UL-Lafayette officials recommend removing ‘interim’ from research official’s title

Ramesh Kolluru is the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s new vice president of research, university officials announced Monday in a news release.

Kolluru’s appointment is pending approval by the Board of Supervisors of the University of Louisiana System.

He has served as interim vice president of research since August 2012. Kolluru joined the campus 21 years ago as a computer science graduate student and received his master’s degree and doctorate in computer science from the university.

“He has had many roles at the university over the years and has excelled in all of them,” said Joseph Savoie, UL-Lafayette’s president, in a news release.

“Dr. Kolluru has experience working with leaders in the state and national research arena and has developed valuable alliances with businesses and other universities,” he noted. “He thinks strategically and capitalizes on opportunities to advance UL-Lafayette.”

In his role as interim vice president, Kolluru oversees the university’s 16 research centers. He is working on an initiative with Savoie and Jerry Luke LeBlanc, vice president for administration and finance, to create the Ragin’ Cajun Research and Economic Development Foundation with a goal to make the university’s research enterprise self-sufficient in the next two years.

Kolluru is an associate professor in the university’s School of Computing and Informatics.

He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Osmania University in India.

In addition to his teaching duties at the university, Kolluru has worked as a research scientist and as director of three nationally recognized research centers on the campus: Center for Business and Information Technologies, the National Incident Management Systems and Advanced Technologies Institute and the Center for Visual and Decision Informatics, Louisiana’s first National Science Foundation Center.