Dr. Roger A. LaBoube, Curators’ Teaching Professor emeritus of civil engineering, has retired as director of the Student Design and Experiential Learning Center, effective Sept. 1.
The faculty advisor for the S&T Steel Bridge Team from 1991 until 2010, LaBoube has served as director of the design center for the past two years. Under his leadership, the center has added three new design teams, moved operations to the new Kummer Student Design Center and increased the number of student participants to more than 400.
“Dr. LaBoube has been an effective leader of a growing center that affords S&T students a wonderful opportunity to apply the principles they learn in their classes,” says Dr. Larry Gragg, Curators’ Teaching Professor and chair of history and political science, and interim vice provost for undergraduate studies.
Dr. Paul Hirtz will serve as interim director of the Student Design and Experiential Learning Center while a search is conducted for a permanent successor. Hirtz has a Ph.D. in engineering management from S&T and served as assistant director of the center from 2003 to 2008, interim director from 2008 to 2010, and associate director the past two years.