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Contact: Christine Payton March 13, 2012
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu

Pictured from left: Dr Mark Zappi, dean of Engineering; Dr. Joseph Savoie, UL Lafayette president; Lawrence Svendson, LAGCOE chairman; Kirby Arceneaux, LAGCOE chair elect; and Steve Maley, LAGCOE treasurer.
The Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition has created the first faculty development endowment in a new campaign for the College of Engineering’s Petroleum Engineering Department.

LAGCOE’s $50,000 perpetual gift is the lead endowment in the college’s new –Petroleum Engineering Fleur-de-lis Fund.

“ This enhancement fund will be used to support activities in the college’s departments. The funds, for instance, may support students going to conferences or the money may be used for classroom materials,” said College of Engineering Dean Mark Zappi. The funds will be used in conjunction with state funding.

Four levels have been established for the fund: Rouge – up to $24,999; Blanc – $25,000 to $49,999; Cayenne – $50,000 to $99,999; and Fleur-de-lis – $100,000 and above.

“ Careers in engineering are critical to our continued global quest for energy and the technical advancement of our country. UL Lafayette’s Petroleum Engineering Department fills a critical need in the development of young minds with interest and desire to excel in engineering fields. We hope the students of today will be Technical Presenters sharing their new discoveries at LAGCOE in the future,” said Lawrence Svendson, operations manager with Marlin Energy, LLC and LAGCOE chairman.

In continuous operation since 1955, LAGCOE is a first rate exposition where world class oil and gas industry companies display the latest equipment and services and technical sessions address pertinent issues from across the globe. In 2011, LAGCOE welcomed 397 exhibitors from 4 countries and 14,000 attendees from 47 states and 26 countries.

Over the past four years, enrollment in UL Lafayette’s Department of Petroleum Engineering has increased by an astounding 190 percent. There are currently about 240 undergraduate and about 60 graduate students in petroleum engineering.

“ The university is one of only 14 in the country with a petroleum-engineering curriculum and it is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology,” said Dr. Fathi Boukadi, department head and LAGCOE Endowed Professor of Petroleum Engineering.


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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest university in the state, with nearly 17,000 students. It’s a public institution that awards bachelor, master and doctoral degrees. It includes diverse offerings from the humanities to scientific research and is a national leader in areas like computer science, biology and nursing. Its student-athletes – Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns – compete in NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate competition.

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