MMR Inducted to the LSU Society for Engineering Excellence

December 2, 2014

The LSU College of Engineering recently inducted MMR Group to the Society for Engineering Excellence for its philanthropic gift to establish two new engineering laboratories: a building simulation and information modeling studio, and an advanced materials and methods laboratory. The laboratories will help prepare the university's construction management students for career advancement.

MMR is proud to join this esteemed group who support LSU's College of Engineering and its mission to deliver a world-class education in an environment that promotes innovation and leadership, remarked James Pepper Rutland, president, MMR Group, Inc., and 1972 LSU construction technology.

Founded in 2008, LSUs Society for Engineering Excellence is comprised of members who have made lifetime commitments of $1 million or more to LSU's College of Engineering. Each member of the society helps ensure the College of Engineering is positioned to educate the best future engineers through their philanthropic commitment to support students, faculty, and research.

The generosity of LSUs Society for Engineering Excellence members is integral in providing state-of-the-art resources to educate the next generation of computer scientists, construction managers, and engineers, said Rick Koubek, dean, LSU College of Engineering. As champions of our program, the members association also helps propel the Colleges research initiatives and recruit top faculty.

Founded in 1908, the LSU College of Engineering offers eleven undergraduate degree programs and confers approximately 650 bachelors degrees per year, ranking it in the top ten percent nationally for graduates. In 2014, it became the largest academic college at LSU, the largest engineering program in Louisiana and the 18th largest in the nation. One hundred and forty-four faculty members engage in education, research, and commercialization with a strategic focus on research indigenous to Louisiana: energy, manufacturing, natural & built infrastructure, computation, biotechnology.

Pictured from left are LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander, Constance Rutland, MMR Group President James Pepper Rutland and LSU College of Engineering Dean Richard Rick Koubek.

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