04/03/2014 08:22 AM
BATON ROUGE – The LSU College of Engineering will honor two new inductees, Bill R. Hise and Robert A. “Bobby” Savoie, at its 33rd
annual Hall of Distinction on Thursday, April 3, at 6:15 p.m. at the LSU French House.
Hise is part owner and vice president of The Hise Company, offering a wide range of
consulting services pertaining to geological, drilling, production and reservoir engineering,
primarily in the Southeast and Southwest U.S. In 1964, Hise joined the LSU petroleum
engineering faculty, where he remained teaching until 1980. He served as the first
director of the IADC Petroleum Industry Blowout Prevention and Well Control Training
Center at LSU. Hise received a B.S. with distinction in 1952 and a M.S. in 1954, both
in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma and a commission in the United
States Air Force as a distinguished military graduate.
Savoie currently serves as chief executive officer of Geocent, LLC, one of the nation’s
largest information technology and engineering services companies, headquartered in
New Orleans. Formed in 2008, Geocent has grown more than 300 percent and added more
than 200 IT and engineering professionals. Savoie received his B.S. in industrial
engineering from LSU in 1980, an MBA from Loyola University in 1981, and his Ph.D.
in engineering and applied sciences with a specialization in engineering management
in the spring of 2009 from the University of New Orleans.
“The College of Engineering is honored to recognize these stellar engineers for our
33rd annual Hall of Distinction,” said Rick Koubek, dean, LSU College of Engineering.
“Bill and Bobby have enacted strong leadership through transformative roles in their
professions and impressive contributions to LSU. These inductees represent the true
significance of the LSU Engineer.”
Criteria for election include distinguished professorial achievement, dedicated service
to engineering and outstanding humanitarian activities. Eligibility is not limited
to LSU alumni, although it is expected that nominees will have had some connection
with and have shown interest in LSU. Nominations may be made by anyone, and are solicited
each year from alumni, faculty and friends of the college. Election to the Hall of
Distinction is by a broadly constituted 10-member board of election, which reviews
and acts on nominations.
In 1979, the college established the Hall of Distinction to recognize individuals
who have made significant contributions to the engineering profession. Seven charter
members were elected that year, and, generally, two achievers in engineering have
been added each year since.
For more information about this year’s distinguished recipients or about the Hall of Distinction, contact Mimi LaValle at 225-578-5706 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014