Hall of Distinction Class of 2013-2014

Dr. Robert A. “Bobby” Savoie is chief executive officer of Geocent, L.L.C, one of the nation’s largest information technology and engineering services companies, headquartered in New Orleans, La. Formed in 2008 to acquire and integrate several related firms in the fields of information technology, engineering services, and defense and aerospace manufacturing support, Geocent has grown more than 300 percent, adding over 200 IT and engineering professionals. Geocent is currently working with government and commercial clients throughout the U.S.

Savoie received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from LSU in 1980, and an MBA from Loyola University in 1981. In August 2004, after a 28 year career as an engineer and CEO, Savoie left Science & Engineering Associates (SEA), where he served as CEO since 1999, to pursue his Ph.D. and devote more time to civic and humanitarian activities. He conferred his Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Sciences with a specialization in Engineering Management from the University of New Orleans in 2009. In May, 2009, Savoie published his dissertation titled “A Model for Regional Technology-based Economic Development” which used systems engineering principals to measure, quantify and model the qualitative, affective variables that drive the growth of a regional technology-based economy. His dissertation served as the primary basis for a book titled “The 21st Century Technology-based Regional Economy:  A Roadmap for Success” co-authored by Savoie and Ms. Dinah Payne, Esq. and published by the UNO Press in 2012.

Savoie previously founded Integrated Resources Group (IRG) in 1986 and served as CEO until IRG merged with SEA in 1997. He became president and CEO of SEA and guided the company through an extraordinary growth period, during which SEA transitioned from a small consulting firm to a $124 million per year technology corporation with four subsidiaries and 14 offices in 10 states nationwide. Under Savoie’s leadership, SEA’s revenue grew 700 percent in five years. After its merger with ITS to form Apogen, SEA continued to grow and ultimately became part of QinetiQ North America.

While serving as CEO of successively larger companies, Savoie continued his work as an engineer and consultant, primarily in nuclear power and defense. Most recently this expanded to include NASA’s next generation Space Launch System and numerous economic development activities. He previously served as general manager of a 25 company management and integration contractor team for the Space and Naval Warfare Information Technology Center in New Orleans, which grew to encompass 1300 people and 1000 IT professionals. Savoie has served as a principal consultant to the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy on several programs of national significance including radioisotope production and international nuclear safety. For over ten years Savoie assisted the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management at the Yucca Mountain Project, the nation’s high level nuclear waste repository. He served in a consulting capacity at the DOE Hanford Facility, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Savoie has facilitated the resolution of issues ranging from the reengineering of military information systems and NASA space systems to medical isotope production, nuclear regulation and non-lethal lasers.

Some of Dr. Savoie’s recent honors include: University of New Orleans Distinguish Alumnus of the Year, 2013; NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal, 2011; Laureate of the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame, 2011; Appointed by Governor Jindal to the BioDistrict New Orleans Board, 2010; Eward Best Application of Technology, 2010; Eward Growth Company of the Year President, 2009; Loyola University, College of Business Alumnus of the Year, 2008; and Young Leadership Council Role Model, 2004.

Savoie currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National World War II Museum, Loyola University, the UNO Foundation and GNO, Inc. He is also on Board of Directors of Geocent and Longenecker & Associates and represents Louisiana as a member of the Board of the Aerospace Alliance. Savoie previously served as a director, trustee and senior advisor for the Atlantic Council of the U.S., the Louisiana Technology Council, the U.S. Small Business Technology Foundation, the New Orleans Business Council, the Boy Scouts of America, the Academy of the Sacred Heart, the J. Bennett Johnston Science Foundation, Isidore Newman School, the Ochsner Health Foundation and the BioDistrict New Orleans.