Hegab named dean of College of Engineering and Science

May 7, 2014 | Engineering and Science

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Dr. Hisham Hegab, professor of mechanical, nanosystems and cyber engineering and a 1989 graduate of Louisiana Tech University, has been named the new dean of Louisiana Tech’s College of Engineering and Science.

Dr. Hisham Hegab

Dr. Hisham Hegab

Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Terry McConathy made the announcement earlier this week.  Effective July 1 and pending approval from the University of Louisiana System’s Board of Supervisors, Hegab will take over for Dr. Stan Napper who became vice president for research and development in July 2013.

I am extremely honored to be selected as the Dean of the College of Engineering and Science and greatly appreciate the support shown to me by our tremendous faculty and staff,” said Hegab.  “I look forward to working with them as we continue to advance our College in producing the best engineers and scientists.”

Hegab joined Louisiana Tech’s faculty in 1995 and has served as an academic director for the computer science, electrical engineering, electrical engineering technology and nanosystems engineering programs.  He also served as associate dean of undergraduate studies in the College of Engineering and Science before serving as its interim dean for the 2013-2014 academic year.

“Hisham has consistently demonstrated outstanding leadership as a faculty member, department head, and interim dean, and has the vision and skills needed to continue moving our College of Engineering and Science forward,” said Louisiana Tech President Les Guice.  “It was encouraging to see that after an extensive and thorough national search that attracted highly accomplished and widely respected academicians, the best person for the job was already here on our campus.

I congratulate Hisham and know that he will continue to elevate our College of Engineering and Science.”

During his tenure as interim dean, Hegab was credited with successfully concluding the College’s campaign for a new Integrated Engineering and Science Education building.  The new 60,000 square foot facilty will double the College’s classroom space, provide new faculty office spaces and provide a new 250-seat auditorium.

Hegab is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society of Engineering Education, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Louisiana.  During his tenure at Louisiana Tech, he has earned the Louisiana Engineering Foundation Engineering Faculty Professionalism Award (2006), Louisiana Tech University Engineering Science Foundation Service Award (2004-05), Louisiana Tech University College of Engineering & Science Outstanding Achievement in Education Award (2004-05) and the Louisiana Tech University College of Engineering and Science Outstanding Achievement in Research Award (1997-98).

Originally from New Orleans, Hegab earned his bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech and both his master’s degree and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech.  He and his wife, Beth, have three children and reside in Ruston. Written by Catherine Fraser –