Dr. Valsaraj Named 'Jacobs Professor of Excellence'
BATON ROUGE – Dr. Kalliat Valsaraj, the Vice President for Research & Economic Development at LSU, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Jacobs Professor of Excellence Award, which is presented annually by LSU’s Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes.
Dr. Valsaraj was recognized during the LSU-Texas A&M Football game on Saturday, Nov. 25.
“It is with great distinction to announce Dr. Kalliat T. Valsaraj as the 2017 Jacobs Professor of Excellence Award recipient,” said Kenneth O. Miles, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Executive Director of the Cox Communications Center. “Jacobs is one of the world’s largest technical, professional and construction service providers.
“Dr. Valsaraj’s credentials are in alignment with five of their competencies: customer focus, business insight, cultivates innovation, drives vision and purpose, and technical competency. Dr. Kalliat T. Valsaraj’s passion, dedication, and work epitomizes the essence of the award.”
Dr. Valsaraj joined LSU in 1986 as a research associate, later becoming a regular faculty member in the Cain Department of Chemical Engineering and then a tenured full professor. He served as the Department Chair from 2005-11. He has also provided service as a member of the Faculty Senate, Chair of the College of Engineering Policy Committee, and several other committees during his 31 years of service to LSU. He is an elected fellow of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
“Jacobs strongly supports higher education. As a company, we pride ourselves on creating sustainable solutions for our clients,” said Michael Authement, VP, Operations in Baton Rouge. “We must invest in our future leaders in order to foster innovation and technical excellence. We would like to congratulate Dr. Kalliat T. Valsaraj as the Jacobs Professor of Excellence at LSU and salute his commitment to the development of students in the field of engineering to help ensure future success.”
This is Jacobs first year to be the presenting sponsor of the Professor of Excellence award.
“We are excited to start a new partnership with an organization like Jacobs, which shows commitment to the success of the great professors and students at LSU,” said Ward Wyatt, general manager of LSU Sports Properties. “Congratulations to Dr. Valsaraj, whose work represents the excellence we each strive to attain both on and off the field at LSU.”