Retired engineering professors receive professionalism awards

Feb 11, 2014 | Engineering and Science

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Dr. Mel Corley, professor emeritus of mechanical engineering, and James Eads, former program chair and lecturer in electrical engineering technology, have received statewide engineering professionalism awards for 2014 from the Louisiana Engineering Society.

Corley was selected to receive the Leo M. Odom Award for Services to the Profession for his distinguished service to engineering in Louisiana, and the Louisiana Engineering Foundation selected Eads for an Engineering Faculty Professionalism Award for endorsing engineering professionalism at Louisiana Tech.

Corley said that his time at Louisiana Tech, both as a student and as a professor, helped shape his contributions to engineering within the state.

“As an engineering student at Louisiana Tech in the 1960s, I was impressed that the engineering faculty members contributed to the profession in many ways and strongly encouraged us to practice engineering at the highest professional level, no matter what our career paths were,” said Corley.  “Throughout my career as an engineering professor, I have sought to continue this emphasis by encouraging students to participate in professional societies like ASME and to pass the Fundamentals of Engineering exam before graduation.”

Corley taught in Louisiana Tech’s College of Engineering and Science from 1980 to 2013, and was the director of civil engineering, construction engineering technology and mechanical engineering programs from 2006 to 2013.

Eads is also proud of his education with Louisiana Tech as faculty and as a student.

“It was a great honor to represent the Louisiana Tech engineering faculty at the ceremony,” said Eads.  “To receive such an award as I close my engineering career is very gratifying but also very humbling, particularly when I read the list of past recipients.  I also realize that any professional success I may have had is due to the engineering education I received at Tech, and I hope that I have been able to leverage that education to make a positive impact on the lives of the students I have been privileged to teach.”

Eads served as a full-time faculty member from 2000 to 2013, and was the electrical engineering technology program chair from 2006 to 2013.

Dr. Hisham Hegab, interim dean of the College of Engineering and Science, said the awardees are representative of the outstanding faculty the College has had for many years.

“Both of these individuals were great educators and role models for our students,” said Hegab.  “Both of them strongly promoted our students to practice engineering within their fields with the highest professionalism and integrity.” 

Both Corley and Eads recently received their awards at the 18th Joint Engineering Societies Conference in Lafayette, La. Written by Brandy McKnight –