June 27, 2008

LSU College of Engineering (CoE) alumnus Patrick Hamilton (BS, CE, ’84; MS, EE ’92, UTX Austin) is Vice President of Construction in the Real Estate Division of Wal-Mart, Inc., headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas where, on June 27, the company hosted a teambuilding event billed as the First Annual Wal-Mart Real Estate Division “Tore de Pants.” The rules were simple: each team was to build and ride a tricycle that was at least 24 inches tall, pedal-powered and three-wheeled. At stake were a trophy and the pride of being the first design to cross the finish line.

With his colleague Rick Hayes, Hamilton formed the “Design Problems” team—so named “because, as we say in Construction, there are no construction problems, only design problems,” quipped Hamilton. Supported by the Construction group, the two successfully designed and fabricated the “LSU Machine,” a lean purple and gold tricycle that Hamilton handily pedaled into the winner’s circle. Hamilton credits his LSU education with his successful career, and wanted to reflect Tiger Pride in the tricycle design. CoE is proud of alumnus Patrick’s superior design, naturally combined with those winning colors. Geaux Tigers!

Article by Kip Britton for the College of Engineering, 225-578-5706, mlavall@lsu.edu

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