Chevron Commits Nearly $3 Million to LSU College of Engineering Expansion and Multiple LSU Initiatives

08/28/2013 08:31 AM

BATON ROUGE – Chevron has announced a $2 million commitment in support of the renovation of Patrick F. Taylor Hall and engineering expansion for LSU’s College of Engineering, and an additional $700,000 to the College of Science.

Chevron’s contribution will establish an engineering student academic support center, as well as a reservoir mechanics and rock and fluids property teaching laboratory in the Craft and Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering. Chevron’s gift bolsters the private fundraising effort in support of the College of Engineering’s “Breaking New Ground” campaign, to which donors have generously committed more than $30 million.

“Chevron is proud to join the College of Engineering’s efforts to expand engineering education and produce exceptional graduates,” said Warner Williams, vice president, Chevron North America Gulf of Mexico. “Our partnership with LSU is an example of Chevron’s commitment to develop and hire top quality graduates necessary to help us meet energy demands around the world. We believe that the new space and the advanced laboratory will enable the achievement of academic excellence in petroleum engineering and countless other disciplines.”

Funding for the engineering education center will help facilitate the development of a more interactive educational process that incorporates student projects, case studies and industry engagement into the engineering curriculum. The center will also provide contemporary space for multi-disciplinary collaboration. The new laboratory will focus on rock and fluids properties and reservoir mechanics. Students from an array of disciplines will have the chance to work with advanced technology and collaborative space, reflective of what will be experienced in their careers. Similarly, the lab gives research groups an opportunity to engage in collaborative exploration of data and results.

“We thank Chevron for their generous commitment to the LSU College of Engineering, as well as their continued support to LSU in multiple areas,” said LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander. “Meeting the demand for high-quality engineers is a priority for our state and for LSU. This expansion will provide a first-class facility for our students and researchers to ensure continued success.”

As part of a state-led initiative to grow the number of engineering, computer science and construction management professionals in Louisiana, LSU’s College of Engineering is committed to expanding its facilities to accommodate existing student demand and future growth. This announcement supports the private portion of the $100 million public/private partnership to renovate and expand LSU’s College of Engineering facilities and infrastructure.

“Chevron’s contribution to the renovation and expansion, plus multiple programs, exhibits the inspiration of the college's strategic partnership with industry to transform lives through exploration and education,” said Rick Koubek, dean, LSU College of Engineering. “We are grateful for the generosity and support from an energy leader, such as Chevron.”

Additionally, Chevron will provide funding to the Department of Geology & Geophysics in the LSU College of Science to establish a materials characterization lab and update existing laboratory space. Funds will also be leveraged with grants from the National Science Foundation, Board of Regents, and other faculty grants to purchase state-of-the-art geochemical instrumentation and support student programs such as the student chapter of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Applied Depositional Geosystems, or ADG, program.

“Chevron has been a valued partner to LSU and the College of Science. Their investment to establish a materials characterization lab further enhances our research capabilities in the geosciences and will offer student and faculty researchers access to advanced instrumentation and technology for studying earth materials,” said Guillermo Ferreyra, interim dean, LSU College of Science. “Chevron has been an integral component in the continued growth in the geosciences at LSU and their investments in the program help to prepare our students for successful and rewarding careers in industry and academia.”

Chevron’s contribution to LSU is a continuation of its relationship with the university and its commitment to support LSU through its University Partnership Program. Chevron’s $800,000 contribution to the LSU Foundation for the 2013-14 academic year is comprised by $590,000 for the initiatives already described and $210,000 in other support, including scholarships in the E. J. Ourso College of Business; LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center; and Colleges of Engineering, Human Sciences & Education and Science. Chevron has also earmarked support for the LSU Olinde Career Center, and for several student organizations in engineering and science. With this contribution, Chevron has now donated more than $11 million in support of LSU and its efforts to achieve academic excellence.

Chevron will be on the LSU campus to recruit students and graduates at the LSU Career Expo: Engineering, Science and Technology Expo on Sept. 10 in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Chevron will conduct on campus recruiting on Sept. 17 through 19. More information about the career fair and jobs can be found at  

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Mimi  LaValle 
Department of Physics & Astronomy

Posted on Wednesday, August 28, 2013