Retiring Louisiana Tech College of Engineering and Science Dean, Dr. Hisham Hegab, will serve as the keynote speaker for Louisiana Tech University’s summer commencement ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 19, in the Thomas Assembly Center on the Tech campus.
A professor of mechanical, nanosystems, and cyber engineering and a 1989 graduate of Tech, Hegab was named dean in July 2014 after serving as interim dean of the College during the 2013-2014 academic year.
“Hisham consistently demonstrated outstanding leadership as a faculty member, department head, and interim dean, and had the vision and skills needed to continue moving our College of Engineering and Science forward,” Tech President Dr. Les Guice said. “It was encouraging to see that after an extensive and thorough national search that attracted highly accomplished and widely respected academicians, the best person for the job was already here on our campus.”
As Dean, Hegab oversaw the creation of new degree and certification initiatives and provided the administrative oversight for 14 undergraduate engineering and science programs, seven master’s programs, and four doctoral programs.
Hegab joined Tech’s faculty in 1995 and served as an academic director for the computer science, electrical engineering, electrical engineering technology, and nanosystems engineering programs. He also served as associate dean of undergraduate studies in the College of Engineering and Science before becoming interim dean.
During his tenure as dean, Hegab was credited with successfully concluding the College’s campaign for a new Integrated Engineering and Science Education building. The 130,000-square-foot facility doubled the College’s classroom space, provided new faculty office spaces, and houses a rotunda that is used for various College and campus events.
Hegab is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Society of Engineering Education, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, and he is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Louisiana.
During his tenure at Tech, he earned the Louisiana Engineering Foundation Engineering Faculty Professionalism Award (2006), Louisiana Tech University Engineering Science Foundation Service Award (2004-05), Louisiana Tech University College of Engineering & Science Outstanding Achievement in Education Award (2004-05), and the Louisiana Tech University College of Engineering and Science Outstanding Achievement in Research Award (1997-98).
Originally from New Orleans, Hegab earned his bachelor’s degree from Tech and both his master’s degree and PhD in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech.
He and wife Beth have four children and live in Ruston.
Family and friends unable to attend commencement can watch the event via Facebook Live.