June 8, 2006

Mr. Ram N. Bhatia, a retiree from the ExxonMobil Corporation, has donated funds to establish the Ram N. Bhatia Scholarship in Chemical Engineering at Louisiana State University. First preference will be given to undergraduate students who are citizens of India.

Mr. Bhatia’s contribution, along with the ExxonMobil matching funds, will total $20,000 initially. He may contribute additional funds, and can opt to convert this fund to a professorship in the future.

A scholarship was previously established in the LSU Department of Kinesiology in the name of Judy Bhatia, his late wife, by Mr. Bhatia.  He also made a building donation to the LSU Lod Cook Alumni Center in Mrs. Bhatia’s name.

The Remal Das and Lachmi Devi Bhatia Memorial Professorship was funded in 1997 by Mr. Bhatia in the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication in memory of his parents.

Mr. Bhatia was born in India and came to the United States in 1966. He is a chemical engineer who retired from ExxonMobil in 2002 after working in several positions worldwide over 34 years.  He is a co-inventor for six patented chemical processes.

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