Lydie Louis will make history this spring when she become the first student in the interdisciplinary microelectronics-photonics graduate program at the University of Arkansas to earn two Ph.D.s. She will be awarded doctorates from both the University of Arkansas and the Ecole Centrale Paris.
Louis is the daughter of Haitian parents and grew up on the island of Guadeloupe. French is her native language. When she came the United States in 1997, she knew no English. In 2004 she earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the City College of New York.
Louis began her graduate education at the University of Arkansas in 2004. Two years later she was awarded a master’s degree. She studied in France from 2008 to 2009 and went to France again in 2010. Faculty at both institutions developed a joint curriculum that will allow her to earn the two doctorates.
She plans on a career in research at a national laboratory or in the private sector.