September 18, 2007

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) is proud to announce that Wal-Mart Stores® has chosen a philanthropic investment opportunity to sponsor a CEE laboratory. A $150,000 contribution from Wal-Mart will be used to renovate and equip a newly designed Wal-Mart Laboratory for the Study of Pollution Control. This laboratory, housed within LSU’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will be used for undergraduate and graduate classroom demonstrations and laboratory classes. When not being used for classes, the laboratory will be used for student and faculty research involving control of environmental pollutants. This generous donation will provide for equipment that would markedly expand the department’s capacity for students to perform hands-on experiments as an important part of their formal coursework. The infrastructure would also allow students and faculty to perform meaningful research in the area of pollution control.

According to Mr. Patrick Hamilton, Vice President of Construction, Wal-Mart Stores®, Inc., “The Wal-Mart Construction and Stormwater Compliance Divisions have recently made several donations to organizations and projects related to the improvement of water quality. In evaluating opportunities to donate, we consider the project’s impact on such things as education, diversity, water quality and benefit to the communities that we serve through our Wal-Mart stores and Sam's Clubs. We were excited about the opportunity to work with LSU on this project as it satisfied several of these criteria. We look forward to hearing about the learning experiences of LSU students in the Wal-Mart Laboratory for the Study of Pollution Control.”   Voyiadjis explained the importance of this gift, “The laboratory, housed within LSU's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will be used for undergraduate and graduate classroom demonstrations and laboratory classes. When not used for classes, the laboratory will be used for student and faculty research involving control of environmental pollutants. The equipment will markedly expand the Department's capacity for students to perform hands-on experiments as an important part of their formal coursework. The infrastructure will also allow students and faculty to perform meaningful research in the area of pollution control.”

Tentative plans are being formed for a ribbon-cutting dedication later this semester.

Article by Mimi LaValle, LSU college of Engineering, 225-578-5706, mlavall@lsu.edu

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