May 20, 2013

LSU's College of Engineering recognizes the importance of health and occupational safety education and research in its curriculum, and Fluor Corporation, one of the largest publicly traded engineering and construction companies in the world, prides itself as being consistently rated as one of the world's safest contractors and continually showcases excellent health safety and environmental performance. As a result, LSU's College of Engineering and Fluor have teamed up to bolster industrial safety education.

On Friday, April 19, Fluor and the College of Engineering held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Fluor Industrial Safety Laboratory. Fluor's contribution, made through the LSU Foundation, will help lead the College’s efforts to enhance the current Industrial Safety Program, integrating safety management, fire protection, risk assessment, conservation of resources, sustainability and field/site engineering and construction. The competencies of LSU engineering and construction management students are greatly enhanced by their access to lab experience, participation in design projects and exposure to modern technology and equipment.

“With increased global demands for skilled engineers, the need for a qualified, highly-trained and safety-minded workforce is critical,” said Rick Koubek, dean, LSU College of Engineering. “Thanks to Fluor’s support, this laboratory will support the College’s efforts in research and educating our students in the importance of safety in the field.”

By identifying Fluor's contribution to safety, the company has established a foothold for further engagement with LSU students with respect to a critical subject area of major importance to both Fluor and LSU engineering and construction management.

“This cooperation between LSU’s College of Engineering and Fluor is an excellent example of how companies and academia can partner to enhance the educational experience with industry best practices,” stated Jim Kenney, (LSU, BS, CEE 1985), Fluor Executive Sponsor for Fluor’s LSU College Relations program. “Fluor’s commitment to safety is paramount on every one of our nearly 1,000 worldwide projects, and we are proud to share our safety culture with LSU students.”

LSU became a Fluor Partner University in 2007, and the relationship has since expanded and strengthened significantly. Fluor's historical support of LSU began in 1992, and total giving has exceeded more than $500,000.

For more than 100 years, Fluor Corporation has partnered with its clients to design, build and maintain many of the world's most challenging and complex capital projects. More than 41,000 employees provide comprehensive engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, fabrication, operations, maintenance and project management services. The company serves a global client base in the energy, chemicals, government, industrial, infrastructure, operations and maintenance, manufacturing and life sciences, mining, power and transportation sectors. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Fluor ranks 124 on the FORTUNE 500 list and had revenue of $27.6 billion in 2012. In January, Fluor’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David Seaton was recognized by the National Safety Council for the company’s commitment to world-class safety.

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Article by Mimi LaValle, LSU College of Engineering, 225-578-5706 or mlavall@lsu.edu. 



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