September 20, 2011

The Baton Rouge Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers awarded LSU Civil Engineering Professor Chester G. Wilmot, Ph.D., the Outstanding Civil Engineering Educator during its annual Past Presidents and Awards luncheon.

The award recognizes Wilmot for his outstanding work in civil engineering education. “It’s always nice to be affirmed, and thank you to ASCE for making the award,” Wilmot said. “However, our civil engineering students deserve a lot of the credit – during their training they become committed and productive individuals of whom our department is justly proud. It’s not hard teaching people like that.”

Wilmot teaches an impressive list of civil engineering courses, including graduate courses specialized in transportation engineering, transportation policy and planning and traffic operations and control. Wilmot’s research interests include hurricane evacuation and traffic safety studies.

Two LSU civil engineering alumni were also honored at the award ceremony.  Russell J. Joey Coco, Jr., who graduated from LSU in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, was awarded the Outstanding Civil Engineer, and Marty A. Chorkey who graduated from LSU in 2010 with a master’s degree in civil engineering, received the outreach award.

Each year, the Baton Rouge Branch of ASCE honors local engineers with awards for categories including: lifetime achievement, outstanding civil engineer, outreach, outstanding civil engineering educator and outstanding young civil engineer.

ASCE is the oldest national engineering society in the U.S. and represented more than 140,000 members of the civil engineering profession. The organization’s mission is to advance the profession, to serve the public good through, to promote professionalism and lifelong learning in the field, to advocate infrastructure and environmental stewardship, and to develop and support civil engineering leaders.

For more information about LSU’s Department of Civil and Environmental engineering, click here.


Article written by Paige Brown, communications graduate student worker. For more information, contact Cassie Arceneaux, College of Engineering, or (225) 578-0092.

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