BATON ROUGE AREA

Ronda K. Zucco, director of business development and operations at Apollo Behavioral Health Hospital in Baton Rouge, has been named a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Fellow status requires passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional/community involvement.

K.T. Valsaraj, an LSU professor and vice president of research and economic development, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

Valsaraj is one of 582 NAI fellows representing more than 190 prestigious research universities and governmental and nonprofit research institutions. Academic inventors and innovators elected as fellows are named inventors on U.S. patents and were nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, and support and enhancement of innovation in their field. Valsaraj’s research involves several areas of environmental, chemical and materials engineering.

The Associated Builders and Contractors Pelican Chapter announced the winners in its annual craft competition, who will advance to the ABC National Craft Championships. Winners by category are Chris Malbrue, of Excel, first place, electrical; Ryan Diez, of Triad Electric and Controls, first place, and Derek Ray, of ISC, second place, both instrumentation; George Cisneros, of Turner Industries, first place, millwright; Randall Searcy, of Performance Contractors Inc., first place, pipefitting; and Tanner Bergeron, of Performance Contractors Inc., first place; Jeremiah Kidwell, of Excel, second place; and Jake Williams, of Excel, third place, all welding.