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Dr. Bradley A. Cicciarelli
Senior Lecturer, Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
Education

B.S. Chemical Engineering,
University of Florida, 2001

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2007
Contact Information

Louisiana Tech University                                                                                      
PO Box 10157                                                                                     
Ruston, LA 71272
                                                                                                                                                                        
Office:  BMEB 115                                                                                   
Phone: (318) 257-2350                                                                                   
Email:  bradc@latech.edu
Background

Dr. Cicciarelli grew up in northwest Florida, in a small town outside of Pensacola. He attended
the University of Florida and received a bachelorís degree in Chemical Engineering in 2001.
Later that year, he began graduate school at M.I.T.  His thesis research focused on
photoresponsive surfactants, which are specially-designed molecules which change their
shape when light conditions change and thereby cause changes in solution properties such as
surface tension and viscosity.  Sometime during his undergraduate studies, he decided that
he wanted to eventually pursue an academic career.  While in graduate school, he had
opportunities to assist in teaching courses and found that he really enjoyed teaching and
interacting with students.  These positive experiences reinforced his desire to teach and led
him to seek out faculty positions at colleges and universities with a strong emphasis on
education.  Louisiana Tech impressed him with its commitment to teaching, and so after
completing his Ph.D. in the spring of 2007, he moved to Ruston to join its faculty.
Dr. Cicciarelli is a Lecturer in both the Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
Programs.  He has taught several classes in the thermal sciences area (thermodynamics,
heat transfer, etc.) as well as chemical engineering undergraduate lecture and laboratory
courses and a graduate level course in transport phenomena.  He has enjoyed his experience
at Tech thus far and appreciates the opportunity to work with engineering students from
different backgrounds.
Despite nationwide studies that indicate that students are getting lazier and that colleges and
universities are lowering standards to accommodate them, Dr. Cicciarelli remains committed
to maintaining rigorous academic standards to ensure that his students are well-prepared for
future employment and that their diploma has value.