Jovanovich Honored By Louisiana Engineering Society for Civic Contributions

NEW ORLEANS – Kim Jovanovich, assistant dean of the University of New Orleans College of Engineering, has been named the recipient of the Louisiana Engineering Society’s 2018 Andrew M. Lockett Medal for Civic Activity. Given annually if merited, the award aims to recognize a Louisiana engineer who has exhibited distinguished service in the interest of public service and without compensation.

In addition to his role as an administrator in the College of Engineering, Jovanovich is professor of practice and the Chevron USA Endowed Professor of Electrical Engineering. But those titles only hint at his level of dedication to the engineering profession and his extensive community outreach activities.

Jovanovich teaches two to three courses each semester, advises the Eta Kappa Nu engineering society and the Dean’s Leadership Council on campus, and helps coordinate National Engineer’s Week events and other events that seek to involve students from the community.

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He has taught at UNO in some capacity since 1980. Since joining the UNO faculty full-time in 2012, he has traveled to countless high schools, middle schools and elementary schools as a lecturer and visitor in hopes of spreading the gospel of engineering, math, science and technology—and the good news of UNO’s programs. He works with the Pelicans, the New Orleans Babycakes and the Saints on STEM outreach programs.

“I tell students how important science and engineering are because they must depend on one another,” Jovanovich said. “Science empowers the creativity and imagination of engineers who then take the new and exciting scientific discoveries and apply them to creating new products and technologies. This is how civilization technically matures into an advancing society capable of space exploration, electric vehicles, autonomous robots, new materials and diagnostic tools.”

Jovanovich serves on many boards, including boards of directors for the Greater New Orleans Science and Engineering Fair, FIRST Louisiana-Mississippi, Inc. and Recovery Associates, Inc. (RAI), an organization that seeks to facilitate rebuilding efforts following catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina and flooding in South Louisiana.

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Jovanovich is a lifetime member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, as well as a member of the Louisiana Engineering Society, IEEE Lightwave Society, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu and the Illumination Society of North America. He received the Louisiana Engineering Society’s Faculty Professionalism Award in 2015 and he advises numerous graduate students theses as well as non-thesis research.

About The University of New Orleans

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UNO is a major research university in one of the world’s most fascinating cities. For more than 50 years, it has been one of the city’s foremost public resources, offering a diverse set of world-class, research-based programs, advancing shared knowledge and adding to the city’s industry, culture and economy. Since 1958, UNO has educated students from all 64 Louisiana parishes, all 50 states in the United States and more than 130 countries. Today UNO offers more than 40 undergraduate and pre-professional programs and more than 40 graduate programs.

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