G.B. Cazes, M.B.A
G.B. Cazes is the Vice President of the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC). As Vice President of the CIC, Mr. Cazes has a variety of responsibilities which include serving as the Director of the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC). Mr. Cazes has over eleven years of experience in the Information Management and Information Technology (IT) fields. His experience includes working in the international, commercial and government markets. Previous leadership duties include serving as the Assistant Director of the Information Technology Consulting Department and as the Director of Telecommunications Management Department for a Shreveport-based IT consulting and software development company. Mr. Cazes has a Master of Business Administration from Centenary College and serves on a variety of professional organizations that include, but are not limited to, Military Affairs Council, the Louisiana EPSCOR Board, and the Association of University Research Parks. He also serves on multiple boards including the Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center Board and Co-Habitat Board of Directors. He was awarded the “Partners In Education Award” in 2010, the “AFCEA Exceptional Contribution to STEM Education Award” in 2012, and the “2012 Southern Growth Innovator Award” for Workforce Development in Louisiana.
Krystal Corbett, Ph.D. Engineering Education
Dr. Krystal Corbett is the Director of Curriculum Development and Implementation for the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), a division of the Cyber Innovation Center. She received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, M.S. in Mathematics, and Ph.D. in Engineering Education at Louisiana Tech University in 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2012, respectively. While at Louisiana Tech University, she taught both the mathematics and engineering threads of the freshman Integrated Engineering Curriculum. She was also heavily involved in developing and implementing educational initiatives (e.g. NASA-Threads: Physics, Cyber Discovery, and Cyber Science). With her role at the Cyber Innovation Center, Dr. Corbett is able to continue her work with these educational initiatives.
Kelly Crittenden, Ph.D. BioMedical Engineering
Dr. Kelly Crittenden is an Associate Professor of Engineering at Louisiana Tech University and holds the Harrelson Family Professorship. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in BioMedical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University in 1996 and 2001, respectively. Dr. Crittenden is the Director of Louisiana Tech's Integrated STEM Education Research Center (ISERC). He teaches within “Tech's Living With The Lab” freshman and sophomore curriculum, and multidisciplinary design programs. Dr. Crittenden has helped develop content for many of the programs created in partnership with ISERC including Cyber Discovery, NASA-Threads: Physics and TechSTEP.
Christian Duncan, Ph.D. Computer Science
Dr. Christian Duncan is the Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Louisiana Tech University. Dr. Duncan’s research interests lie predominately in the area of Applied Geometric Algorithms, particularly with respect to Computer Graphics Algorithms, Spatial Databases (including GIS), and Computational Metrology.
Brian Etheridge, Ph.D. History
Dr. Brian Etheridge is the director of the Helen P. Denit Honors Program at the University of Baltimore (UB). UB is going through incredible changes that present unique opportunities to develop truly visionary and cutting-edge curricula and experiences for UB undergraduates, and the Helen P. Denit Honors Program is positioned to play a major part in the change. Dr. Etheridge is also a historian of American foreign relations and has published widely on the intersection of foreign relations and culture. Dr. Etheridge studies how foreign relations and popular culture can affect each other. His work up until now has focused primarily on public diplomacy-how nation-states try to tell their stories to foreign peoples in ways that facilitate their foreign policy objectives. Before working at the UB, Dr. Etheridge was an Assistant Professor at Louisiana Tech University.
Jeremy Mhire, Ph.D. Political Science
Dr. Jeremy J. Mhire is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Department of Social Sciences at Louisiana Tech University. Dr. Mhire earned his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in 2006. Before coming to Louisiana Tech University, Dr. Mhire was a post-doctoral fellow (2006-2008) in the Program on Constitutional Government at the University of Virginia. He was also a visiting fellow (2009-2010) in the Department of Government at Harvard University. His research interests include political philosophy (ancient, modern and contemporary), classical and modern republicanism, and politics, philosophy, and literature. He has published on the intersections of classical and modern political philosophy, and on constitutionalism broadly construed.
Heath Tims, Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Heath Tims is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Louisiana Tech University. He received his B.S. degree from Louisiana Tech University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Tims worked from 2001 until 2006 in a research and prototyping facility at the University of Texas where he played a pivotal role in developing numerous prototypes for industrial companies. While at Louisiana Tech University, Dr. Tims has focused primarily on engineering education and multidisciplinary collaborative projects. He has been one of the lead faculty on the NASA-Threads: Physics curriculum, Cyber Discovery, the Studies in Cyberspace honors course, and the high school Cyber Science course.
Galen E. Turner III, Ph.D. Mathematics
Dr. Galen Turner received his B.S. from Loyola University (New Orleans) with majors in Mathematics and Religious Studies in 1992. He continued his studies in Mathematics at Louisiana State University where he earned his M.S. in Mathematics in 1994 and his Ph.D. in 1999. He has spent the last eleven years at Louisiana Tech University where he is the Maxfield Professor of Mathematics and Statistics (on leave) and has served for the last four years as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies for the College of Engineering and Science. While at Louisiana Tech University, Dr. Turner has influenced mathematics education at both the university and regional level. He has been a leader in the university’s Integrated Engineering Curriculum and has been very involved with professional development for K-12 teachers and activity weekends for their students. Dr. Turner is also the Chief Academic Officer for the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), a division of the Cyber Innovation Center.