Hall of Distinction Class of 2011-2012

After 31 years of service, Professor Zaki Bassiouni retired from Louisiana State University in July 2008. He served as Chair of the Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering from July 1983 to June 2004, and Dean of the College of Engineering and Bert S. Turner Chair in Engineering from 2004 to 2008.

Dr. Bassiouni received his B.S. in Petroleum Engineering from Cairo University, Egypt in 1964, a Diplôme in geophysics from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Pétrole et des Moteurs of Paris, France in 1967, and a M.S. (DEA) in 1968 and Ph.D. (Docteur En Sciences) from the University of Lille, France in 1972.

He has worked for the French Petroleum Institute, Marathon Oil Company, and Chevron Oil Company. His experience includes well logging, petrophysics, reservoir engineering, and improved oil and gas recovery. Dr. Bassiouni is a member of the national honorary society Pi Epsilon Tau, a registered professional engineer in Louisiana, a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and a member of the Society of Professional Well Log Analysts.

In addition to his academic contributions and publications, Dr. Bassiouni has provided technical expertise to the international oil and gas industries. He has conducted training in more than thirty countries worldwide and is the author of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Textbook Series Vol. 4 "Theory, Measurement, and Interpretation of Well Logs." This Society of Petroleum Engineers Textbook Series Vol. 4, is a standard issue reference for those in the field.

Dr. Bassiouni is the 1995 recipient of SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Faculty, an award established to recognize superiority in classroom teaching, excellence in research, and significant contributions to the petroleum engineering profession. He is also the recipient of the Louisiana Engineering Foundation Faculty Professionalism Award for 2000. He was a SPE Distinguished lecturer for the 2004-2005 and 2008-2009 seasons.

Dr. Bassiouni was also selected as the 2006 recipient of the SPE Formation Evaluation Award, an award that recognizes outstanding achievements and contributions to the advancement of petroleum engineering in the area of formation evaluation.

During his tenure as Dean, Dr. Bassiouni strove to improve the College in many ways. He focused attention on the need for research to aid the College in gaining recognition as a major center of learning and innovation and stated, "Imaginative research and inspired teaching go hand in hand."; To generate heightened interest in LSU engineering research, he and former ExxonMobil Executive Vice President, Harry Longwell, launched the LSU Oil & Gas Initiative, the precursor to the current Corporate Relations and Economic Development in the College of Engineering—a linkage between the LSU College of Engineering, industry, government and other higher education institutions. Dr. Bassiouni also saw the inception of the Fund for Innovation in Engineering Research established by the Longwell Family Foundation to encourage faculty to be progressive in research projects.

New communication-intensive engineering courses and the Engineering Communication Studio have contributed to making LSU graduates even more successful. Dr. Bassiouni embraced the university’s drive for diversity and inclusiveness by creating the Office of Diversity Programs in Engineering under the direction of a new Associate Dean for Women and Minorities. The program aims to equalize participation of under-represented students and faculty. He also welcomed the addition of the new Engineering Residential College as a way to enhance community and improve retention among first-year engineering students.

Dr. Bassiouni and his wife, Chantal, currently live in San Clemente, CA and have two sons - Nathan Nadim and Nicholas Boris.