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March 2016
  • Tech-Connect  2016 (Technology-Focused Career Fair just for the CSIT Department) is scheduled on Wednesday, March 23 in the first floor lobby areas of Fayard Hall.

Tech-Connect 2016


February 2016
  • EVENT: ACM will have a meeting on Wednesday Feb.3 at 6:30 PM in Fayard 122. The speaker is Dr. John Burris. He will talk about programming competitions. Food and beverages will be served.

January 2016
  • EVENT: CSIT faculty participated in the Lion Pride Preview event on Saturday Jan.30 in the New Student Union Ballroom.

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  • EVENT: ASSE (American Society of Safety Engineers) Student Section had its January meeting on Wednesday Jan.27 at 5:00 PM in Fayard 218. The guest speaker is Mr. Chris Kuiper, new OSH&E Instructor at Southeastern. Mr. Kuiper talked about Safety and Health for New Employees. Food and beverages were served.


  • Dr. Ephraim Massawe, OSH&E, received the January 2016 Faculty Senate President’s Scholar Award. Congratulations!

Ephraim Massawe Award 

  • EVENT: Halo Mobile Guard made a presentation on its company and the student opportunities on Thursday Jan.21 in Fayard 213.

Halo Mobile Guard



  • EVENT: A group of Computer Science students visited Envoc, Transformyx data center, and Lamar Advertising Corporate Office in Baton Rouge on Tuesday Jan.5. The tour was organized by Dr. Ghassan Alkadi of Computer Science and Mr. Calvin Fabre, President of Envoc.

Envoc Trip

December 2015
  • Dr. Ephraim Massawe, OSH&E, learned that his proposal, Safety Hazards and Human Health Risks of Engineered Nanoparticles, has been accepted for presentation at the ASSE Region IV PDC in Tampa, Florida, February 25-26, 2016.


  • Dr. Junkun Ma of Engineering Technology and Dr. Lu Yuan received the Southeastern Real-World Ready faculty grant, respectively! Dr. Lu Yuan also received the Southeastern Real-World Ready assessment coordinator grant. According to the award emails, ET 381 is now an officially-designated QEP course when Dr. Junkun Ma is the instructor of record Spring 2016 through May 2020. OSHE 382 is now an officially-designated QEP course when Dr. Lu Yuan is the instructor of record Spring 2016 through May 2020. Congratulations!


  • EVENT: ASSE (American Society of Safety Engineers) Student Section sponsored a Process Hazard Analysis Facilitator Certification course that was taught by Mr. Glen Young, CSP, Dec.14-16 in Student Union room 2202.

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  • EVENT: OSH&E Fall 2015 Graduation Ceremony, sponsored by GBRASSE, Glenn Young & Associates, Performance Contractors, Hagemeyer, Allpax, Deep South Crane & Rigging, and SafetyPro Resources, was held on Friday Dec.4 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Historic Michabelle Inn & Restaurant. At the ceremony, Mr. David West, former member of the Board of Directors of BCSP (Board of Certified Safety Professionals) 2008-2013, presented the GSP (Graduate Safety Practitioner) designations to the 12 OSH&E Fall 2015 graduate candidates.

OSH&E Fall 2015 Graduation Ceremony

November 2015
  • The following CSIT faculty members have received funding for their Student Technology Fee Large Project Proposals. Congratulations!
      • Enhancing the Engineering Design, Analysis, and Prototyping Laboratory submitted by Drs. Junkun Ma & Cris Koutsougeras.
      • Anzalone 219 CAD Workstations submitted by Dr. Roy Bonnette & GA Jarred Reno.
      • Virtual Southeastern Campus submitted by Dr. Wesley Deneke.
      • Implementing Real World Ready Elements Within Engineering Technology submitted by Dr. Mohammad Saadeh.


  • EVENT: Siemens Technology Mobile Showcase was held on Friday Nov.20 from 9 AM to 12:30 PM in the faculty/staff parking lot north of Anzalone Hall (on the Tennessee Avenue). The Mobile Showcase is a 38-foot long, 10-foot wide and 12-foot high demonstration-on-wheels of Siemens technology. The showcase trailer can accommodate approximately 25 people at a time. The showcase consists of functional displays of several actual customer applications and focus on how Siemens technology can benefit a customer in the areas of designing, commissioning, monitoring and maintaining their automation equipment.

Siemens Technology Mobile Showcase 

  • EVENT: ACM had a meeting on Wednesday Nov.18 at 6:30 PM in Fayard 122. The speaker is Taylor Yust and he will talk about Unity: What Is?.


  • EVENT: WIT (Women in Technology) Southeastern Chapter had their meeting on Wednesday Nov.11 at 5:30 PM in Fayard 218. The guest speaker is Sylvia Gil who works at the Naval Research Laboratory in Stennis Space Center.


  • EVENT: ASSE (American Society of Safety Engineers) Student Section had its November meeting on Tuesday Nov.10 at 11:00 AM in Fayard 218. Five safety professionals including Mr. Chuck Giffin of Jacobs, Mr. Barry Abshire of Pala, Mr. Michael Phelps of Turner Industries, Mr. Paul Amedee of Safway Group, and Mrs. Julie Roussel of DOW Chemical, shared their experiences in SH&E with students.

ASSE Student Section November Meeting


  • EVENT: The 2015 CSIT Department Advisory Committee Annual Meeting was held on Friday Nov.6 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the New Student Union Ballroom. Here are the agenda and parking pass.

2015 CSIT Advisory Committee Meeting


October 2015
  • EVENT: CSIT faculty and student participated in the Lion Pride Preview event on Saturday Oct.31 in the New Student Union Ballroom.

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  • EVENT: ACM had a meeting on Wednesday Oct.21 at 6:30 PM in Fayard 122. The speaker is the deluxe Dr. Wesley Deneke. The topic is "ALL YOUR DATABASES BELONG TO US."  It is the week of SLUGO so ACM distributed the SLUGO vouchers for the members.


  • EVENT: WIT (Women in Technology) Southeastern Chapter had their third meeting on Wednesday Oct.14 at 5:30 PM in Fayard 218. The guest speaker is Angele Romig, the VP-COA at GCR.



  • EVENT: ASSE (American Society of Safety Engineers) Student Section had its October meeting on Wednesday Oct.14 at 5:30 PM in Fayard 213. The guest speaker is Mr. Chris Newton, Workforce Development Coordinator of Cajun Industries, LLC. Mr. Newton talked about Cajun Safety Culture and Technical Training. Food and beverages were served. 



  • EVENT: AADE (American Association of Drilling Engineers) Student Section had an annual membership-drive meeting on Wednesday Oct.14 at 4:45 pm in Fayard 109. Mr. Joe Gelpi of Oceaneering talked about the AADE events and opportunities. Pizza and beverages were served.



  • EVENT: Fugro visited the CSIT Department and held presentation and interview sessions on Thursday Oct.8 in Fayard Hall 303.



  • EVENT: OSH&E student, Christopher Huckabee, volunteered at the 1st Annual Tangipahoa STEM Fest on Saturday Oct.3 from 9 AM to 12 PM in Michael Kennedy Center at 601 W. Coleman Ave. Hammond, LA 70403.

STEM Tangi

September 2015
  • The following CSIT students have been selected as recipients of the CSIT 2015-2016 scholarships. Congratulations!
      • SGA Endowed Scholarship in Science and Technology -- Rylie Hanson, ET Senior
      • Dr. William Curran Memorial Scholarship in Computer Science -- Bibek Gautam, CS Junior
      • Greater Baton Rouge American Society of Safety Engineers Scholarship -- Leiah Roberts, IT AAS in OSH&E Senior, and Breanna Prevost, OSH&E Sophomore
      • Linda Holt Sullivan Endowed Scholarship in Occupational Safety, Health, and Environment -- Miranda Sciortino, OSH&E Sophomore
      • Taylor Jeansonne Endowed Scholarship in Industrial Technology -- Zachary Edwards, IT Senior
      • Theodore G. "Teddy" Betz, Jr. Memorial Scholarship in Industrial Technology -- Emily Soileau, IT Senior
      • Thomas A. Utsey, Jr. Memorial Scholarship in Industrial Technology -- Rustin Rosevear, IT Senior


  • Drs. Ho-Hoon Lee and Mohammad Saadeh, Engineering Technology, received the Southeastern Real-World Ready faculty grant, respectively! According to the award emails, ET 485/486 are now officially-designated QEP classes when Dr. Ho-Hoon Lee is the instructor of record 2016 through May 2020. And, ET 386 is now an officially-designated QEP class when Dr. Mohammad Saadeh is the instructor of record 2016 through May 2020. Congratulations!


  • EVENTWIT (Women in Technology) Southeastern Chapter had their second meeting Wednesday Sep.30 at 5:30 PM in Fayard 218. The speaker is Aimee Moll, a systems engineer at Laitram LLC in New Orleans. Pizza and drinks were served.



  • EVENT: OSH&E Students and Faculty members participated in the Louisiana Governor's Safety and Health Conference Sep.28-29 at Crown Plaza in Baton Rouge.

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  • EVENT: Mr. John Kendrick, Manager of Environmental, Health, and Safety at Textron Systems Marine & Land Systems, talked about Textron and student opportunties in both ET 100 at 3:30 PM in Kinesiology Building 1002 and ET 493/494 at 5:00 PM in Fayard 101 on Thursday Sep.24.



  • EVENT: The ACM meeting was held on Wednesday, Sep.23 at 6:30pm in Fayard 122. The speaker was the prestigious Ray DeJean and he talked about a special topic. ACM was serving pizza and accepting applications to be a full ACM member at this meeting.

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  • EVENTCenturyLink Information Sessions were held in CMPS 431 at 3:30 PM in Fayard 213 and CMPS 411 at 5:00 PM in Fayard 107 on Thursday Sep.17.

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  • EVENTWIT (Women in Technology) Southeastern Chapter had their first meeting Wednesday Sep.16 at 5:30 PM in Fayard 218. They had pizza, drinks, and a speaker. The speaker, Dr. John Burris gave a talk on resume, interview, and career fair tips.

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  • EVENT: The first ASSE (American Society of Safety Engineers) Student Section meeting of 2015-2016 was held on Monday, Sep.14 in the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center Room 104 at 5:30 PM. The President of the Greater Baton Rouge ASSE chapter, Mr. Jeremy Miller, was the guest speaker for the evening. Mr. Miller discussed current trends/needs in construction safety besides sharing the benefits of getting involved with ASSE/GBRASSE.

ASSE Student Section September Meeting


  • EVENT: Iron 27 Gaming Day was held on Thursday Sep.3 in Fayard Hall. Mr. Joel Tubre, President & Creative Director of Iron27 Inc., and Mr. Patrick Flynn, Location Manager of Iron27, Inc. talked about their company and the student opportunities. 

Iron 27 Gaming Day


  • Dr. Wesley Deneke, Computer Science, learned that his paper, Augmenting Healthcare - Integrating Augmented Reality and Pervasive Computing into Human Computer Interaction, has been accepted for the ISECON 2015 annual meeting in Orlando, Florida, November 5-7, 2015.


  • Dr. John W Burris, Computer Science, learned that his paper, Machine Learning for the Activitation of Contraflows During Hurricane Evacuation, has been accepted for the 2015 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference in Seattle, Washington, October 8-11, 2015.


  • Dr. Ho-Hoon Lee, Engineering Technology, learned that his paper, A Leader-Following Formation Control of a Group of Forklift-Like Mobile Robots, has been accepted for the ASME 2015 International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition in Houston, Texas, November 13-19, 2015. Dr. Lee will also serve as the Session Chair for Area: Design and Control of Robots, Mechanisms and Structures I at the conference.


  • EVENT: The first ACM meeting of 2015-2016 was held on Wednesday Sep.2 at 6:30 pm in Fayard 122. It was a general meet and greet with free pizza.

August 2015
  • Dr. Lu Yuan, OSH&E, learned that his paper, An integrated biomechanical modeling approach to the ergonomic evaluation of drywall installation, has been accepted for publication in Applied Ergonomics.


  • Seth Champagne, Nicholas Moran, and Tyler Becker, three Computer Science students, mentored by Dr. Ihssan Alkadi, learned that their submission, Southeastern Louisiana University Cloud Based Sustainability Project, have been accepted for the 2016 IEEE Aerospace Conference in Big Sky, Montana, March 5-12, 2016.

July 2015
  • Dr. Lu Yuan, OSHE, is an invited Guest Speaker for the 2015 Louisiana Occupational Health Conference at the Embassy Suites in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, July 31 - August 1, 2015.


  • Justin LeJeune and Cara Tunstall, two Computer Science students, mentored by Dr. Ihssan Alkadi, learned that their submission, Enhancing Cloud Security with a Newer and More Enhanced Version of the Old MIST, have been accepted for the 2016 IEEE Aerospace Conference in Big Sky, Montana, March 5-12, 2016.

June 2015
  • Dr. Ihssan Alkadi, Computer Science, learned that his chapter, Assessing Security with Regard to Cloud Applications in STEM Education, has been accepted for Cloud-Based STEM Education for Improved Learning Outcomes, one of the Advances in Educational Technologies and Instructional Design (AETID) Book Series.

May 2015
  • Dr. Sebastian van Delden, Grace Chenevert, and Dr. John Burris' (Computer Science) paper "Finger Tip Tracking for Manipulator Jogging using the Kinect." will appear in Proceedings of the 7th Annual IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Practical Robot Applications. Boston, MA. May 11-12, 2015


  • Dr. John W Burris. (Computer Science) “Visualizing Keyword Searches Using the Venn Diagram.” 2015 International Conference on Software and Information Systems, Las Vegas, NV, May 2015.

April 2015
  • Dr. Junkun Ma, Engineering Technology, wins a $53,500 grant from the Board of Regents to develop an Engineering Technology Laboratory. 
  • The Student Section of the American Association of Drilling Engineers (AADE) will have a meeting on April 30, 2015 in Fayard Hall Room #205 , 1205 N. Oak St., Hammond, LA, 70402. We will introduce our Treasurer, Jason Sekulich, and our Secretary, David Bleakley. In addition to this, our guest speaker will be Mr. Alden Sonnier of M-I SWACO, and he will be speaking about Drilling Fluids; How/Why they are used, Kinds used, etc.
  • Women in Technology (WIT) has its last regular meeting of the semester on Thursday, April 2 at 5:00 PM in Fayard 122. Savannah Brown from Rescutopia will be speaking on the non-profit she started for shelter animals and how she used her technical skills to make a difference in the community. We will also have our officer elections at this meeting.

March 2015
  • Tech-Connect  2015 (technology-focused Career Fair just for the CSIT department) is on Wednesday, March 25 in the first floor lobby areas of Fayard Hall. Employer booths from 930am-12pm. Come with polished resume and dressed to impress.  

Tech-Connect 2015

  • Dr. Mohammad Saadeh, Engineering Technology, learns that his paper "Parameters Identification for a Composite Piezoelectric Actuator Dynamics" has been published in Actuators, ISSN 2076-0825,


  • Future college students interact with James Stutts' new zSpace 3D visualization/interaction machine at a big Southeastern recruiting event. James is an Industrial Technology faculty member.


  • Dr. Lu Yuan, OSH&E, learns that his paper "Reducing ergonomic injuries for librarians using a participatory approach" has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics.

  • Dr. John Burris, Computer Science, learns that his paper on information retrieval has been accepted into the 2015 International Conference on Software and Information Systems, Las Vegas, Nevada. 

  • Dr. Lu Yuan, OSHE, wins the 2015 Outstanding Educator Award from the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). This is a national level award which will be presented to Dr. Yuan at the annual conference in Dallas, Texas. 

  • David Landon, President of American Welding Society (AWS) and Manager of Welding Engineering for Vermeer Corporation,  visited Southeastern's campus on Monday 3/9, spoke to Industrial Technology students, and toured the industrial technology labs. Many thanks to Anthony Blakeney and George Fairbanks for coordinating this visit!

David Landon, AWS President


  • Dr. Ihssan Alkadi, Darrien Rushing and Jason Guidry travel to the Big Sky IEEE Aerospace Conference in Montana to present their paper titled: Comparative Analysis of Current Security Algorithms and the "MIST" Algorithm in Cloud Computing. 

Big Sky

  • The ASSE Student Section March meeting is scheduled on Thursday Mar.12th from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm in Fayard Hall 303. Ms. Vic Couvillion, President of Keep Hammond Beautiful, will talk about Keeping Hammond Beautiful and Environment-Friendly. As environmental issues become more and more relevant and important, this meeting offers a great opportunity to learn how to accomplish and to solicit more willing hands, heads and hearts to help the organization fulfill its mission. Lunch (Chicken Lasagna) is provided. Please reply this email by Thursday Mar.5th if you are interested in attending the meeting.

  • Women in Technology (WIT) will meet on Thursday, March 5, at 5 PM in Fayard 122. Kristen Reeves and Sara Moore from LA-WIT will speak to us about their experiences in STEM and about how LA-WIT and SELU-WIT can work together.

  • Mr. Jake Valenti, CSP, Sr. EHS&S Professional at Axiall Corporation and an OSH&E Spring 2009 Graduate, has generously offered the Axiall plant tour opportunity to all OSH&E students on Wednesday Mar.4th. Everyone is invited to participate in the General Contractor meeting at 1 pm first and then the plant tour afterwards. Should you be interested in and available for the meeting and tour on Wednesday Mar.4th, please contact Dr. Lu Yuan. 

February 2015
  • Ross&Wallace hosted a group of Occupational . Safety, Health and Environment (OSH&E) and Southeastern's student Local Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) students on February 20, 2015. The student toured the paper products facility in Hammond and learned about the industry. 


  • Hammond .NET User Group will meet on February 18 at 6pm in the Fayard Hall. The talk is "How to live .Net in a MEAN world: An introduction to Mongo and the Node suite for the .Net guy" by Jonathan Nogueira (Baton Rouge General Hospital) who will be going through an introduction to Node and the paradigms it represents, and Edge.js, a set library that lets Node scripts access .Net libraries, and C# execute Node scripts and also be looking at Mongo and the C# driver for it. Jonathan Nogueira is an Intro level programmer at Baton Rouge General Hospital, and has been working with .Net and the ASP.Net stack since early 2012. He enjoys working on 3D rendering and small electronics projects. He also enjoys working in and contributing to the open source community and is overjoyed that .Net is joining the fold.
  • The ACM Student Club will meet on Wednesday, February 11th in Fayard room 205. Dr. John Burris will be giving a presentation on competitive coding as we are trying to make a formal group as a Southeastern coding team (for all levels of Comp. Sci. majors). Questions? Contact Matthew Puneky,

  • The ASSE Southeastern Student Section has its meeting for the Spring semester on Monday, February 9th in room 116 at the Livingston Center (9261 Florida Blvd. Walker, LA 70785) at 7:30 PM. Mr. Jake Valenti, CSP, Sr. EHS&S Professional at Axiall Corporation and OSH&E Spring 2009 Graduate, will be the guest speaker for the evening. Mr. Valenti will be discussing PSM (Process Safety Management). Pizzas and soft drinks will be provided.



  • Southeastern's WIT Student Club has its first meeting of the semester in Fayard 122 at 5 PM on Thursday, February 5. The guest speaker is Dr. Ying Yang. Dr. Yang is a researcher as LSU Agriculture Center, where she is working on a biofuel project. Drinks and Snacks will be served. 



  • Dr. Mohammad Saadeh, assistant professor of Engineering Technology, travels to Pontchartrain Elementary School in Mandeville, LA, to deliver an interactive electronics program to a class of 17 gifted students. 
Pontchartrain Elementary School

January 2015
  • Dr. Mohammad Saadeh, assistant professor of Engineering Technology, publishes a paper "Synchonizing Bus Dispatching to Minimize Waiting Times at Transfer Nodes Using Genetic Algorithms," in the Journal of Traffic and Logistics Engineering, Volume 2, Number 4, Pages, 248-254.


  • The Intramural Coding Bee (programming competition) is held in Fayard Hall, room 122 on Friday 1/30. Cool prizes go to the winning teams. Kickoff Party is Thursday, 1/29 from 430-530pm in front of Fayard Hall; all students are welcome. There will be food, music, door prizes. Faculty Coach: Dr. John Burris. Rick Gremillion, President of Geocent (sponsor of Southeastern Programming team), addresses students at the Kick Off Party:


From left to right: Dr. Jon Burris, the winning team (Jeffrey Balint, Matthew Puneky, and Taylor Nichols), and Rick Gremillion:

Coding Bee 2015  

  • The Regional Meeting of the American Welding Society is held on Southeastern's campus in Fayard Hall, room 101, on Thursday January 22nd, from 6pm-8pm. Faculty coordinator at Southeastern: Anthony Blakeney.