Dr. Kelly A. Rusch
Vice President for Research and Creative Activity (RCA)
Dr. Kelly A. Rusch became the vice president for research and creative activity at North Dakota State University in September 2013. Rusch’s role is to facilitate, coordinate and advance research at NDSU and foster economic development.
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.