Dr. Pani was named Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs on September 9, 2011.
Prior to that, he was assistant vice president for academic affairs, a position he held since 2003. His tenure with the university began in 1987 as an assistant professor in the geosciences department.
Before his appointment as assistant vice president for academic affairs, he was department head of the geosciences department, interim dean of the College of Pure and Applied Sciences, and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at ULM.
Pani’s career has been devoted to the field of meteorology, especially in the areas of weather modification and hydrometeorology (a discipline that crosses both meteorology and civil engineering). Prior to assuming administrative duties, his interests were primarily in science pedagogy.
He received a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and a master's degree and Ph.D. from Texas Tech University.
Pani has presented papers at many state and national conferences and was named an AAAS/EPA Science and Engineering Fellow in 1991. For that work, he received the Robert C. Barnard Environmental Science and Engineering Scholarship.
His other awards include NLU’s Outstanding Teacher in 1993, ULM’s College of Pure and Applied Sciences’ Outstanding Professor in 1997, and the Louisiana Science Teachers’ Association William Craig Outstanding University Educator Award in 2002.
Pani holds professional memberships in the American Meteorological Society, Phi Kappa Psi, and Sigma Xi. He has secured more than $1 million in sponsored programs since coming to ULM.