1. COE GRADUATES 164 IN DECEMBER CEREMONY
COE Featured Keynote Speaker,
Phyllis M. Taylor
The COE welcomed very special keynote speaker to its
December 2006 graduation ceremony, Phyllis M. Taylor,
chair and chief executive officer of Taylor Energy Company
LLC. Taylor, whose late husband created the Louisiana
TOPS scholarship program, reflected on the importance of
“stepping forward and lending a helping hand to others.”
Mrs. Taylor is also the chair and president of the Patrick F.
Taylor Foundation, a philanthropic organization that
benefits education, law enforcement, military and other
Mrs. Phyllis Taylor and LSU Chancellor Emeritus James
Wharton (fifth from left), pose with the College of Engineering
faculty following graduation, held December 21, 2006 at the
Maddox Field House.
STUDENTS, FAMILY, FRIENDS, FACULTY MEMBERS PACK
MADDOX FIELD HOUSE FOR DECEMBER ‘06 GRADUATION
164 new graduates received their diplomas to the applause of a packed
Maddox Field House during the College of Engineering’s commencement
ceremony on December 21, 2006. Achieving the top academic
distinction of Summa Cum Laude were Brad M. Shannon, Brandon R.
McGovern, and medalist Chinyere Ifeoma Nwabugwu from (country), who
presented the student address on behalf of her fellow classmates.
Magna Cum Laude graduates Nishant Agrawal, George C. Barisich, and
Phillip E. Mayer and Cum Laude graduate Jonathan Hotstream were also
Keynote Speaker Phyllis M. Taylor
encouraged the COE Class of December
2006 to develop generosity and gratitude.
“Out there, some way, some how, there is a
means for each of you to give as well as to
To view clips from Mrs. Taylor’s address,
access www.eng.lsu.edu, or contact the COE
Office of Development, (225) 578-5706, for
COE Dean and Bert Turner Professor of Engineering,
Zaki Bassiouni, and Keynote Speaker Phyllis M. Taylor
congratulate graduation class representative and medalist,
Chinyere Ifeoma Nwabugwu (center).
2. E x xo n M o b i l D o n a t e s $ 5 0 , 0 0 0 t o C O E
ExxonMobil Project Manager, Recruiter
and LSU Alumnus, Lloyd Guillory,
Presents COE Five Department Checks
On Wednesday, January 10, LSU COE alumnus, Lloyd
Guillory, presented COE Dean Zaki Bassiouni with
five departmental checks from ExxonMobil, totaling
$50,000. ExxonMobil, one of the largest worldwide
petrochemical companies, donated to the departments offering degrees in subjects from which it recruits employees.
COE Dean Zaki Bassiouni greets guests and fellow donation
recipients from the LSU Foundation, the E.J. Ourso College of
Business, the College of Basic Sciences, and LSU Career Services.
COE Dean Zaki Bassiouni proudly accepts his
departments’ donations from ExxonMobil Project Manager, Recruiter and LSU alumnus Lloyd
(Shown Left to Right) Clive Woods, Chair, Department of
Electrical and Computer Engineering; Kalliat T. Valsaraj, Chair,
Cain Department of Chemical Engineering; Dean Bassiouni, COE;
Lloyd Guillory, ExxonMobil; Stephen O. Sears, Chair, Craft and
Hawkins Department of Petroleum; and George Z. Voyiadjis,
Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
www.eng.lsu.edu, or contact the COE
Office of Development, (225) 578-5706,
for more information.