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Panelist Bio

Richard "Rick" Koubek
Dean of the LSU College of Engineering

Dr. Richard J. Koubek began his tenure as Dean of the College of Engineering at LSU in 2009 after more than 23 years in academia. As dean he holds the Bert S. Turner Chair in Engineering.

Prior to coming to LSU, Koubek was Professor and Head for the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at Penn State where he also held the Peter and Angel Dal Pezzo Department Head Chair. Formerly, he held the posts of Professor and Chair for the Department of Biomedical, Industrial and Human Factors Engineering, and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies for the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Wright State University.

Koubek served six years on the faculty in the School of Industrial Engineering at Purdue University and began his academic career as a faculty member in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Wright State University.

He is highly regarded with respect to research and successful in supporting initiatives. He has authored and co-authored countless technical engineering journals, articles, book chapters and books and has given many invited presentations around the globe including Tokyo, Beijing and the United Kingdom. He has served as principal investigator and/or co-investigator on numerous research grants.

Koubek has served as a proposal reviewer for the National Science Foundation, NASA and the Office of Naval Research. Most recently, he was appointed to serve on Tsinghua University’s Department of Industrial Engineering’s International Advisory Board. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Industrial Modernization Center and the Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Productivity.

Koubek’s awards include the 2013 Governor's Technology Award, the “Click-It” Award for Innovative Use of Instructional Technology, and the Pritsker Outstanding Teaching Award at Purdue University. He also served as a NEC Corporation Faculty Fellow. In 2001, Koubek was named Department Chair of the Year at Wright State University. He is also listed in the Who’s Who in Engineering Education, the Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and the American Society of Engineering Education.

Koubek holds bachelor’s degrees from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., and Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, and a master’s degree and doctorate in industrial engineering from Purdue University. He and his wife, Valerie, live in St. Francisville, Louisiana.

Current Topic

     03/18 - Making Schools Safe

Where does Louisiana stand in this national discussion?
The school shooting in Broward County Florida that took the lives of 17 people has reignited the debate over how to make our schools safe. Energized students nationwide are calling for restricted access to certain guns. Congress is considering broader background checks and age limits on gun purchases. President Donald Trump is most enthusiastic about training school staff members to carry concealed weapons.

Where does Louisiana stand in this national discussion? How would gun control proposals affect the 45% of Louisianans who own guns? What mental health services are available to prevent teenagers from acting out violently? What increased security measures should schools take and how much will they cost? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Making Schools Safe” airing Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB and WLAE in New Orleans. (Taping Tuesday, March 27.)

Our panelists are:
• Sheriff Jason Ard, Livingston Parish
• Betty Muller, M.D., Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
• Scott Richard, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia

The program features interviews with Bossier Parish School Superintendent Scott Smith; Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington; Director of Security for Bossier Parish Schools, Lt. Adam Johnson; and Meagan Medley, Ph.D., a nationally-certified school psychologist and assistant professor at Nicholls State University. LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and LPB news anchor, Andre’ Moreau, will moderate the discussion.

Louisiana Public Square
can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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