Dr. Kelly A. Rusch
Vice President for Research and Creative Activity (RCA)
Dr. Kelly A. Rusch was hired as vice president for research and creative activity at North Dakota State University in June 2013. Rusch began work at NDSU in late September, succeeding Philip Boudjouk, who held the position since March 2000 when it was first established. Rusch's role is to facilitate, coordinate and advance research at NDSU and foster economic development.
Rusch joined the Louisiana State University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty in 1993, where she focused on microorganism system design, development and modeling, and engineering education. She led a research group focused on microalgae-cyanobacteria for biofuels and bioproducts production. This work was recognized in 2008 by the Aquacultural Engineering Society Superior Paper Award and through two pending patents.
While at Louisiana State University, she secured more than $15 million in research grant funding as a principal or co-principal investigator. She served in numerous leadership positions, including associate dean of the College of Engineering, interim chair of the Department of Construction Management and Industrial Engineering, co-chair of Louisiana State's Commission on the Status of Women and founder and director of the Institute for Ecological Infrastructure Engineering. She has been a technical consultant on topics including aquacultural engineering, microalgae and zooplankton system design and operation since 1997. She is a registered professional engineer in Louisiana.
Rusch is a member of the board of directors and past president of the Aquacultural Engineering Society, an international professional organization that supports the advancement of the global aquaculture community. She was a founding member of LSU's Women in Engineering Leadership Institute, which was formed to support the advancement of women faculty into leadership positions. Rusch has more than 120 refereed articles and technical papers and reports. She has presented more than 165 conference and invited talks and lectures on scientific and educational topics.
She earned her bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, and her master's degree and doctorate in civil engineering with emphasis on environmental engineering at Louisiana State University.