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Napper to serve as Louisiana Tech summer commencement speaker

Dr. Stan Napper, retiring vice president for research and development at Louisiana Tech University, will serve as the keynote speaker for Louisiana Tech’s summer commencement ceremony at 10:00 a.m. August 17 in the Thomas Assembly Center (TAC).

Dr. Stan Napper

In addition to Napper’s address and presentation of diplomas, the graduates from each of Louisiana Tech’s five academic colleges and the Graduate School will receive their Tenet Medallions inscribed with the 12 Tenets of Tech and their year of graduation. The Tenets of Tech are guiding principles and personal characteristics that students and graduates are expected to embrace and uphold during and after their time at Louisiana Tech.

Those family and friends who are unable to attend commencement can watch the event via Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/LATech.

Napper earned his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering in 1980 and his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering in 1985 from Louisiana Tech.  He began his professional career with Louisiana Tech as an assistant professor of biomedical in 1984 and quickly distinguished himself as a strong academician and researcher.  Napper was promoted to associate professor and coordinator of instructional programs in 1988 and, soon after, chair of the biomedical engineering department.  He earned full professorship in 2001 and became the academic director of biomedical engineering, industrial engineering and mechanical engineering.

In 2002, Napper was appointed executive associate dean of the College of Engineering and Science and became dean of the College in 2004.  For his national contributions in engineering education and biomedical engineering accreditation, he was inducted as a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering in 2007.

As a result of his strength of leadership and accomplishments as an academician, researcher, and dean, Napper was named vice president for research and development in 2013, succeeding Louisiana Tech President Les Guice.  During his tenure as vice president, Napper has been responsible for establishing numerous corporate and government partnerships, and developing several major initiatives which have led to substantial support of Louisiana Tech’s research enterprise and economic growth in the region.

Napper is blessed with an amazing family that includes his wife Vicki, his sons Samuel (and daughter-in-law Beth), Joseph (and daughter-in-law Jen), Adam (and daughter-in-law Ashley), Aaron, Daniel, and Benjamin, and his daughters Beverly Ann (and son-in-law Tim Heine) and Mary.

Summer commencement officially marks the end of the summer quarter at Louisiana Tech.  Fall quarter classes are scheduled to begin on September 7.