Kevin Suir, son of Burton and Linda Suir of Lafayette, is the Fall 2008 Outstanding Graduate for the College of Sciences.

Suir is a computer science major who has been on the Dean’s List every semester. He is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society as well as the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

He has received several scholarships including the Ben H. and Clare Roy Thibodeaux Endowed Scholarship, the TOPS Honors Scholarship, the LHSAA Scholar Athlete Scholarship and the Brandon Latiolais Memorial Scholarship.

Suir has been nominated for Who’s Who and had the highest GPA in the Computer Science Department in 2007. He is a founding member of the UL Skeet Shooting Club and is a member of several organizations like the Association of Computing Machinery, IEEE, IEEE-CS, and the UL Honors Program.

He has volunteered with the Louisiana Computer Programming Classic, UL Athletics, Up Til Dawn, St. Genevieve Church Parish Pastoral Council, St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church and at the Cajundome following Hurricane Katrina.

Suir has worked on a number of internships, including one at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center, and another which resulted in the creation and management of the UL Political Science website. He has also aided Team CajunBot with several projects.

Currently, he is co-authoring a paper with two fellow students and Dr. Ashok Kumar in the Computer Science Department. The paper, “Design of a Controller for a Drag Race Detection System,” focuses on embedding sensors in long stretches of roadway to detect drag racing and alert police of illegal activity.

Following graduation, Suir plans to attend Graduate School for a master’s in Computer Science. He eventually wants to earn a Ph.D. He plans to continue working at the National Wetlands Research Center.

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