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Hermann H. Ortega Scholarship established

The Lamar University Foundation has announced the establishment of a new endowed scholarship for engineering majors. The Hermann H. Ortega Scholarship in Engineering will provide funding for full-time students seeking a bachelor’s or master’s degree in chemical engineering at Lamar University.

“Hermann is a role model for students who desire to progress professionally to the highest ranks of a company,” Jack Hopper, dean of the College of Engineering, said. “He is an individual who took a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and literally progressed from an entry level position with Air Products to the position of vice president of global operations.”

Born in Bogota, Colombia, Ortega came to Lamar University to pursue his degree in chemical engineering. He received his bachelor’s in 1967 and an M.B.A. in 1972.

With more than 40 years of experience in engineering, operations, and manufacturing, Ortega has held several management positions and has remained active in organizations at both national and state levels.

Ortega is currently serving as the sector vice president for Celerant Consulting where he is a part of energy management and works with refinery plant managers and CEOs of chemical companies across the nation.

He serves on the advisory board of the College of Engineering at Lamar. He and his wife, Bea, have two children and one granddaughter.

“Hermann and his wife are exceptionally generous people,” Hopper said. “He has been a long-time supporter of Lamar and we are deeply grateful for his continuous support.”

For more information about establishing an endowed scholarship, contact the Lamar University Foundation at (409) 880-2117.