September 15, 2009

LSU's College of Engineering recognizes the importance of occupational safety education and research in its curriculum, and Fluor Corporation, one of the largest publicly traded engineering & construction companies in the world, prides itself as being consistently rated as one of the world's safest contractors and continually showcases excellent health safety and environmental performance. As a result, LSU's College of Engineering and Fluor have teamed up to bolster industrial safety education.

College of Engineering Dean Richard Koubek explained the importance of safety education and research, stating, "Louisiana and the Gulf Coast Region are the geographic focal points of much of the nation's oil and gas industry. With global demands increasing, the need for a qualified, highly trained and safety-minded workforce is critical."

On Tuesday, September 15, Fluor Corporation announced a $200,000 transformational gift to the Forever LSU Campaign to accelerate progress of the Industrial Safety Research Laboratory housed in LSU's Construction Management and Industrial Engineering Department (CMIE). Fluor's contribution will help the CMIE Department lead LSU Engineering's efforts to enhance the current Industrial Safety Program, integrating safety management, fire protection, risk assessment, conservation of resources, sustainability, and field/site engineering and construction.

"Partnering with a major university like LSU that maintains a premier engineering program helps Fluor in its strategic recruitment and hiring of the next generation of quality personnel who will help our company provide the engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance services for many of the world's most complex and challenging capital projects," stated Jim Kenney, (LSU, BS, CEE 1985), Fluor Executive Sponsor for LSU College Relations.

By identifying Fluor's contribution to safety, the company has established a foothold with respect to a critical subject area of major importance to both Fluor and LSU engineering.

"Our objective is to build an Industrial Safety Program into a premier venue for conducting health, safety and environmental research and imbuing crucial safety values to engineering students," said Koubek. "Fluor's generous gift will help make that goal achievable by providing funding to renovate the facility and purchase equipment vital to hands-on safety instruction that is both smarter and safer."

The competencies of LSU engineering students are greatly enhanced by their access to lab experience, participation in design projects, and exposure to modern technology and equipment. Fluor has announced an additional $50,000 philanthropic gift for the LSU College of Engineering and Office of Career Services to promote multiple industrial initiatives, including student organizations, diversity camps, and student project design and production projects. LSU became a Fluor Partner University in 2007 and the relationship has expanded and strengthened significantly. Fluor's historical support of LSU began in 1996 and total contributions have exceeded more than $400,000.

Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) designs, builds and maintains many of the world's most challenging and complex projects. Through its global network of offices on six continents, the company provides comprehensive capabilities and world-class expertise in the fields of engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, operations, maintenance and project management. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Fluor is a FORTUNE 150 company and had revenues of $22.3 billion in 2008. For more information, visit

Support for LSU's College of Engineering, like that shown by Fluor Corporation, helps the College move closer to its Forever LSU campaign goal of attaining $100 million in support for the college. Forever LSU has an overall goal of attaining more than $750 million for the university by the end of 2010. To find out how to become involved with the campaign for LSU's future, visit or


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Article by Mimi LaValle, Director of Communications, LSU College of Engineering, 225-578-5706,


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