Adam "Ted" Bourgoyne, Jr.
Hall of Distinction Class of 2005-2006
Ted Bourgoyne, a Baton Rouge native, was born to Adam Theodore Bourgoyne, Sr. and Marceline Navarre Bourgoyne who moved to Baton Rouge from "Down-the-Bayou" below Plaquemine during World War II. Although his parents only had the benefit of a few years of
formal education, they imparted in Bourgoyne the importance of a good education.
Bourgoyne's father, who worked for Standard Oil Company, now ExxonMobil, passed away when Bourgoyne was only 12 years old. Out of this loss, Bourgoyne learned that the petroleum industry was a lucrative field as Standard Oil’s survivor benefits supplemented his father’s salary. When he began high school at Redemptorist, in order to assist in the financial support of his family, Bourgoyne worked part-time and summers at Winn-Dixie Grocery. A few years later, he attended an LSU petroleum engineering seminar where he learned about the availability of good scholarships and summer jobs in the oil and gas industry. Nearing graduation, he enrolled at LSU and began his academic career in the Department of Petroleum Engineering.
When the Russians launched Sputnik, national concern over a shortage of Ph.D. engineering graduates led to a great opportunity for Bourgoyne. He applied for and received a National Science Foundation Doctoral Fellowship that provided up to three years of support in the graduate program of his choice. The fellowship also allowed him to work in the petroleum industry during the summer months; therefore, he spent a summer working in Chevron's Research Lab in LaHabra, California, and a summer working in Conoco's Research Lab in Ponca City, Oklahoma. After receiving a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering at the University of
Texas at Austin, Bourgoyne worked for Conoco, Incorporated in Houston, Texas, as a Senior Systems Engineer in the Production Engineering Services Group.
Then, in 1971, Bourgoyne joined LSU as an assistant professor, and for the next 29 years worked in the undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs for LSU's Petroleum Engineering Department and for the College of Engineering's administration. As an active participant in the areas of drilling and blowout prevention, Bourgoyne guided the development of a research and training well facility at LSU to support this work. Bourgoyne served as chairman of the Petroleum Engineering Department from 1977 to 1983 and as acting dean of Engineering from 1985 to 1987. At the time of his retirement in December
1999, he was the Bert S. Turner Professor of Petroleum Engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering.
Bourgoyne is a registered petroleum engineer and has authored numerous publications in the area of petroleum engineering. He is the lead author of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Drilling Engineering textbook, and is a past recipient of the SPE Distinguished Achievement Award for Petroleum Engineering Educators and the SPE Drilling Engineering Award. In 1990, he was chosen as a Distinguished Member of SPE, and in 1997-98, Bourgoyne was selected as a Distinguished Lecturer of SPE and gave lectures at nearly 30 locations in the U.S., Europe, and Middle East on the well control aspects of underbalanced drilling. In 1998, he served on the steering committee of the International Association of Drilling Contractors that coordinated the development of a manual on well control practices for deepwater drilling operations. Bourgoyne also has served on an ad-hoc committee of SPE to review the professional exam leading to professional registration of Petroleum Engineers, and on the International Board of Directors of SPE.
Since retiring from LSU, Bourgoyne has remained active as a professional petroleum engineer and is currently president of Bourgoyne Enterprises, Inc. He recently served as chairman of the Technical Advice Working Group to the international scientists planning the next phase of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, for scientific purposes. In 2001, he was recognized as a distinguished engineering graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and in 2002, the U.S. Section of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences awarded him with the Albert Einstein Gold Medal of Honor.
Bourgoyne and his wife Kathy Daspit Bourgoyne have six children and ten grandchildren. One of their favorite leisure activities is fishing Louisiana's bays and bayous with their grandchildren.