April 21, 2006

Dean Zaki Bassiouni and LSU System President William L. Jenkins presided over the 2005-2006 LSU College of Engineering Hall of Distinction on Thursday, April 6 at the LSU Faculty Club. This year, the LSU Engineering Hall of Distinction proudly welcomed two distinguished inductees – Adam “Ted” Bourgoyne, president of Bourgoyne Enterprises, Inc., and Joseph G. Thibodaux, Jr., who served as chief of the Propulsion and Power Division at NASA Manned Spacecraft Center/Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, and has since retired. Also, the Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing Edward J. Steimel, the Board of Regents Fellowship Award recognizing Rebecca C. Shramm and the Donald W. Clayton Excellence Awards recognizing undergraduate and graduate students were also among the evening’s celebration.

Bourgoyne received his B.S. and M.S. in petroleum engineering from LSU in 1966 and 1967, and his Ph.D. in petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1969. His ties to the College and University include his 1971 appointment as an assistant professor of petroleum engineering, his tenure as chairman of the petroleum engineering department from 1977 to 1983, and his term as dean of the College from 1985 to 1987. At the time of retirement from LSU in December 1999, Bourgoyne was the Bert. S. Turner Professor of Petroleum Engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering. Since retiring from LSU, Bourgoyne has remained active as a professional petroleum engineer and is currently president of Bourgoyne Enterprises, Inc.

Thibodaux, received his B.S. in chemical engineering from LSU in 1942 and has since been an internationally recognized expert in all forms of propulsion used in both manned and unmanned spacecraft. After graduation, Thibodaux began his federal career in August 1946 with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, the predecessor of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Throughout his career, he has distinguished himself as an authority on design, development, and application of solid and liquid propellant rockets to launching and boosting of sounding rockets, research vehicles, and spacecraft. His engineering leadership and technical genius contributed significantly to the highly successful Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle Programs that substantially expanded space science and engineering technology.

The Hall of Distinction program also honored Development Office Director Edward J. Steimel with a Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as the recipient of the Board of Regents Fellowship Award Rebecca C. Schramm. Finally, undergraduate, graduate and graduate student advisor recipients of the Donald W. Clayton Excellence Award winners were also recognized. Clayton Award recipients included undergraduate students Alicia Abadie, Taren Daigle, Neil DiLorenzo, Jason Graham, Curtis Hebert; graduate students Nicholas Ashley, Jorge Camacho, Julianne Forman, Keegan Roberts and their mentors Pratuel Ajmera, Todd Monroe, K.T. Valsaraj and Clint Willson.

The LSU College of Engineering established the Hall of Distinction in 1979 to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the engineering profession. Seven charter members were elected in 1979, and generally, two achievers in engineering have been added each year since. Criteria for election include distinguished professorial achievement, dedicated service to engineering and outstanding humanitarian activities.

For more information on this year’s Hall of Distinction program, please click here.

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