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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.

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     12/18 - News About the News (Encore)

How can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference?
According to the 2018 Louisiana Survey, when it comes to trusting news organizations, more Louisiana residents put their faith in local media than national media outlets. Despite that trust, only 36 percent of the state’s news consumers say local news deals fairly with both sides.

So, why is there so much mistrust of the news media? Where are consumers primarily getting their news? How can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on a special encore presentation of “News about the News” airing Wednesday, December 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

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