People

Staff

Liv Haselbach, Ph.D., PE, BCEE, F.ASCE
Director

Dr. Liv Haselbach is a licensed professional engineer, a LEED AP, a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Board Certified in Environmental Engineering with the specialty of Environmental Sustainability by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. Prior to her academic career she founded an engineering consulting company in the New York – Connecticut area.

Her degrees include a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Cornell with distinction, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Connecticut.

She was a lecturer at Yale, an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina, an associate and then full professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Washington State University, an associate director of a USDOT Tier 1 University Transportation Center and a Fulbright-ALCOA Distinguished Chair in the Environmental Sciences and Engineering in Brazil. She has been the chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Lamar University since 2016. In 2019 she was named Engineer of the Year by the Sabine Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers.


Kyle Boudreaux, Ph.D. 
Program Coordinator

Dr. Kyle Boudreaux is a longtime professional in higher education with over 20 years experience in a variety of fields--systems administration, data analysis, institutional reporting, online learning, professional development of faculty, and program assessement. His degrees include a B.A. in English from Lamar University, an M.A. in Humanities from University of Texas at Dallas, and a Ph.D. in Learning Technologies from the University of North Texas

Daucy Crizer

Assistant Director, Shared Business Services

Daucy Crizer has worked at Lamar University for 26 years, most recently as the Assistant Director, Shared Business Services.  In this role, he works closely with the Business Managers of each College in addition to various personnel in other campus departments. He also works with each of the University’s Signature Centers – Center for Midstream Management and Science, Center for the Advances in Port Management and Center for Resiliency—providing assistance related to purchasing, budgeting and financial analysis, and personnel and human resources. Prior to accepting his current position, he worked as a senior accountant in Financial Services. He started at Lamar in the Athletic Department, spending 22 years in various positions.

Brittani Bulgherini,

Administrative Assistant

Brittani is a Lamar graduate a BS in Speech and Hearing Sciences and a minor in American Sign Language. Prior to working for the Center for Resiliency, she was an administrative assistant for the Lamar University Writing Center.

Executive Committee

  • Liv Haselbach

    Director Center of Resiliency

    Email: lhaselbach@lamar.edu

    Research Interests:

    • Low impact development,
    • Especially pervious concrete,
    • Flood communication and resiliency,
    • Green engineering and environmental life cycle assessment.
  • Daucy Crizer

    Assistant Director, Shared Business Services

     

  • Dr. Stefan Andrei

    Stefan Andrei

    Department: Computer Science

    Email: stefan.andrei@lamar.edu

    Professor and Chair

    Research Interests:

    • Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing)
    • Real-Time Embedded Systems
    • Theoretical Computer Science
    • Systems Verification
    • Software Engineering
  • Dr. Pratiti Diddi

    Pratiti Diddi

    Department: Communication

    Email: pdiddi@lamar.edu

    Assistant Professor

    Research interests: The intersection between public relations, strategic communications and social media.

  • Dr. Ginger Gummelt

    Ginger S

    Department: Social Work

    Email: vgummelt@lamar.edu 

    Associate Professor, Director of Social Work Program

    Research interests:

    • Children and violence
    • Mental health issues for athletes
    • Vulnerable populations
    • Sexual abuse and sexual assault
    • Women's issues
  • Dr. Clayton Jeffryes

    Clayton S

    Department: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

    Email: cjeffryes@lamar.edu 

    Associate Professor

    Research interests: 

    • Metallic nanoparticles from phototrophic cell culture
    • Innovative bioprocesses
    • Biogeneic nanomaterials
    • Production of pigments and antioxidants
    • Microwave assisted "Green Synthesis" Processes
  • Dr. Joe Kruger

    Kruger

    Department: Earth and Space Sciences

    Email: krugerjm@lamar.edu 

    Associate Professor and Chair 

    Research interests: 

    • Subsidence study of SE Texas Using GPS remeasurement of pre-existing National Geodetic Survey benchmarks.
    • Hurricane Ike Storm Surge High Water Marks.
    • Interpretation of SE Texas salt domes using gravity data and well control. 
    • Basin structure of Cache Valley, ID-UT using gravity, seismic, geologic mapping, and well control.
    • Basin structure of Marsh Valley, ID using gravity, seismic, geologic mapping.
    • Crustal structure of Arizona metamorphic core complexes based on reflection seismic data. 
  • Dr. Helen Lou

    Helen H

    Department: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

    Email: hhlou@lamar.edu

    Professor and Associate Director-Research, Center for Midstream Management and Science (CMMS)

    Research interests:

    • Big Data Analytics & Process Systems Engineering
      • Turn data into insights for more informed decisions for process design, control, and operation
    • Development of Sustainable Technologies
  • Dr. Suzanne Pierce

    University of Texas Austin | Texas Advanced Computing Center | Jackson School of Geosciences

    Email: spierce@gacc.utexas.edu 

    Research Scientist 

    Research interests: 

    • Integrated Water Resources Management
    • Decision Support Systems
    • Sustainability Science
    • Energy-Water
    • Groundwater Management
    • Participatory Modeling
  • Dr. Matt Pyne

    Matthew Pyne

    Department: Biology

    Email: mpyne@lamar.edu 

    Associate Professor

    Research interests: Understanding the relationship between the distribution of aquatic organisms and the structure, climate, and hydrology of freshwater aquatic systems. 

  • Dr. Thinesh Selvaratnam

    Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering

    Email: tselvaratnam@lamar.edu 

    Assistant Professor

    Research interests: Achieving bioremediation of municipal/ industrial wastewaters using an algal-based system

  • Dr. James Slaydon

    Department: Finance

    Email: slaydonjl@lamar.edu

    Professor and Director, New Programs Initiatives 

    Research interests: 

    • Resiliency after natural disasters
    • Regional economic development
    • Real estate.
  • Dr. Robert Spina

    Department: College of Education and Human Development

    Email: rspina@lamar.edu 

    Dean 

  • Patrick Stewart

    Patrick Stewart

    Department: IT Operations

    Email: stewarts@lamar.edu 

    Executive Director, IT Operations

  • Erik Stromberg

    Department: Center for Advances in Port Management

    Email: rstromberg@lamar.edu 

    Executive Director  

  • Dr. Berna Tokgoz

    Berna E

    Department: Industrial and Systems Engineering

    Email: btokgoz@lamar.edu 

    Associate Professor

    Research interests: 

    • Resilience Engineering
    • Risk Analysis
    • Systems Engineering
    • Complex Systems
  • Dr. Brian Williams

    Department: Political Science

    Email: bwilliams9@lamar.edu 

    Assistant Professor and Director, Master of Public Administration | Director, Center for Public Policy Study 

    Research interests: 

    Understanding the knowledge gap between practice and research for Emergency Management; specifically, the implications of social vulnerability to community resilience through social, political, and economic policy.

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