Engineering & Science Foundation News
Louisiana Tech Engineering & Science Foundation Elects 2014-15 Officers and Directors
The Louisiana Tech University Engineering and Science Foundation (ESF) has announced its new officers and directors for the 2014-2015 academic year. Tim Petrus of Fort Worth, Texas, has been elected President. He is Vice President of MS Partners in Fort Worth and a 1975 Electrical Engineering graduate of Louisiana Tech.
Other officers include Zeffrey Lucas of Houston, Texas- Vice President; Rick Shaw of Lakewood Ranch, Florida- Treasurer; Ernest Green of Monroe, Louisiana -Secretary. Sandy Johnson of Houston will serve as the Immediate Past President. Lucas is a former Director, Americas of WoodGroup PSN, and Shaw is a retired Executive Vice President of Celanese in Dallas, Texas. Green is the site leader for Dow Angus in Sterlington, Louisiana, and Johnson is president of Barrios Technologies in Houston.
New ESF directors include Bill Bailey, president of Radiance Technologies in Huntsville, Alabama; Sean Callens, vice president of ADI in Los Angeles, California; Kristin Ginn, lead recruiter for GE in Houston; Captain Brian Harrison of New Orleans, Louisiana, retired from the U.S. Naval Forces; Ashley Isaacs, senior engineer with NSTEC in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Justin Bounds, a mechanical engineer with Exxon in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Paul LeMaire, senior engineer with NSTEC in Las Vegas, will be an associate director.
The Louisiana Tech Engineering and Science Foundation Board of Directors meet three times annually and advise the dean of the College of Engineering and Science on matters of need within the College.
2014 Louisiana Tech Engineering & Science Distinguished Alumni
The College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University is honoring alumni from the college’s academic departments, who have distinguished themselves during their careers and in service to the university, by selecting them as their 2014 Distinguished Alumni.
The names, degree programs, year of graduation and current positions and city/state for each of this year’s Distinguished Alumni are as follows:
- Dr. Mohammad F. Kiani, biomedical engineering, 1987 – Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa.
- Dr. Brandon Lane Phillips, chemistry, 2000 – Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas.
- James E. Wingate, computer science, 1978
- Danny James Rea, petroleum engineering, 1981 – Manager for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation in Houston, Texas (special award for alumni who graduated from a program no longer offered by the COES)
- John William ‘Billy’ Moore, civil engineering, 1972 – Project Engineer with Cardno TBE Group in Shreveport, La.
- William Wayne ‘Bill’ Seaman, computer science, 1970 – Owner of W.W. Seamans & Associates in Huntington, Conn.
- Kenneth Lynn ‘Ken’ Ward, construction engineering technology, 1995 – Project Manager for Caddo Parish Public Works in Shreveport, La.
- Timothy Mark ‘Tim’ Lazaroe, electrical engineering technology, 1990 – Manager and Owner of RV Cams in Baton Rouge, La.
- Elizabeth M. Taylor, industrial engineering, 2001 – Group Leader for NASA’s International Space Station Environmental & Thermal Operating Systems in Houston, Tx.
- Oscar Kemper ‘Jack’ Pickels, Jr., mechanical engineering, 1957 – Professor of Graduate Courses for SMU’s Engineering Management Program in Dallas, Tx.
- Elam Charles ‘Bud’ Frye, Jr., physics, 1959 – Owner of Frye International in Longview, Tx.
- Ronald Hobart ‘Ron’ Thompson, Sr., science education, 1961 – Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La.
- Dr. Robert Howard ‘Bob’ Newell, electrical engineering, 1954 – Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La.
- Dr. Jenna Carpenter, mathematics, 1983 – Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, La.
Dr. Hisham Hegab, interim dean of the College of Engineering and Science, says these alumni are examples of what students enrolled today can achieve with their engineering and science degrees.
“These alumni have left Louisiana Tech and demonstrated what can be accomplished with a degree from one of our programs,” said Hegab. “Our current students can study their successes and use them as role models for what they can accomplish after graduation.”
ESF President Featured in the Houston Business Chronicle
ESF President, Michael Pearson, was interviewed for the March 29-April 4, 2013 "Face to Face with..." section of the Houston Business Chronicle. You can read the article here.