April 5, 2010

The LSU College of Engineering will welcome two new inductees, Sharon Cole and Gary R. Wooley, to its Hall of Distinction on Thursday, April 8, at 6:30 p.m., at the LSU Faculty Club.

Sharon Cole was born in Baton Rouge, and received a B.S. in chemical engineering from LSU in 1981. Gary Wooley, a New Orleans native, received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from LSU in 1969, his M.S. in engineering sciences from LSU in 1970 and his Ph.D. in engineering sciences, along with applied mathematics and mechanical engineering minors, from LSU in 1972.

Cole is currently the site director for Dow Plaquemine, Louisiana and business manufacturing leader for the Chlor Vinyl Business. Wooley is serving as president of Wooley and Associates, Inc.

Richard Koubek, dean for the College of Engineering stated, "The College of Engineering is honored to recognize such excellent engineers for this year's Hall of Distinction. Both Sharon Cole and Gary Wooley, through their great contributions to both the profession and our society, exemplify the true meaning of the LSU Engineer.

Criteria for election include distinguished professorial achievement, dedicated service to engineering and outstanding humanitarian activities. Eligibility is not limited to LSU alumni, although it is expected that nominees will have had some connection with and shown interest in LSU. Nominations may be made by anyone, and are solicited each year from alumni, faculty and friends of the college. Election to the Hall of Distinction is by a broadly constituted ten-member board of election, which reviews and acts on nominations.

In 1979, the CoE established the Hall of Distinction to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the engineering profession. Seven charter members were elected that year, and, generally, two achievers in engineering have been added each year since.

For more information about this year's distinguished recipients or about the Hall of Distinction, contact Mimi LaValle at 225-578-5706 or mlavall@lsu.edu.

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