Phillips 66 Invests $750,000 for LSU College of Engineering Interactive Classroom

09/02/2014 11:22 AM

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s College of Engineering has announced a $750,000 gift commitment from Phillips 66 to provide an interactive education classroom in the renovation and expansion of the College of Engineering’s facilities. The first of its kind at LSU, the new interactive education classroom will integrate a progressive model of engineering education into the curriculum.

“This new learning community will accelerate our efforts to prepare graduates to meet the environmental, social, economic, scientific, creative and educational challenges that confront the nation and world in the 21st century,” said Rick Koubek, dean and Bert S. Turner Chair in the College of Engineering.

Unlike a traditional classroom, students will study lecture material outside of class, and in-class time will be targeted for collaborative, engaged problem-solving with the professor and a team of peers.

“Our commitment is targeted at preparing students to enter the workforce and become successful engineers and valued team members in the industry of their choice,” said Mike Kenney, vice president of refineries for Phillips 66.

The technologically-equipped space will be constructed for team-oriented collaboration instilling analytical solution skills for future engineers.

“Educational needs are shifting from teaching isolated skills in one area to teaching skills that enable students to solve complex problems across many areas,” said Isabelina Nahmens, associate professor, Industrial Engineering. “This technology-centric classroom is going to allow us to enhance our interaction with students and engage them with a dynamic visual component.”

The Phillips 66 gift was delivered through the LSU Foundation to benefit the College of Engineering.

About Phillips 66
Built on more than 130 years of experience, Phillips 66 is a growing energy manufacturing and logistics company with high-performing Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties businesses. This integrated portfolio enables Phillips 66 to capture opportunities in the changing energy landscape. Headquartered in Houston, the company has 13,500 employees who are committed to operating excellence and safety. Phillips 66 had $51 billion of assets as of June 30.

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About LSU’s College of Engineering
Founded in 1908, the LSU College of Engineering offers 11 undergraduate degree programs and confers approximately 650 bachelor’s degrees per year, ranking it in the top 10 percent nationally for graduates. In 2013, it became the largest academic college in the LSU System and the fifth fastest growing engineering college in the nation. One-hundred and thirty-five faculty members engage in education, research, and commercialization with a strategic focus on research indigenous to Louisiana: energy and environmental sustainability, and natural and built infrastructure.

For more information about LSU’s College of Engineering visit

Mimi  LaValle 
Department of Physics & Astronomy

Posted on Tuesday, September 2, 2014