Dr. Fred Lacy

  • Dr. Fred Lacy
  • Entergy Corporation Endowed Professor and Chair
  • Electrical Engineering Department
  • Phone: (225) 771-2541

    E-mail: fred_lacy@subr.edu


Dr. Fred Lacy earned his Ph.D. from Howard University in 1993.  Subsequently he joined the Bioengineering Department at University of California, San Diego from 1994 – 1998 as a postdoctoral fellow.  After completing his postdoctoral research, Dr. Lacy held a position as a medical device reviewer at the Food and Drug Administration.  Dr. Lacy joined the faculty at Southern University in 2002 and has been chair of the Electrical Engineering Department since 2014.


Dr. Lacy specializes in developing, manufacturing, and characterizing electronic microsensors and biomedical sensors.  He has researched and developed such devices for various applications (such as temperature sensing and oxygen free radical measurements) using integrated circuit fabrication and processing technology. Dr. Lacy has received millions of dollars in research grant funding.  He has presented his research findings at numerous conferences and his major results are published in various refereed journals.


Fall 2019 Classes:

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Research Interests:
  • Electronics Based Sensors
  • Electronic Transport in Conductors
  • Biosensors and Bioelectrodes
  • Thin Films
Teaching Interests:
Dr. Lacy's teaching interests are in the areas of electronics, biosensors, solid state physics, electromagnetic field theory, and AC/DC circuits.
  • Ph.D.: Electrical Engineering, Howard University (Washington, DC), Aug. 1990 – Dec. 1993
  • M.S.E.: Electrical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD), Sept. 1988 – Dec. 1989
  • B.S.E.E.: Electrical Engineering, Howard University (Washington, DC), Aug. 1983 – Dec. 1987
Research and Professional Experience:
  • Chair, Electrical Engineering Department, College of Sciences and Engineering, Southern University, Baton Rouge, LA, August 2014 – present, (leader and administrator of department affairs)
  • Professor, Electrical Engineering Department, College of Sciences and Engineering, SouthernUniversity, Baton Rouge, LA, August 2013 – present, (teaching: electronics, electrical circuits, sensors; research: sensors)
  • Adjunct Professor, Southern University, Environmental Toxicology Program, Baton Rouge, LA, April 2011 – present, (directing Ph. D. research and serving as member on dissertation committees)
  • Associate Professor, Southern University, School of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Department, Baton Rouge, LA, August 2007 – August 2013, (teaching: electronics, electrical circuits, sensors; research: sensors)
  • Assistant Professor, Southern University, School of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Department, Baton Rouge, LA, August 2002 – August 2007, (teaching: electronics, electrical circuits, sensors; research: sensors)
  • Electrical Engineer, Food and Drug Administration, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Office of Device Evaluation, Rockville, MD, August 1998 – May 2001, (performs scientific review of medicaldevices before they are marketed).
Awarded Grant:
  • Air Force Research Laboratory, June 2017 – May 2018,Fred Lacy, “Fabrication and Characterization of Varistor Sensors”, $47,000
  • U.S. Department of Energy, Oct. 2010 – Sept. 2015,Ernest Walker, Fred Lacy, Jiecai Luo, Patrick Carriere, Xinjia Chen, “Detection and Sensing ofEnvironmental and Chemical Substances using Ad-hoc Wireless Sensor Networks”, $2,160,000
  •  National Science Foundation, Jan. 2007 – Dec. 2010,Yvette P. Weatherton, Edgar R. Blevins, Fred Lacy, Karen E. Crosby, Patrick F. Mensah,“Scholarships Creating Opportunities for Retention in Engineering (SCORE)”, $500,000
  •  U.S. Department of Energy, Sept. 2005 – Aug. 2010, Ernest Walker, Fred Lacy, Pradeep Bhattacharya, Jiecai Luo, Patrick Carriere, “Detection andSensing of Environmental and Chemical Substances using Ad-hoc Wireless Sensor Networks”, $2,012,624
  •  Charles & Anna Stern Foundation, June 1997 – May 1998,Fred Lacy, Robert L. Sah, and Geert W. Schmid-Schönbein, "Hydrogen Peroxide: A Sensitive,Indicator and Pathogenic Mediator in Rheumatoid Arthritis?", $43,500
Graduate Students Directed:
  1. Yeshak Dabels, Master of Engineering, Nov. 2018, Thesis: Miniaturization of Chemical Identification by Magnetoelastic Sensing (ChIMES) Technology
  2. Thisara Walpita, Master of Engineering, July 2016, Thesis: Mass Analysis of a Molecule using a SAW and Capacitance Sensor
  3. Philip Jones, Doctor of Philosopy, Mar. 2013, Dissertation: Photoinduced Toxicity of Engineered Nanomaterials
  4. April Page, Master of Engineering, May 2007, Thesis: Investigations of Platinum Thin Film Resistance Temperature Detectors
  5. Nikhil Modi, Master of Engineering, Jan. 2006, Thesis: Design, Fabrication, and Computational Analysis of Piezoelectric Microcantilevers for Detection of Cells


Edited Book Chapters:

  1. Fred Lacy, “Using Theoretical and Computational Models to Understand How Metals Function as Temperature Sensors”, In IGI Global book titled “Handbook of Research on Computational Simulation and Modeling in Engineering, edited by F. Miranda and C. Abreu, p. 668, 2015.

  2. Fred Lacy, “Characterizing Nanometer Sized Platinum Films for Temperature Measurements”, In
    Current Themes in Engineering Technologies, edited by S.-I. Ao, M. A. Amouzegar, and S.-S. Chen, New
    York, AIP, p.128, 2008

Journal Papers:

  1. Yeshak Dabels, Yasser Ismail, Fred Lacy, “CHIMES: Chemical Identification by Magneto Elastic Sensing”, in preparation, 2019.
  2. Philip Jones, Sakiko Sugino, Shohei Yamamura, Fred Lacy, Vasudevanpillai Biju, “Impairment of cell and genomic DNA by environmentally transformed engineered nanomaterials”, Nanoscale 5, p. 9511, 2013
  3. Fred Lacy, “Developing a Theoretical Relationship between Electrical Resistivity, Temperature, and Film Thickness for Conductors”, Nanoscale Research Letters 6:636, 2011.
  4. Fred Lacy, “Evaluating the Resistivity-Temperature Relationship for RTDs and other Conductors”, IEEE Sensors Journal 11, p. 1208, 2011.
  5. Fred Lacy, “Using Nanometer Thin Films as Temperature Sensors (Constraints from Experimental, Mathematical, and Finite-Element Analysis)”, IEEE Sensors Journal 9, p.1111, 2009.
  6. Fred Lacy, Mala T. Kailasam, Daniel T. O'Connor, Geert W. Schmid-Schonbein, Robert J. Parmer, “Plasma Hydrogen Peroxide Production in Human Essential Hypertension: Role of Heredity, Gender,
    and Ethnicity”, Hypertension 36, p.878, 2000.
  7. Fred Lacy, Daniel T. O'Connor, and Geert W. Schmid-Schönbein, "Plasma Hydrogen Peroxide Production In Hypertensives and Normotensive Subjects At Genetic Risk Of Hypertension", J. Hypertens. 16, p.291, 1998.
  8. Fred Lacy, Muswamba Kadima-Nzuji, Floyd J. Malveaux, and Ernest L. Carter, Jr., "Distinguishing Between Activated and Non-activated Eosinophils By AC Impedance Measurements", IEEE Trans. Biomed. Eng. 43, p.218, 1996.

Conference papers:

  1. K. Connor, et al., “Experiment-Centric Pedagogy – Improving the HBCU Engineering Student Learning Experience”, Proceedings of the 2018 ASEE Annual Conference, 2018
  2. T. Walpita and F. Lacy, “Preparation and Simulation of a SAW/Capacitance Sensor”, Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science 2016
  3. Fred Lacy, “Preparation and Assessment of Thin Films for Use as Ammonia Sensors ”, Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science 2013, Vol. II, 2013
  4. Justin Boone, Alen Jones, Fred Lacy, “Initial Characterization of Thin Film Temperature Sensing Thermistors”, American Canadian Conference for Academic Disciplines, International Journal of Arts and Sciences, 2009.
  5. Fred Lacy, “Investigating Thin Films for Use as Temperature Sensors”, Proceedings of the World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science 2007, p. 441, 2007
  6. Nikhil Modi, Fred Lacy, “Piezoelectric Microcantilevers of Nanoscale Thickness for Detection of Cells”, NSTI-Nanotech Conference Proceedings, p. 501, 2005



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