Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Robert A. "Bobby" Savoie currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Geocent, an information technology and engineering services company headquartered in Metairie, Louisiana. Geocent was formed in 2008 and is now working with government and commercial clients throughout the U.S. in the fields of Information Technology, Engineering Services, and Defense and Aerospace Manufacturing Support. Since its formation in 2008, Geocent has grown more than 500%, added over 200 IT, engineering and technology professionals, and now has eleven offices in six states, plus project locations in three additional states.
Some of Dr. Savoie's recent honors include:
- UNO President's Medallion for Distinguished Service, 2018
- LSU College of Engineering Hall of Distinction, 2014
- University of New Orleans Distinguish Alumnus of the Year, 2013
- NASA's Distinguished Public Service Medal, 2011
- Laureate of the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame, 2011
- eWardBest Application of Technology, 2010
- eWardGrowth Company of the Year President, 2009
- Loyola University, College of Business Alumnus of the Year, 2008
Dr. Savoie currently serves on the boards of the National World War II Museum; Loyola University; the University of New Orleans (UNO) Foundation; Greater New Orleans, Inc.; and the LSU Health Foundation New Orleans. He was appointed by Governor Bobby Jindal, and reappointed by Governor John Bel Edwards, to represent the State of Louisiana on the Aerospace Alliance Board, which focuses on advanced manufacturing in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Dr. Savoie previously served as a director, trustee, and senior advisor for the Atlantic Council of the United States; the Louisiana Technology Council; the U.S. Small Business Technology Foundation; the Boy Scouts of America; the Academy of the Sacred Heart; the J. Bennett Johnston Science Foundation; Isidore Newman School; and the Ochsner Health Foundation.
In August 2004, after a 28-year career as an Engineer and CEO, Dr. Savoie left Science & Engineering Associates (SEA), where he had served as CEO since 1999, to return to school to pursue his doctorate in engineering and to devote more time to civic and humanitarian activities. Dr. Savoie previously founded Integrated Resources Group (IRG) in 1986 and served as CEO until IRG merged with SEA in 1997. Dr. Savoie became President and then CEO of SEA and guided the company through an extraordinary growth period during which the company transitioned from a small consulting firm to a $124 Million per year technology corporation with four subsidiaries and 14 offices in 10 states nationwide. Under Dr. Savoie's leadership, SEA's revenue grew 700% in five years. After its merger with ITS to form Apogen, SEA continued to grow and ultimately became part of QinetiQ North America. While CEO of SEA, Dr. Savoie served as the General Manager of a 25 company Management and Integration contractor team for the Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Information Technology Center in New Orleans, which grew to encompass 1300 people and 1000 IT professionals.
While serving as a CEO of successively larger companies, Dr. Savoie continued his work as an engineer and consultant, primarily in nuclear power and defense. Most recently this has expanded to include NASA's next generation Space Launch System (SLS), large government information systems and numerous economic development activities. Dr. Savoie has served as a principal consultant to the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy on several programs of national significance including radioisotope production, international nuclear safety and nuclear non-proliferation. For over ten years Dr. Savoie assisted the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management at the Yucca Mountain Project, the nation's high level nuclear waste repository. He served in a consulting capacity at the DOE Hanford Facility; the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant; the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Sandia National Laboratory; Argonne National Laboratory; and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Savoie's work on behalf of NASA includes the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), Stennis Space Center (SSC) and Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF). He has facilitated the resolution of issues ranging from the reengineering of military information systems and NASA space systems to medical radioisotope production, nuclear regulation, non-proliferation and non-lethal lasers.
Dr. Savoie received his Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Sciences with a specialization in Engineering Management in May of 2009 from the University of New Orleans; an MBA from Loyola University (1981) and a Bachelor's of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from LSU (1980).