The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s (UL Lafayette) College of Engineering celebrated the ninth installation of its Alumni Wall of Honor on Friday, October 25, 2019. Dr. Jaimie Hebert, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Ahmed Khattab, Interim Dean for the College of Engineering, recognized Peter Bernard; Elliott Bouillion; Scott Hoffpauir; and Phillip May as Alumni Wall of Honor recipients. Each distinguished honoree was presented an individual Wall of Honor plaque. The ceremony included the unveiling of individual plaques on the College Wall of Honor that features their portrait and a statement of their contributions to the field of engineering.
Dr. Khattab opened the ceremony and addressed the success of the inductees: “Through their work and accomplishments, they have impacted the lives of millions of people, countless number of programs, processes and systems and the energy sector and economy on a grand scale through their expertise in business and engineering.”.
In his welcome address, Dr. Hebert thanked the inductees for the examples they set for our students and the badge of honor they have placed on their alma mater. “The College of Engineering has been a significant player in the success of our University… it’s not surprising at all that our engineering students become successful contributors to their profession and, because of our culture, successful contributors to their communities.”
Pictured from Left to Right: Ahmed Khattab, Interim Dean, Peter Bernard, Elliott Bouillion, Scott Hoffpauir, Phillip May and Dr. Jaimie Hebert, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
About the Alumni Wall of Honor Inductees:
Peter C. Bernard, a native of Breaux Bridge, LA, began his 25-year career with Halliburton in 1984. Until his early retirement in 2009, he held multiple roles with increasing responsibility in the U.S. and Internationally, including Senior Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, President/Chief Executive Officer of Landmark Graphics and Executive Committee Member of Halliburton. Upon his retirement, Peter formed Pinion Energy and Consulting and has become a trusted industry expert and advisor. Peter has served on the board of directors for several companies. He currently serves on the board of directors for US SILICA where he serves on the audit committee and as Chairman of the nominating and governance committee. Peter is a member of the UL Lafayette Louisiana Heritage Society™ and has served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Petroleum Engineering Department. Peter earned a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering in 1984.
Elliott M. Bouillion, a native of New Iberia, LA, began his career by launching a successful business venture while a student at UL, then joined Landmark Graphics Corporation as a founding member, serving as Vice President of Geophysics and Modeling early on, when the company only had 20 employees. He managed various technology and service divisions in Houston and London, culminating his 12-year tenure as Corporate Vice President and General Manager, leading more than 1800 employees worldwide. Landmark completed an initial IPO in October 1998 and was later acquired by Halliburton in 1996. In 2007, Elliott founded RES in Baton Rouge, LA, a nationwide, fully scaled operating company providing ecological restoration and water resource solutions that build natural resiliency for public and private sector clients where he serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. Elliott has served on the board of directors for several companies and currently serves on the board of directors for the Gulf of Mexico Foundation. In 2015, Elliott was named to the executive committee of the Committee of 100 for Louisiana. Elliott earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering in 1979.
Scott D. Hoffpauir, a native of Lafayette, LA, began his career at Bell Northern Research in Richardson, TX where he did software support for large phone switching systems and worked his way up to architect of wireless switching systems. Later he and his business partner started BroadSoft in Gaithersburg, MD, with a goal of providing next generation voice-over-IP solutions for global service providers. BroadSoft went public in 2010, listed on NASDAQ, and was one of the most successful technology IPOs of the year. In 2017, BroadSoft was sold to Cisco Systems for $1.9 billion. At Cisco, Scott is the Vice President of the Cloud Calling Technology Group, responsible for $400 million in revenue, a $200 million operating budget and 1,200 employees, including 10 engineers from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Scott earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1987.
Phillip R. May, Jr. joined Entergy in 1986, and was named President and CEO of Entergy Louisiana, LLC in 2013, which serves more than 1 million electric customers. Phillip is responsible for the company’s electric transmission and distribution systems, customer service, regulatory and public affairs, economic development programs and charitable contributions, as well as its financial performance. He led the successful effort to combine the Entergy Louisiana and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana operating companies to form a single, stronger utility. He also oversaw the completion and startup of operations for Nine Mile Unit 6, the first new power plant added to Entergy Louisiana’s fleet in nearly 30 years. He served on the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s New Orleans Branch and Second Harvest Food Bank. He currently serves on boards of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, GNO, Inc., The Louisiana Nature Conservancy, Teach for America of South Louisiana, and City Year Baton Rouge. Phillip earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from UL Lafayette in 1986 and his Master of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans. He also completed the mergers and acquisitions program at the Wharton School in Philadelphia, Pa.
“The Wall of Honor highlights the best of our college. Today, we celebrate four engineering alumni. Their names, pictures and brief bios will be permanently etched into our Ragin’ Cajun Engineering history.” said Dean Khattab as he thanked each distinguished alumni for their great work and representation of UL Lafayette while touching millions of people around the US.
Attending the ceremony were Dr. Jaimie Hebert, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, John Blohm, UL Lafayette Foundation CEO and Vice President for University Advancement, previous alumni Wall of Honor inductees, several College of Engineering assistant deans, department heads, faculty, staff, students, and family and friends of the honorees. Rebecca Doucet, Director of Development with UL Lafayette, coordinates the ceremony and served as Master of Ceremonies.
Recipients are selected based on their advancements to the engineering profession, significant contributions to the field of engineering and/or technology, and service as strong ambassadors for UL Lafayette’s College of Engineering.
The Engineering Alumni Wall of Honor was donated by Delmar Systems, Inc. and the Scott Family in honor of the UL Lafayette Engineering Alumni who have had remarkable careers and have led the way for future generations. Currently the Wall of Honor has 35 distinguished honorees.