December 5, 2012

Robert Kooima, assistant professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Ryan Nesbit, principal, Fox-Nesbit Engineering and 2000 civil engineering alumnus were named to the Baton Rouge Business Report’s 2012 Forty under 40.

"Artistry" and "craftsmanship" are words Kooima uses to explain what he most likes about writing computer programs. "Writing code can be art," he says. "It can transform raw data into useful information.

While computer science is something of an art and also a passion for Kooima, it's potentially big business for the Louisiana economy. As an LSU professor, Kooima is sharing his expertise with a new generation of would-be programmers, teaching courses that prepare students for the high-demand fields of digital media programming, interactive computer graphics, and video game design. 

Nesbit has always enjoyed using his imagination to solve unique problems.

It's a trait that has served him well in his fast-track career in the local engineering industry. In just 12 years, Nesbit has gone from being a young engineer at McKee and Deville Consulting Engineers to running his own firm and handling some high-profile projects, including Our Lady of the Lake's new Heart and Vascular Tower. 

To read more about Kooima, click here. To read more about Nesbit, click here.

This year, the Baton Rouge Business Report received more than 230 nominations for the annual Forty under 40 – an effort to recognize personal and professional accomplishments of younger residents of the community. Prominent members of the business community were involved in the annual selection process of Forty Under 40, which began in 1994.

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