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Alumnus Gene LeBoeuf Leads by Example in Distinguished Military and Engineering Careers

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Leboeuf Profile

Second In Charge: Gene LeBoeuf, a 1985 civil engineering alumnus, has been promoted to brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserve, and became deputy commander of the Reserve's 416th Theater Engineer Command. (U.S. Army Photo)

Gene LeBoeuf's commitments to military service and educating tomorrow's leading engineers have led to leadership roles in two distinguished careers.

The 1985 civil engineering alumnus has been promoted to brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserve, and become deputy commander of the Reserve's 416th Theater Engineer Command, based in Darien, Illinois. The 29-year Army veteran is now the second highest ranking leader of more than 10,000 Army Reserve engineers and nearly 3,000 additional Army Reserve soldiers who perform operational missions around the world, including construction, survey and design, route clearance, and other combat engineer operations as part of a joint force. He formerly served as the unit's chief of staff.

In his new role, LeBoeuf indicated that his focus for the unit is maintaining its readiness, and gaining support from its military and civilian stakeholders.

"There are two lines of effort to assuring our readiness," he says. "The first is our direction to lead and instill in our first line and mid-level leaders, the understanding of our readiness system…The second is to reach out to our stakeholders to be able to assist and help them understand how the Army Reserve works and how to utilize Army Reserve resources. This involves working with the active component and its use of the reserves and helping them in understanding what is required to mobilize the Reserve."

At this fall's Homecoming, LeBoeuf will receive the Rose-Hulman Alumni Association's Honor Alumni Award for his loyalty and meritorious service to the institute, contributions to the country's national interest, and professional achievements.

LeBoeuf received a military commission after completing the U.S. Army ROTC program at Rose-Hulman. He went on to earn a master's degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, a master's degree in civil engineering from Stanford University, an additional master's degree in industrial engineering and management science from Northwestern University, and a doctoral degree in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan.

Professionally, LeBoeuf has established a prestigious career in the engineering field. He is the associate department chair, director of undergraduate studies, and professor of civil and environmental engineering at Vanderbilt University. He is leading a National Science Foundation-funded research project examining the physicochemical processes of environmental systems, and developing improved methods to manage and increase sources of hydro-based renewable energy.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is supporting LeBoeuf's efforts to develop sustainable-energy water systems, including optimization of multireservoir hydropower systems. He also has participated in or led external technical reviews on nuclear waste remediation for the DOE, including a range of technology approaches to accelerate cleanup of contaminated areas in the vicinity of the Columbia River at Hanford, Washington.

LeBoeuf is a member of the Rose-Hulman Department of Civil Engineering's professional advisory board, returning to campus frequently to meet with students and faculty about current and future practices in civil and environmental engineering.