LSU Engineering Honoring Bill Hise and Bobby Savoie

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

Mimi  LaValle 
Department of Physics & Astronomy

Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014