University of South Carolina

University names top researchers to CoEE leadership

The University of South Carolina has named three leading researchers to lead Centers of Economic Excellence (CoEE) aimed at creating jobs and new opportunities for South Carolinians.

Dr. Simon Hudson, a professor of tourism and marketing at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business in Canada, has been named the CoEE Endowed Chair of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. Hudson also will be director of the CoEE in Tourism and Economic Development and will join the university’s faculty in the College of Hotel, Restaurant and Sport Management in January.

Dr. Anton Jochen Lauterbach, a professor of chemical engineering at the University of Delaware, will be the CoEE Endowed Chair for Strategic Environmental Approaches to Electricity Production from Coal. Lauterbach, who will join the university’s faculty at the College of Engineering and Computing in August 2010, also will be the director of the CoEE in Strategic Approaches to the Production of Electricity from coal.

Dr. Steve Blair, an Arnold School of Public Health researcher recognized internationally for his studies on physical activity and health, will be co-director of the CoEE Technology Center to Enhance Healthful Lifestyles. Blair and Dr. Carolyn Jenkins of MUSC’s College of Nursing will lead the center until two scientists are recruited.

University President Harris Pastides said the selection of Hudson and Lauterbach came after international searches.

“Dr. Hudson is an expert on the marketing of tourism, so his areas of interest are a perfect match for our state, where tourism is the No. 1 industry,” Pastides said. “His research will be vital in making tourism a stronger economic force in the state.”

Lauterbach is a well-known chemical engineer whose research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy, as well as industries such as Ford Motor Co., Union Carbide, AlliedSignal, Shell and Toyota.

“Dr. Lauterbach’s science and engineering research will be an asset in attracting funding, faculty and graduate students to study the environmental impacts of coal emissions from coal-fired plants,” Pastides said.

Blair’s leadership of the CoEE Technology Center to Advance Healthful Lifestyles is critical to helping curb the health problems related to the obesity epidemic in our state and nation, Pastides said. “Dr. Blair is one of the most respected scientists in the field of physical activity and health,” Pastides said. “Our collaboration with MUSC comes at a time when too many children and adults are facing serious health problems related to sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy diets.”

Hudson is the author of five books on tourism, including “Golf Tourism,” scheduled for publication in 2010 by Goodfellow Publishers Limited. He was selected for the 2003 – 04 Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research Achievement at the University of Calgary.

Hudson has published numerous journal articles, book chapters and magazine articles. He earned his diploma in marketing from Buckinghamshire College and a bachelor’s degree in business studies at Brighton Polytechnic. He earned an MBA from California State University Chico and a doctoral degree from the University of Surrey.

Lauterbach, who also has been a faculty member at Purdue University, was selected to receive the National Science Foundation’s prestigious Career Development Award in 1998. He earned the Feodor-Lynen Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation in Germany and was the recipient of the Union Carbide Innovation Recognition Award in 2000. He was a finalist for the University of Delaware’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008.

Lauterbach earned his undergraduate degree in technical physics from the University of Bayreuth in Germany and his doctoral degree from the Free University of Berlin and the Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max-Planck-Society in Berlin.

Blair was a faculty member of the School of Public Health before being named director of The Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas, in 1980. He was president and CEO of The Cooper Institute from 2002 – 06, when he returned to Carolina as a professor in the department of exercise science and the department of epidemiology and biostatistics.

A past president of the American College of Sports Medicine, Blair is a recipient of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Medal, the MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association’s Population Science Award.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Kansas Wesleyan University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Indiana University.

Visit to learn more about the CoEE program, established in 2002 by the S.C. General Assembly to fund research programs that will drive economic development in the Palmetto State.

New CoEE leadership

  • Dr. Simon Hudson: Professor of tourism and marketing at University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business in Canada named CoEE Endowed Chair of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management.
  • Dr. Anton Jochen Lauterbach: Professor of chemical engineering at University of Delaware named CoEE Endowed Chair of Clean Coal
  • Dr. Steve Blair and Dr. Carolyn Jenkins: Blair, Arnold School of Public Health researcher, and Jenkins of MUSC’s College of Nursing to co-direct CoEE Technology Center to Enhance Healthful Lifestyles

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 10/20/09 @ 7:15 PM | Updated: 11/12/09 @ 11:05 AM | Permalink