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College of Engineering & Science - Louisiana Tech University

Mechanical Engineering

Bobby B. Lyle


Headshot of Bobby LyleIn recognition of outstanding service and leadership in the engineering profession.

Dr. Bobby Lyle’s diverse professional career spans a multitude of industries with a particular focus on oil and gas exploration and development. From 1977 to 1981, he was President of Cornell Oil Company. In 1981, he formed Lyco Energy Corporation, and served as its Chairman, President and CEO until the company was sold to Enerplus Resources (USA) Corporation in August 2005. After assisting with the transition of ownership to Enerplus, he formed Lyco Holdings Incorporated in March 2006 and currently serves as its Chairman, President and CEO. Lyco Holdings Incorporated is a private company engaged in private equity investments and ranching.

From 1970 - 1973 Dr. Lyle served as Dean ad interim of the Southern Methodist University School of Business Administration and as Executive Dean from 1974 – 1975. Subsequently he served as Trustee of the University for 23 years. In 2008, SMU named the Lyle School of Engineering in his honor. Prior to joining SMU, he worked as a professional engineer with General Dynamics and Geotech, a Teledyne Industries company. He has helped organize and served as director of a number of private companies covering a broad range of industries, including banking, energy, software, real estate, retail, and home and industrial insulation. Dr. Lyle has been an active member of numerous industry organizations, including the Independent Petroleum Association of America where he served as regional Vice President, the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association where he served on the Executive Committee and the Texas Alliance for Energy.

Dr. Lyle received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University in 1963. He also holds a Masters in Engineering Administration degree from Southern Methodist University and a Doctorate in Education, with emphasis on Strategic Planning and Leadership in Higher Education, from the University of Massachusetts.