.edu
Phone: 337-482-6062
Home Academic Unit: Chemical Engineering
Key Areas of Expertise: Bioprocessing; Chemical Production; Process Chemistry; Reaction Kinetics; Environmental Engineering; and Process Commercialization

Dr. Boyun Guo (Petroleum Engineer)

Director of the Center for Optimization of Petroleum Systems (COPS)
Email: boyun.guo@louisiana.edu
Phone: 337-482-6558
Home Academic Unit: Petroleum Engineering
Key Areas of Expertise: Petroleum resource development; enhanced oil recovery; drilling optimization; and product development

Dr. Terrence Chambers (Mechanical Engineer)

Director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy (CEESE)
Email: tlchambers@louisiana.edu
Phone: 337-482-6731
Home Academic Unit: Mechanical Engineering
Key Areas of Expertise: Power Engineering; Energy Systems; Solar Energy; Smart Energy Systems; Process Modeling; Data Visualization; Immersive Technologies; and Education Methods

Mr. William Holmes (Analytical Chemist)

Director for Process Analytics
Email: bill.holmes@louisiana.edu
Phone: 337-482-2939
Home Academic Unit: Chemical Engineering
Key Areas of Expertise: Analytical Chemistry; Methods Development; Reaction Chemistry; Identification of Reaction Products; Analytical System Development and Optimization; and Insitu Analysis

Mr. Wayne Sharp, P.E. (Environmental Engineer)

Research Environmental Engineer

Email: wws6325@louisian.edu

Phone: 337-482-6849
Home Academic Unit: Civil Engineering
Key Areas of Expertise: System Design and Construction; Environmental
Engineering; Bioprocesses; Site Remediation; Process Economics; Pilot Studies; and Commercialization

Dr. Stephen Dufreche (Chemical Engineer)

Research Chemical Engineer & Director for the Cleco Alternative Energy Center (Crowley, LA)
Home Academic Unit: Mechanical Engineering
Email: dufreche@louisiana.edu
Phone:
Key Areas of Expertise: Thermal Systems; Gasification; Torrefaction; Biofuels; Process Simulation; Lipid Extraction; and Facility Operations

Dr. Kary A. Ritter, III (Mechanical Engineer)

Research Mechanical Engineer
Email: kar4499@louisiana.edu
Phone:
Home Academic Unit: Mechanical Engineering
Key Areas of Expertise: Solar Power; Solar Thermal Systems; Process Controls; Immersive Technologies; and Solar Data Management

Dr. Dhan Lord Fortela (Chemical Engineer)

Research Chemical Engineer
Email: dhanlord.fortela@louisiana.edu
Phone: 337-482-5351
Home Academic Unit: Chemical Engineering
Key Areas of Expertise: Lipids Production; Digestion; Biofuels; Biopolymers; Process Simulation; and Feedstock Assessments

Mrs. Sheila Holmes (Industrial Technologist)

EIL Resource Manager and R&D Coordinator
Email: sheila@louisiana.edu
Phone: 337-482-2946
Home Academic Unit: N/A
Degrees:  BS Industrial Technology
Key Areas of Expertise: Financial Resource Management; Process Operations; R&D Development; Construction Management; and Student R&D Experiences