April 26, 2005

Roland M. Toups, chairman and chief executive officer of Turner Industries, L.L.C., will be inducted into the LSU Engineering Hall of Distinction on Thursday, April 14, at the LSU Faculty Club.

Toups will join the ranks of previous Hall of Distinction honorees, where he will be recognized for his effortless commitment to Louisiana higher education and the Baton Rouge community.

A graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology, Toups received both a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1960 and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1961.

Toups currently serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Turner Industries, L.L.C., an $800 million industrial services firm specializing in construction, maintenance, pipe fabrication, equipment and rigging operations. Turner Industries, which operates both domestically and overseas, is ranked as number 369 on the list of Forbes 500 Largest Private Companies.

He has served as chairman of numerous organizations including the Louisiana State Board of Regents, the Greater Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, and the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance. He has also served on several boards including the Council for a Better Louisiana, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, and the Public Affairs Research Council.

Toups has received the Inter-Civic Council’s Golden Deeds Award as Outstanding Citizen of the Year and has been inducted into LSU’s Construction Management Hall of Fame. He has also been named Fundraiser of the Year by the National Society of Fundraising Executives.

In 1979, the College of Engineering established the Hall of Distinction to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the engineering profession. Criteria for election include distinguished professional achievement, dedicated service to engineering, and outstanding humanitarian activities. Eligibility is not limited to LSU alumni, although it is expected that nominees will have had some connection with and shown interest in LSU.

“In honoring these people, the College of Engineering feels that it is, at the same time, honoring all those engineers whose contributions, although not all visible to the public, are nonetheless significant and collectively exemplify engineering as a profession unparalleled in its contributions to society,” Zaki Bassiouni, Dean & Bert S. Turner Distinguished Professor, College of Engineering.

For more information on the Engineering Hall of Distinction, visit http://www.eng.lsu.edu/awards/hod_membership.html or contact Tammy V. Abshire at 225-578-5706 or tammy@eng.lsu.edu.

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