March 29, 2012

Twelve Named to LSU 100: Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses 

The impact that alumni from LSU’s College of Engineering have on the state and country is far-reaching. Regardless of discipline, LSU’s engineering and construction management alumni are helping Louisiana and the nation solve critical problems that affect and improve human lives through research and innovation.

Twelve companies owned by LSU engineering alumni were selected to the second annual LSU 100: Fastest Growing Tiger Businesses. 

"This year's LSU 100 engineering inductees personify the attributes of the LSU engineer,” said Rick Koubek, dean, College of Engineering. “They are entrepreneurial in thinking, globally conscious, ethically strong, and well-rounded with sound technical knowledge learned not only at LSU, but through years of field work. They are true leaders, and we are proud of their affiliation with LSU's College of Engineering."

The College prides itself on producing the “LSU Engineer” who is a critical and holistic thinker and a life-long learner with an entrepreneurial spirit; is a skilled communicator, adept at teamwork and able to rally teams around him/her; has a great awareness of the national and global implications of issues such as the environment and sustainability—always remaining engaged with the community and society; is a hands-on problem solver, possessing a strong work ethic and leadership qualities; and is well grounded with sound technical knowledge and understanding.

Below is a snapshot of the twelve “LSU engineers” named to this year’s LSU 100 list. 

  • John “Johnny” Fife
    • BS Construction Management, 1976
    • Arkel Constructors
  • Daniel Kais
    • BS Civil Engineering, 1990
    • Sigma Engineers and Constructors
  • David Levy
    • BS Petroleum Engineering, 1986; MS Mechanical Engineering, 1990
    • Petrotechnologies
  • Fred Myers
    • BS Civil Engineering, 1970
    • F.H. Myers Construction Corporation
  • Leo “Jim” Odom
    • BS Electrical/Computer Engineering, 1986
    • PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc.
  • Gerard “Jerry” Rispone
    • BS Electrical Engineering, 1985
    • ISC 
  • Robert “Bobby” Savoie
    • BS Industrial Engineering, 1980
    • Geocent 
  • Clifford Smith
    • BS Civil Engineering, 1958
    • T. Baker Smith, Inc. 
  • Archie Thompson
    • BS Petroleum Engineering, 1971
    • SEMPCheck
  • Chris Van Way
    • BS Petroleum Engineering, 1984
    • J.P. Oil Company
  • Mohit “Mo” Vij
    • MS Industrial Engineering, 1997
    • General Informatics
  • Miles Williams
    • BS Civil Engineering, 1983
    • Sigma Consulting Group

The companies were selected based on the following criteria:

  • Have been in business for five years or more
  • Have had verifiable revenues of $100,000 for 2008
  • Have a former LSU student as owner of at least 50 percent of the company or as chief executive officer, president or managing partner
  • Operate in a manner consistent with the mission of LSU and SEI (Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute)

For more information about the LSU 100, click here. 

For more information on the LSU Engineer, click here.


For more information, contact Cassie Arceneaux, College of Engineering, or (225) 578-0092.

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