April 17, 2009

The LSU Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) hosted their annual Hall of Distinction Banquet on April 17, 2009. The 2009 inductees honored were Mehmet T. Tümay and John A. Graves. The 2008 inductees honored were Robert A. “Bob” Deason, and Frank J. Germano. The CEE Hall of Distinction was established to recognize individuals who have made stalwart contributions to the profession. Criteria for election include distinguished professional achievement and service to civil and environmental engineering, as well as creating a substantial impact in their field and to the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

Mehmet T. Tümay, PhD, PE, Fellow and Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, is the Georgia Gulf Distinguished Professor Emeritus in CEE. He was an active LSU faculty member from 1976 through 2005 and has served the LSU College of Engineering as the associate dean for research and graduate studies, and as director of the Donald W. Clayton Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Engineering Science. Tümay is currently a distinguished visiting professor at the Korean Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (KAIST) in Deajon, S. Korea, and an adjunct professor at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. Tümay’s major field of interest is geotechnical engineering. He has earned national and international recognition from the consulting and academic communities for his pioneering research accomplishments, mainly in electronic cone penetration and computer-aided data collection/reduction systems for evaluation of the engineering behavior of geomedia.

John A. Graves, PE, PLS, is a Baton Rouge native and a graduate of LSU in CEE. Graves has more than 40 years experience in private consulting as a civil engineer, surveyor and administrator, with more than 35 years at Evans-Graves Engineers, Inc., of which he is the president and owner. His work experience includes property and engineering assessments for site selection, project management, transportation planning and analysis, boundary and topographic site surveys, and civil site engineering. Graves has worked on a multitude of engineering projects for clients representing the petrochemical industry, national retail companies, industrial parks, recreational facilities, hospital and institutional complexes, residential development, utility companies, as well as local, state and federal government. Graves frequently serves as a court expert providing research and testimony in his field of expertise.

Robert A. “Bob” Deason, PE, is a native of Natchitoches, Louisiana, and graduate of LSU in CEE. He is the president and chief executive officer of J. Ray McDermott, a pioneer and leader in offshore oil and gas development with strong roots in Louisiana and operations in the U.S., Middle East, and Asia Pacific. Deason is active in several industry-related organizations and serves on the boards of National Ocean Industries Association and International Pipeline and Offshore Contractors Association. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Louisiana.

Frank J. Germano, PhD, joined LSU in 1936 as an instructor in the Engineering Mechanics Department and later became head of the Department, a position he retained until his retirement in 1976. He then received the title, “professor emeritus of Civil Engineering.” After his retirement, he returned to the classroom, becoming the first retired faculty member on the LSU campus to resume regular teaching without pay. Germano was also author and co-author of several fundamental textbooks and served as a consultant to a number of private engineering firms.

Germano was Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of the American Society for Engineering Education as well as the Louisiana Engineering Society. He received the LSU Foundation's Distinguished Faculty Fellowship, the Halliburton Award for Teaching Excellence, and a Certificate of Meritorious Service from the Louisiana section of the American Society of Civil Engineers for his contributions to engineering education.

Germano passed away on October 27, 1983, and is survived by his wife, Mrs. Alma Germano, and his children. The College of Engineering established the Frank J. Germano Design and Computation Center to pay tribute Germano. Appropriately, former students made the first gifts that led to the computer-design laboratory created mainly for undergraduate students in civil engineering. The Center, located at 2412 Patrick F. Taylor Hall, was formally dedicated on November 16, 1989.

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