1996 – Susan Richard, a project manager with the consulting engineering firm of Domingue, Szabo & Associates (DSA), was selected to receive the LES (Louisiana Engineering Society) 1996 F. Hugh Coughlin Award of Merit for Young Engineers.

The Award of Merit is awarded to an engineer not over 35 years of age who has demonstrated to a high degree capabilities in his/her chosen field of engineering, thereby indicating potential for further advancement and leadership as a professional engineer.

Richard is the first woman to whom the Society granted the award. It will be presented at the Annual LES Awards Meeting in March.

Richard has been employed at DSA since 1992, working on various private development projects and on various municipal water, wastewater, and drainage projects. She is a USL alumnus and is a registered Professional Engineer in Civil and Environmental Engineering in Louisiana. She is a member of LES and the National Society of Professional Engineers, and has served the Lafayette Chapter as treasurer, first vice president, president, and as chairman of various standing committees. She is currently serving as state director of LES.