SLU GBRIA Award

Lu Yuan, left, head of the Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology at Southeastern Louisiana University, accepts the Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance Craft Workforce Development Champion Award from John Pacillo, operations director of Mexichem Fluor and a member of the alliance’s board of directors.

Southeastern Louisiana University’s Lu Yuan recently received the Craft Workforce Development Champion Award from the Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance at its ninth annual Craft Workforce Development Excellence Awards banquet in Baton Rouge.

Yuan, a certified safety professional, was recognized for academic leadership in the field. He also is the interim head of the university’s Department of Computer Science and Industrial Technology.

Yuan was nominated for the award by Chris Newton, coordinator of workforce development at Cajun Industries, a news release said.

“Dr. Yuan and the faculty in Southeastern’s Occupational Safety, Health and Environment program are a step above others in providing training for careers in the demanding field of safety,” Newton said.

Last year, Yuan received the Outstanding Safety Educator Award from the American Society of Safety Engineers.

Yuan said that as the state continues to expand its focus on development of industry, the need for professionals in the field will only increase, the release said.

The university’s occupational safety, health and environment program is one of 26 programs nationwide to award the Graduate Safety Practitioner Designation from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals and is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance is a 60-facility nonprofit trade association that seeks solutions to common issues with a focus on safety performance and workforce development.