College of Engineering Award Recipients
LAWRENCE V. JACQUES, ENG '75
“Consulting and design engineering provide a great opportunity to stay engaged in technical problem-solving while working with and mentoring very talented groups of new-generation engineers,” says Larry. “It’s also gratifying to be involved in projects where you can see the great value that they bring to our customers.”
Spoken like a true man for others.
And as executive vice president and co-owner of Sargent & Lundy, Larry has an abundance of opportunities to serve others by mentoring and providing great value. Sargent & Lundy provides comprehensive consulting, engineering, design, and analysis for electric power generation and power delivery projects worldwide.
Beginning with the firm in 1975 immediately after graduating from Marquette, Larry used what he learned at his alma mater to earn and characterize his current position of influence.
“A fundamental grounding in theology and ethics sets the Marquette engineering education apart,” he explains. “The technical problems we deal with are not devoid of cultural and social implications. I often go back to the ‘wheel of ethics process’ when dealing with decisions involving people.”Outside Sargent & Lundy, Larry volunteers with the United Way Crusade of Mercy Tocqueville Society, is a guarantor donor to the Ravinia Festival, served on his local school board and was a volunteer youth football coach for more than 10 years. For Marquette, Larry has served on the Chicago CIRCLES Host Committee since 2009; was on the College of Engineering National Advisory Council from 2005–11 and his class reunion committee; and has contributed to the college’s Engineering Alumni Association Scholarship Fund by leading several silent auction sponsorships at Sargent & Lundy.
Get to Know: Lawrence V. Jacques
Hometown: Green Bay, Wis.
Favorite book: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Someone past or present he’d like to have dinner with:
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Favorite Marquette memory: The migration from campus to the arena for basketball games.
In grade school Larry’s fifth grade teacher told him he’d either be an architect because he could draw straight lines and letters or an attorney because he liked to argue.