Spotlight: Dr. Joe LeDoux

At the forefront of undergraduate BME education here at Georgia Tech stands a professor by the name of Dr. Le Doux. Many of you may have already taken a class under him, but, after sitting down and having the chance to talk with him, it turns out there is plenty more to Dr. Le Doux than meets the eye both inside and outside of the classroom.

His wife of 26 years is a science teacher at Decatur High School, and together they have two children. The youngest of the two just began his studies at Georgia State with a major in music composition (playing the saxophone, among many other instruments). The eldest is a recent graduate of Georgia Tech and is now working for Microsoft. Dr. Le Doux became a running man in his forties and quickly worked his way up the ladder; he recently just completed a half-marathon and, in fact, competed in the Boston Marathon in 2009. As many might know, Le Doux is heavily involved with the joint BME-AE study abroad program in Limerick, Ireland and he is already signed up to participate in a 10k-run this coming summer.

Dr. Le Doux found the start of his career in the Navy – for which his father had previously served – performing entry-level desk jobs working with submarines and nuclear reactors. He then went on to grad school after which he began research on gene therapy and regenerative medicine, a passion he still maintains and eagerly follows. Recently, however, an underlying interest he has long maintained in the process of human thought, understanding, and the intra-individual transfer of information and knowledge has led him to now follow a calling in understanding the mechanics of teaching. As such, Le Doux thoroughly cares about the quality of his students’ growth in his classes and wants to better understand what goes into the development and refinement of an individual’s problem solving skills. In fact, Le Doux is now receiving grants from the National Science Foundation to conduct studies on what makes somebody a good problem solver.

All of these passions are indicative of Dr. Le Doux’s continual commitment to understanding the world around him; for him, there are no afterhours. Even with this dedication to his work, he is still able to maintain and foster a close and loving relationship with his family. In the end, Le Doux is an exemplar, committed to teaching, discovery, and passions outside of academia, and has come to represent the caliber of BME faculty here at Georgia Tech.