September 2, 2014

First classroom of its kind at LSU, specifically designed to integrate new model of engineering education.

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s College of Engineering has announced a $750,000 gift commitment from Phillips 66 to provide an interactive education classroom in the renovation and expansion of the College of Engineering's facilities. The first of its kind at LSU, the new interactive education classroom will integrate a progressive model of engineering education into the curriculum.

“This new learning community will accelerate our efforts to prepare graduates to meet the environmental, social, economic, scientific, creative, and educational challenges that confront the nation and world in the 21st century,” said Rick Koubek, dean and Bert S. Turner Chair in the College of Engineering.

Unlike a traditional classroom, students will study lecture material outside of class, and in-class time will be targeted for collaborative, engaged problem-solving with the professor and a team of peers.

“Our commitment is targeted at preparing students to enter the workforce and become successful engineers and valued team members in the industry of their choice,” said Mike Kenney, vice president of refineries for Phillips 66.

The technologically-equipped space will be constructed for team-oriented collaboration instilling analytical solution skills for future engineers.

“Educational needs are shifting from teaching isolated skills in one area to teaching skills that enable students to solve complex problems across many areas,” said Isabelina Nahmens, associate professor, Industrial Engineering. “This technology-centric classroom is going to allow us to enhance our interaction with students and engage them with a dynamic visual component.”


Mimi LaValle, LSU College of Engineering, 225-578-5706, 225-439-5633,

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