Dr. Joe LoBuglio
Dean of Engineering and Computer Science
Dr. LoBuglio has a BSE in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University, a MSE in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Leland Stanford Junior University and a PhD in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. His doctoral thesis on "Probability-based Approaches for Incorporating Uncertainty into Water Resource Models" used advanced data management and statistical techniques to understand how to incorporate natural and modeling uncertainty when assessing water quality and resource availability in the Catawba River Basin in western North Carolina.
He has been an instructor of engineering and computer science and taught courses related to civil and environmental engineering and programming. He was also the faculty adviser for the rocketry team and currently advises the robotics team and enjoys working at the interface of electrical and mechanical systems.
As Dean of the department and Interim Executive Director of the Ryden Program for Innovation and Leadership in AI at NCSSM, Dr. LoBuglio works to provide new learning opportunities to engage students from around the state and nation to develop technology skills and perspectives needed to address the critical needs of our society.
Dr. LoBuglio tries to bring his professional experience in the aerospace, automotive, environmental, and safe water and sanitation fields to his teaching to make student activities both relevant and interesting. He also enjoys investigating the interface between people and technology, particularly how people’s choices and motivations can affect the implementation of beneficial technological solutions.