Who's Who Top Educators

Hector Zapata

Title: Professor
Company: Louisiana State University
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

Hector Zapata, professor at Louisiana State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in economics.

With over three decades of experience in the field of economics and agricultural economics, Dr. Zapata has established himself as a leading expert in his field. He holds a PhD in econometrics and quantitative economics, as well as agricultural economics from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, along with a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Louisiana State University. His illustrious career began in 1987 when he joined the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness at Louisiana State University as a professor, a position he continues to hold with dedication and distinction to this day.

In addition to his role as a professor, Dr. Zapata served as the senior international officer at Louisiana State University from 2012 to 2019, further demonstrating his commitment to advancing global education and collaboration. Throughout his career, he has been deeply involved in academia, contributing to various organizations and initiatives dedicated to education and research in agricultural economics. One of his most significant accomplishments has been his dedication to mentoring and empowering future generations of professionals. He takes pride in the success of his students and mentees, many of whom have gone on to achieve great success in academia, industry, and government.

Dr. Zapata attributes his success to his belief in the transcendent nature of values, emphasizing the importance of core principles in guiding one’s life and career. He values hard work, honesty, dependability, and responsibility, traits that have served as the foundation of his achievements. Despite facing numerous challenges as a non-native English speaker in a specialized field, his dedication to his craft and commitment to excellence have propelled him to remarkable heights in academia.

Looking ahead, Dr. Zapata envisions continuing to contribute to the enhancement of graduate programs in economics and agricultural economics before retiring. He aims to author a book on econometric simulation modeling and instill financial literacy in his children, while also pursuing initiatives to contribute to the economic development of Honduras and other less developed countries. His unwavering dedication to his profession, his students, and his community serves as a testament to his enduring impact in the field of economics.

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