Ryan Cooney Named Director of Corporate Relations and Economic Development for LSU College of Engineering

10/24/2012 08:28 AM

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s College of Engineering recently named Ryan Cooney the new director of Corporate Relations and Economic Development. In his new role, Cooney will facilitate and strengthen the college’s advancement efforts with research and industry, and increase attention toward engagement in support of the college’s strategic plan.


“We are fortunate to have an individual with Ryan’s credentials to lead our economic development and corporate relations activities in the College of Engineering at LSU,” said Dean Rick Koubek. “This is a fundamental element of the college’s mission, and Ryan’s presence promises great advancements for the college in this arena.”


As director, Cooney will be responsible for effectively communicating the college’s strategic plan and encouraging partnership opportunities in research, education and service. He will collaborate with economic development organizations to utilize the college as a value-added service in assisting new and current industries in the state of Louisiana. Cooney will be proactively engaged with industry trends to position the college for the next generation of technology and research.


Cooney received his Bachelor of Science in management from LSU in 2008 and was a member of Leadership LSU in 2008. He is currently working toward his certified economic developer designation through the International Economic Development Council. Prior to his appointment at LSU, Cooney worked for the Baton Rouge Area Chamber since 2007, most recently as director of Business Development for East Baton Rouge Parish. In that role, he maintained and executed a perpetual national economic development recruitment initiative targeted through national and international site selection consultants representing major Louisiana industries.


“I am thrilled to return to LSU in this role to support not only the College of Engineering, but also the university as a whole, and more importantly the entire state of Louisiana,” Cooney said. “This state has seen significant job growth and gains in capital investment over the last five years. The College of Engineering plays a vital role in these efforts to supply industry with human capital and intellectual research. I am excited to meet these challenges and showcase the excellent opportunities an LSU engineer can provide for their employer and community.”


Cooney is a member of the LSU Alumni Association, the Southern Economic Development Council and the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association. He is a Pi Sigma Epsilon alumni member, a St. Aloysius youth volunteer and CYO coach.


The College of Engineering’s Corporate Relations and Economic Development office serves as the liaison and informational partner between the college, industry, government and other higher education institutions. In accordance with its five-year strategic plan, the college works to serve as a primary engineering resource for education, research and innovation. As a part of Louisiana’s flagship university, the College of Engineering serves as a proactive and strategic partner for all industries locally, nationally and globally. For more information on the LSU College of Engineering, visit http://www.eng.lsu.edu.

Mimi  LaValle 
Department of Physics & Astronomy

Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012