Randall F. Barron
OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS AWARD for MECHANICAL & INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING: 1997
In recognition of outstanding service and leadership in the engineering profession.
Randall F. Barron graduated from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in 1958 with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. He received an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1961 and a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1964, both from Ohio State University.
After one year as Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ohio State University, Dr. Barron joined the faculty of Louisiana Tech University in 1965 as Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He retired as Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 1997 after an exemplary thirty-two year career of service to Louisiana Tech University and the engineering profession.
While at Louisiana Tech University, Dr. Barron developed and taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses, served as major professor of fifty graduate students, conducted research on a variety of Mechanical Engineering topics, secured external funding for his research, and served as a consultant in Mechanical Engineering. His publications include forty-eight journal articles and the widely adopted college textbook Cryogenic Systems, which has also been translated into Russian.
Dr. Barron served with distinction in numerous positions of leadership and service within Louisiana Tech University and the engineering profession, including service as Chairman of the Louisiana State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.
Dr. Barron received numerous awards for excellence in teaching, research, and service, including a Louisiana Tech University Distinguished Professorship, the Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal Achievement Award, and the Ohio State University Outstanding Alumnus Award. At his retirement, the Board of Trustees of the University of Louisiana System conferred on Dr. Barron the title Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering.