March 12, 2012

The LSU College of Engineering will welcome two new inductees, Zaki Bassiouni and Sidney E. Fuchs, to its 31st annual Hall of Distinction on Thursday, April 26 at the Lod Cook Alumni Center.

A professional petroleum engineer since 1964, Dr. Zaki Bassiouni joined LSU in 1977. He was a professor and chair of the Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering from July 1983 to June 2004, before assuming the position of dean of the College of Engineering (CoE) and Bert S. Turner Chair in Engineering. Bassiouni received a B.S. in petroleum engineering from Cairo University, Egypt, a diploma in geophysics from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Pétrole et des Moteurs of Paris, France, and an M.S. (DEA) and Ph.D. (Docteur En Sciences) from the University of Lille in France.

Fuchs is the president and chief executive officer of MacAulay Brown, Inc. (MacB), a premier engineering and technical services company headquartered in Dayton, Ohio with more than 2,000 employees worldwide that serves the U.S. Defense and Intelligence communities. Fuchs is a leading executive with more than 25 years experience in Intelligence and National Security, Aerospace and Defense, Commercial IT Services, and Private Equity with an emphasis on the engineering, development, integration and operations of mission-critical programs, systems, and technologies. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana State University and has completed executive programs at the University of Virginia Darden School, the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, Harvard University and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Richard Koubek, dean for the College of Engineering stated, “The College of Engineering is honored to recognize these stellar engineers for our 31st annual Hall of Distinction. Sid and Zaki have enacted strong leadership through transformative roles in their professions and impressive contributions to LSU. These inductees represent the true significance 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

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