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About Bradley Cicciarelli

Dr. Cicciarelli grew up in northwest Florida, in a small town outside of Pensacola. He attended the University of Florida and received a bachelor’s 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.


Present Senior Lecturer, Louisiana Tech University Chemical Engineering


Research Interests

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Honors and Awards

  • Golden Shaft Award, 2009, 2011-2015, 2018
  • COES Teaching Award, 2010
  • COES Outstanding Faculty Award, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, & 2019
  • F. Jay Taylor Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2013


  • CMEN 202: Chemical Engineering Calculations (Material & Energy Balances)
  • CMEN 255: Lab Measurements & Report Writing
  • CMEN 304: Transport Phenomena
  • CMEN 313/MEEN353: Heat Transfer
  • CMEN 353: Chemical Engineering Junior Laboratory
  • CMEN 453: Chemical Engineering Senior Laboratory
  • CMEN 513/MEEN 543: Transport Phenomena/Advanced Heat Transfer
  • ENGR 222: Thermodynamics
  • MEEN 332: Thermodynamics II
  • MEEN 451: Thermal Design


2007 Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology ‐ Chemical Engineering
2001 B.S., University of Florida ‐ Chemical Engineering

Contact Information

Louisiana Tech University                                                                                      
PO Box 10157                                                                                     
Ruston, LA 71272
Office:  BMEB 115                                                                                   
Phone: (318) 257-2350