April 18, 2008

The LSU Alumni Association inducted Ravi Arimilli and Roy O. Martin III into the Alumni Hall of Distinction on April 18 at the 2008 Alumni Awards Dinner, where Charles L. Barney was named 2008 Alumnus of the Year. Charlie Roberts, the Association’s President and CEO, welcomed the many attendees. Association Director and Chair Louis R. Minsky, LSU Acting Chancellor William L. Jenkins, and LSU System President John V. Lombardi each delivered remarks, punctuated by an LSU Choral Ensemble performance.

Ravi Arimilli received his BS in Electrical Engineering from LSU in 1984. Arimilli came to LSU at age six, when his father began graduate work at the University. Arimilli played on the LSU tennis team, graduated magna cum laude and was an officer in various student organizations and honor societies.

Arimilli is a widely recognized leader in the Information Technology (IT) industry. He has over 20 years experience within IBM, leading, innovating and architecting microprocessors, servers, storage and interconnects. As Chief Technical Officer (CTO) for IBM’s POWER servers and chief architect for the POWER4 and POWER5 family of servers, Arimilli’s revolutionary designs grew IBM’s UNIX Server market share from 11% in 2001 to the industry leading 34% in 2007. These revolutionary designs led IBM to honor him as the youngest ever IBM Fellow. Currently five IBM Fellows are Nobel Laureates.

In the world of high-tech research, Arimilli is currently listed in the top ten patent holders alive in the US. He holds over 350 patents personally, and his work stands behind over 2500 IBM patents. Named 2004 Asian American Engineer of the Year, InfoWorld’s 2005 CTO of the Year, and 2006 Texas Inventor of the Year, he was also the chief architect for three #1 supercomputers in the world.

Arimilli led and won a $244M DARPA bid to develop highly scalable and productive petscale supercomputers to dramatically improve all frontiers of science and national security. During this effort, a new discovery, “Arimilli’s Law” was coined. “Man has the ability, through revolutionary paths, to achieve a 100x improvement of any metric in five years,” unlike the evolutionary path by Moore’s Law, which is 2x every 1.5 years.

Charles L. Barney received his BS in Petroleum Engineering in 1949 and quickly rose through the ranks in the petroleum industry, serving as a key figure in the Mobil and Superior Oil corporations for several decades, taking him all over the world.

One of the highlights of Barney’s career at Superior Oil Co. occurred during the conflict between Egypt and Israel over the Sinai Peninsula. When Israel, in exchange for peace with Egypt, handed over the rich oilfields of Sinai and the Gulf of Suez, he successfully negotiated a return of the oilfields to Egypt, along with appropriate compensation to Superior Oil Co.

Barney is a former LSU football player and U.S. Navy veteran, having served in the Pacific Theater in World War II. Barney now operates his own business based in Houston, Mark I Enterprises, which invests in oil and gas as well as real estate. He is a generous supporter of multiple aspects of LSU, including The Charles L. Barney Field Camp Program and the STRIPES program at LSU.

Roy O. Martin III received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from LSU in 1982 and his MBA from LSU in 1985.He began his career at Martco Limited Partnership in LeMoyen, LA and began working his way through the ranks. In 2003 he was elected president of Roy O. Martin Lumber Company, Martin Timber Company and Martin Companies. Collectively, the companies are known as RoyOMartin, a group of family-owned professionally managed forest products and forestland management companies.

As president, Martin oversees the operation of six different facilities in central Louisiana, Alabama, and Arkansas. RoyOMartin companies own and professionally manage nearly 600,000 acres of timberlands in 34 Louisiana parishes and are responsible for approximately 1,200 employees in one of the largest independently owned lumber companies in the south.

The corporation has a history of providing support for multiple areas of LSU, including the College of Engineering. Martin also serves on various organization boards.

Martin runs his business by a set of values he calls “RICHES” – Respect, Integrity, Commitment, Honesty, Excellence and Stewardship.

The LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction celebrates graduates who have distinguished themselves and LSU through their achievement in personal, professional and civic arenas, volunteer activities, and who reflect pride and loyalty to their alma mater. The tradition of honoring an Alumnus of the Year began in 1966 with Major Roy J. Young as the first honoree. It was expanded by the creation of the Alumni Hall of Distinction in 1981 to permit multiple inductees per year, and the 1999 creation of the Young Alumnus of the Year Award to annually honor an alumnus under forty years of age. The diverse and dynamic list of over 200 Hall of Distinction honorees include leaders and pioneers in law, art, academia, medicine, government and the military, among other areas.

For more information regarding the LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction, visit http://www.lsualumni.org/hod/index.htm.

Article excerpted from 2008 LSU Alumni Association Alumni Awards program and LSU Alumni Magazine, 225-578-5706, mlavall@lsu.edu

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