COES honors distinguished alumni

February 22, 2018


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Some of Louisiana Tech’s most impressive engineering and science alumni were recognized for work they have done in their field at the College of Engineering and Science’s 2018 Alumni Awards on Feb. 1.


Tech’s COES held this award ceremony to honor its most successful alumni in each degree program. There were 12 recipients at this year’s awards that represented degrees from biomedical, chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical and industrial engineering as well as construction engineering technology, electrical engineering technology, computer science, chemistry, mathematics and physics.


Hisham Hegab, dean of the COES, said the Distinguished Alumni Awards serve as an opportunity for each of the undergraduate degree programs to recognize outstanding alumni from their program.


He said many characteristics of these alumni go noticed when choosing who receives the awards.


“The recipients typically have demonstrated success in their professional career as evidenced by promotion to leadership positions where they work, and in many cases, have started up or lead their own companies,” Hegab said. “In some instances, the recipients have a distinguished record of technical achievements or advancement of knowledge in their chosen field. Many of the recipients have a strong record of humanitarian, community or public service as well.”


Hegab said being chosen for the Alumni Awards is a great honor to any COES alumni as it recognizes the excellent work done by them in their field of work.


“It means they have achieved great success in their professional careers as recognized by the program faculty and their professional peers,” he said. “Their accomplishments bring great pride to the university.”


George Lavert, an alumnus who was recognized at the ceremony, graduated from Tech in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He said a large part of his life that contributed to receiving this award was his time spent here at Tech.


“The strong technical background afforded by my academic work at Tech allowed me to comprehend, analyze and solve very technical problems,” Lavert said. “The leadership experience I had in leading the IFC, my chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha and Student Government built a skill set and confidence that set me on a course to lead and manage groups of people.”


Lavert said although he was recognized for his contribution to his work, he believes the award recognizes other people in his life who have helped him along the way.


“My hard work would not have been enough without the commitment and support of my family, my teachers, my fraternity brothers and dear friends over the years, so they share in reflected honor for this,” he said.


Lavert said he was surprised when he was chosen to receive an award from the electrical engineering program and was honored to be picked by Tech professors and peers.


“I am flattered to be selected from the thousands of Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering graduates,” he said. “At my stage of life, retrospectives, reunions and memories are very important. This honor validates my hard work at Tech and the things I have accomplished in life since my college days.”


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