College of Engineering Inducts Four New Alumni into Wall of Honor

 College of Engineering Wall of Honor 6 Group Shot

 (From Left: University President Dr. E. Joseph Savoie, Honoree Ibrahim Al-Alawi, Honoree Mohammad "Ema" Haq, Honoree Charles "Chuck" Treadway, Loretta Theriot [on behalf of her late husband, Alexandre "Alex" Theriot], and College of Engineering Dean Dr. Mark Zappi at the Alumni Wall of Honor ceremony on Friday, April 27, 2018.)  Photo: Lucius Fontenot

On Friday, April 27, 2018, the College of Engineering inducted four more alumni into the Wall of Honor. Honorees were selected for their advancements to the engineering profession and strong support of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. To date, the wall displays 25 of the college’s most outstanding alumni. The College of Engineering graciously thanks Delmar Systems, Inc. and the Scott Family for their gifts benefiting the construction of the Wall of Honor.

Friends, alumni, and supporters, as well as administration and students, gathered for a formal plaque unveiling ceremony followed by a reception. UL Lafayette President Dr. E. Joseph Savoie and College of Engineering Dean Dr. Mark Zappi congratulated honorees and presented each with a ceremonial plaque bearing their name, photograph, and brief biography. Honorees returned to campus to experience a tour and the opportunity to dine with engineering students, discussing their pathway to success and future opportunities. The day concluded with a state of the college address presented by Dean Zappi.

The Wall of Honor continues to inspire engineering students and demonstrates potential career opportunities available with a UL Lafayette engineering degree, while recognizing the accomplishments of distinguished alumni. To qualify for the Wall of Honor, alumni must have made significant contributions to the field of engineering and technology, and serve as strong ambassadors to the College of Engineering. The selection committee is comprised of the dean for the College of Engineering, vice president for University Advancement, executive director of development, a faculty member from the college, development director for the college, president/CEO for the UL Lafayette Foundation, and a current inductee of the Wall of Honor.

The following alumni were inducted:

Ibrahim Al-Alawi – PETE ‘88

Born in Baton Rouge, La., Ibrahim worked for 15 years in various positions on rigs and in offices within the drilling division of the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations before joining AlMansoori Specialized Engineering in Abu Dhabi as business development manager in 2004. In this position, he traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, playing an instrumental role in the company’s expansion into new territories. Later on, he spent two years as manager of operations in North Africa, based in Tripoli, Libya, before returning to Abu Dhabi to become chief operating officer. His current position is deputy CEO.

Ibrahim has been a lifelong member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers since joining the student chapter during his college days at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (USL). He served in many positions on the Society of Petroleum Engineers Board of the Abu Dhabi Chapter, including chairman. Ibrahim is also an active committee member for the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference and the Middle East Drilling Technology Conference, as well as other Society of Petroleum Engineers workshops, conferences, and exhibitions in the region.

Mohammad “Ema” Haq – MCHE ‘93

Born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Ema arrived in Lafayette in 1983 at 19 years old seeking a degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (USL). Ema financed his education by working in Louisiana’s thriving food industry, wearing many aprons as a busboy, dishwasher, waiter, and cook. Upon graduation, Ema worked for Mallard Drilling Company and later Parker Drilling Company as a project engineer for domestic and international operations.

Passionate about the restaurant industry, Ema opened Bailey’s Restaurant in 1993 becoming fully involved in his food service operation and eventually opening Bailey’s Offshore Catering in 1999 to provide hospitality services to the oil and gas industry in offshore and remote locations. Ema opened Ema’s Café in 2006 and Emaco Food Service, a land and marine food distributor in 2010. Ema remained a consultant engineer to many companies until finally parting with his engineering career in 2007.

An advocate of assisting those in need, Ema has contributed to many charitable organizations and hosted the Annual Bailey’s Thanksgiving Dinner to feed the less fortunate for the past 25 years. He is a graduate of Leadership Lafayette and has served on multiple boards such as Lafayette General Health, United Way of Acadiana, Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, and the Louisiana Restaurant Association. Ema has received numerous awards including State Restaurateur of the Year by the Louisiana Restaurant Association, Outstanding International Alumni by the UL Lafayette Alumni Association and Offices of International Affairs, and Louisiana Public Citizen of the Year.

Alexandre “Alex” Theriot – CIVE ‘59

Alex, lovingly known as “Doonie”, from nearby St. Martinville, La., received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (SLI). Initially employed by the Louisiana Department of Public Works, then the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alex formed his own civil engineering, architecture, and land surveying company, Alex Theriot Jr. & Associates, Inc., in January 1965 in Denham Springs, La. Alex also served as the city engineer for Denham Springs for more than 24 years and as the Livingston Parish engineer for more than 20 years. In 1994, Governor Edwards commissioned him to serve on the Louisiana State Board of Commerce and Industry, and he was elected chairman of the board in 1995. In June 1999, Alex sold his firm, which at its peak had 52 employees.

Throughout his career, Alex formed and invested in many ventures including engineering, architecture and land surveying, oil and gas drilling, computer software, cattle, and real estate. Alex was a founding member and former board chair for Tuscaloosa Commerce Bank, owned a Honda motorcycle dealership, and had a working interest in PetroQuest Energy.

He was active in many civic organizations, served on many corporate boards, and belonged to several professional societies including American Society of Civil Engineers and Louisiana Engineering Society. He and his wife, Loretta, were generous philanthropists who improved the lives of countless people through their support of community organizations, secondary and higher education, and their church. Alex passed away in 2015. He is fondly remembered for his hard work, common sense, numerous accomplishments, and his belief in giving to others.

Charles “Chuck” Treadway – EECE ‘88

Chuck is a results-oriented executive with an outstanding track record of growing businesses and improving profitability through strategic portfolio management across markets and geographies. His experience spans 25 plus years in the electrical and related industries, living and managing businesses in the U.S., Mexico, Europe, and Asia.

Chuck began his career as an engineer for the Square D Company. He serves as the CEO of Accudyne Industries, based in Dallas. Chuck also has served as CEO of several companies, including Thomas & Betts, Custom Sensors and Technology, and Schneider-Swire JV in China. He has also served as president of the automotive division of Prettl International and of Grupo Tesa Mexico, a division of Yale Security.

While at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (USL), he represented the College of Engineering as president for the Student Government Association and president of the Louisiana Engineering Society. He also served as the scholastic chairman of Theta Xi Fraternity. Chuck completed his M.S.E.E. from Clemson University in 1990 and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1997.

Chuck and his wife, Mercedes, served on the board of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. As a family, the Treadways are involved with and supporters of Heroes for Children, the Salvation Army, and Unbound.

Previous inductees to the Wall of Honor include:

Georges J. Antoun, ITEC, 1988

Bryant L. Chapman, CHEE, 1982

David S. Huval, SR., CIVE, 1961

John Pere, PETE, 1979

James “Jim” Poché, MCHE, 1970

Richard C. Sealy, MCHE, 1943

Rod E. Vargas, M.S. CIVE, 1990; CIVE, 1983

Harold Callais, EECE, 1959

Carrie Castille, ITEC, 1998

Luke E. Fontenot, CHEE, 1961

Greg Guidry, MCHE, 1982

Steven P. Guidry, PETE, 1980

Jay F. Honeycutt, EECE, 1960

Terry Huval, EECE, 1978

A.J.P. “Sonny” Launey, M.S. CIVE, 1969; CIVE, 1968

Gary P. Luquette, CIVE, 1978

Max Merrick, CIVE, 1965

Donald Mosing, MCHE, 1950

Kam K. Movassaghi, CIVE, 1963

Nick Pugh, EECE, 1968

Ali Saberioon, PETE, 1981

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