Southern University Chair
Dr. Patrick E. Carriere, P.E.

Dr. Patrick Carriere received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University-College Station. Prior to joining Southern University-Baton Rouge in 1998, he held faculty positions at both Texas A&M-Kingsville and West Virginia University-Morgantown. In 1999, he became the chair of the Department of Civil Engineering. From March 2003 to August 2005, he was the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs. From August 2004 to August 2005, he served as Program Director at the National Science Foundation in both Divisions of Undergraduate Education and Engineering Education and Centers. In 2006, he served as the Program Chair for the 2006 American Society for Engineering Education-Gulf Southwest Conference and the Steering Planning Committee Chair for the FEMA/HBCUs Conference Region 6. He is currently the Associate Dean of the College of Engineering, Massie Chair of Excellence Professor, and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Dr. Carriere has worked extensively on numerous environmental and water resources projects. His research interests are in the area of bioremediation, treatment of municipal and industrial wastewater, and groundwater modeling. He has authored and co-authored many refereed journals and articles. Dr. Carriere received many teaching and research awards. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and many other professional organizations. In 1995, he was selected as the Outstanding Researcher of the College of Engineering at West Virginia University. Dr. Carriere received many Outstanding Faculty awards in 1998, 1999, and 2000.

A Discussion with Dr. Carriere on Program Goals

"As of May 15, 2000, I was appointed the new DOE Massie Chair of Excellence. Our main program goals are to provide a focal point for all environmental research for the university, to support various environmental curricula, to develop a state-of-the art environmental analytical laboratory recognized on a local, state, national, international level, and to provide services for community-based environmental programs

A new interdisciplinary team consisting of scientists and engineers from the University is focusing on several environmental areas of interest to the Department of Energy. They are: bioremediation, bioaccumulation of heavy metals using aquatic organisms, phytoremediation of toxic metals using aquatic plants and microalgae, bioavailability and toxicity of organic and inorganic pollutants, development of bio-environmental sensors, and fuel cell test station technology. Our goal is to acquire external funding through proposals generated by the team and become a self-sustained program.

We are also developing a state-of-the-art environmental laboratory to support the research and to reinforce the academic undergraduate and graduate instruction and research in environmental engineering and science. In addition to the current computer-interfaced instrumentation consisting of a Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometer, Ion Chromatograph, Fuel Cell test station, Potentiostat, and Respirometer, an Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) spectrometer has recently been donated for metals analyses. An opportunity for growth and excellence in environmental engineering and science studies are provided with the goal of extending the lab resources to other disciplines at the University.

As part of our outreach, we stimulate interest in the pursuit of careers and community service in environmental science and technology. Special service to communities distant from teacher resources are provided to expose disadvantaged middle and high school students from small towns, and rural areas on how environmental issues relate to everyday life in and around their communities, as well as other regions of the world. A special effort is made to assist and train middle and high school teachers through workshops.

Finally, we are making every effort to address environmental justice in small communities in Louisiana by providing technical assistance to Mayors and residents in small communities. Our program has established a partnership with seven Mayors from small towns in Louisiana that make up the Communities Collaborating for Economic Development (CCED). The program provides them technical assistance and assists them with proposal writing for physical infrastructure problems.

In summary, our program is striving to collaborate with the academic community, industry, federal agencies, and state and local government. This diverse community can therefore share a commitment to enhance the research in the areas of environmental science and engineering."

Recent Publications in Refereed Journals

Professional Organizations/Accomplishments


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