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Faculty & Staff


Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


Matthew Aghili

Dr. Seyed M. Aghili, P.E. Department Head

Dr. Aghili is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and currently serving as the Head of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Louisiana.  Dr. Aghili received his M.S. and PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology.  He received his B.S. in Industrical Technology-Plant Engineering and M.S. in Management Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  His teaching and research interests are in E-learning in engineering, digital systems design, computer network engineering, network routing algorithms, microcontrollers, fuzzy logic controllers, artificial neural networks, and robotics.  Dr. Aghili is a Microsoft Certified System Engineer and Cisco Certified Network Associate.  He is a two-time Pinnacle Excellence Award recipient.


Office: Drew Hall 123 
(337) 475-5535
draghili@mcneese.edu
Dr. Bender

Dr. Paul Bender

Dr. Bender is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.  He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Missouri State University, a M.S. in Computational Mathematics from Ohio University, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from Wright State University.  These degrees were completed in 1998, 2004, and 2008 respectively.  He is a member of the ACM and IEEE.
Dr. Bender's research interests include various topics in Operation Systems and Networking, including adhoc networks, real time systems, multimedia communications, and system security.  The focus of his current research is on the application of sensor network technologies to the water driven ecosystems of Southwest Louisiana.

Office: Drew Hall 206
(337) 475-5800
pbender@mcneese.edu
Michael Connella

Dr. Michael Connella III

Dr. Connella earned his Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from Tulane University and began his career with NASA working on the Saturn V Moon Rocket project.  From 1968 to 1979, he taught Physics and Physical Science at McNeese State University, and because of his intrigue in "Space", he built the University's Observatory, telescopes, and developed Astronomy and Physical Science classes.  In 2002, with over 20 years experience working in the Petrochemical Industry where he was project manager for several multi-million dollar projects, Dr. Connella returned to McNeese State University in Engineering Technology teaching Instrumentation and Electronics.  He has authored and edited several textbooks on Instrumentation and developed Instrument Lab Manuals as well as teaching seminars on controllers and control functions for industrial personnel.

Office: Drew Hall 326
(337) 475-5845
mconnella@mcneese.edu
Dennison

Dr. James Dennison

Coming Soon!





Office: Drew Hall 122
(337) 475-5860
jdennison@mcneese.edu

Brent Garner

Brent Garner

Mr. Garner is a graduate of McNeese State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and of Southern Methodist University with an M.S. in Electricial Engineering.  His industrial career spanned about a decade, working in the defense electronics industry for Honeywell in New Mexico and for Raytheon in Texas.  Currently an Associate Professor of Engineering Technology as well as the Program Coordinator of the Electronics program.  Mr. Garner has taught the upper-level PLC course in Engineering Technology for over a decade and the PLC portion of an engineering controls lab for five years.  He also teaches digital design and project courses.
Office: Drew Hall 316
(337) 475-5855
garner@mcneese.edu
Kay Kussman

Kay Kussmann

Ms. Kussmann is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.  She holds a B.S. in Mathematics Education from Louisiana Tech University, and a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Southwestern Louisiana.  Her research interests include databases, data mining, data warehouse, artificial intelligence, robotics, gaming, cloud computing, and computational modeling.  She is a past Pinnacle Excellence Award receipient.


Office: Drew Hall 207
(337) 475-5801
kkussman@mcneese.edu
Qui Liu

Dr. Qiu Liu

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Office: Drew Hall 314
(337) 475-5849
qliu@mcneese.edu
Vipin Menon

Dr. Vipin Menon

Dr. Menon received his PhD in Computer Science from Tulane University in 2007 and joined McNeese that year.  He is a professional member of the ACM, IEEE,  Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI),  American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE),  Mathematical Association of America (MAA), and American Mathematical Society (AMS).  Dr. Menon's primary research interests include Artificial Intelligence, Databases and Data Mining.  His secondary interests are Algorithms, Web Technologies, and Computer Science Education.  Dr. Menon serves on the Steering Committee of the CCSC-SC (covering Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma) and was Conference Chair at the 25th Annual Conference of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges, South Central Region at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas in April 2014. Courses taught by Dr. Menon at McNeese include Csci  180, 281, 308, 102, 284, 241, 309, 419/549, 425/555, 426/556, 415/545, 619, 631, 637, 601, and a variety of special topics courses which are taught as advanced courses at the graduate level such as Neural Networks, Computational Geometry, Complexity Theory, Parallel and High Performance Computing, and Data Mining.


Office: Drew Hall 204
(337) 475-5806
menon@mcneese.edu
Dorothy

Dorothy Ortego

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Office: Drew Hall 322
(337) 475-5844
dortego@mcneese.edu
Javier

Javier Pineros

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Office: Drew Hall 315
(337) 475-5853
jpineros@mcneese.edu
Spruel

Loretta Spruel

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Office: Kirkman Hall 138C
(337) 475-5771
lspruel@mcneese.edu


Staff


Rhonda

Rhonda Levergne

Secretary to the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Office: Drew Hall 324
Phone #: (337) 475-5854
Fax #: (337) 475-5292
rlevergne@mcneese.edu 

New Faculty Members Starting Fall 2013


Dr. Matthew Hayes, Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Ph.D. in Computer Science, Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Ruting Jia, Visiting Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, The University of Texas