Dr. Robert A. “Bobby” Savoie currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Geocent, LLC, an information technology and engineering services company headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana. Geocent was formed in 2008 and is now working with government and commercial clients throughout the U.S. in the fields of Information Technology, Engineering Services, and Defense and Aerospace Manufacturing Support. Since its formation in 2008, Geocent has grown more than 300%, added over 200 IT and engineering professionals and now has offices in five states.
In August 2004, after a 28 year career as an Engineer and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Savoie left Science & Engineering Associates (SEA), where he had served as CEO since 1999, in order to return to school to pursue his Ph.D. in Engineering and devote more time to civic and humanitarian activities. Dr. Savoie previously founded Integrated Resources Group (IRG) in 1986 and served as CEO until IRG merged with SEA in 1997. Dr. Savoie became President and then CEO of SEA and guided the company through an extraordinary growth period during which the company transitioned from a small consulting firm to a $124 Million per year technology corporation with four subsidiaries and 14 offices in 10 states nationwide. Under Dr. Savoie’s leadership, SEA’s revenue grew 700% in five years. After its merger with ITS to form Apogen, SEA continued to grow and ultimately became part of QinetiQ North America.
While serving as a CEO of successively larger companies, Dr. Savoie continued his work as an engineer and consultant, primarily in nuclear power and defense. Most recently this has expanded to include NASA’s next generation Space Launch System, large government information systems and numerous economic development activities. While CEO of SEA, Dr. Savoie served as the General Manager of a 25 company Management and Integration contractor team for the Space and Naval Warfare Information Technology Center in New Orleans, which grew to encompass 1300 people and 1000 IT professionals. Dr. Savoie has served as a principal consultant to the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy on several programs of national significance including radioisotope production and international nuclear safety. For over ten years Dr. Savoie assisted the Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management at the Yucca Mountain Project, the nation’s high level nuclear waste repository. He served in a consulting capacity at the DOE Hanford Facility, the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Savoie has facilitated the resolution of issues ranging from the reengineering of military information systems and NASA space systems to medical isotope production, nuclear regulation, nonproliferation and non-lethal lasers.
Dr. Savoie received his Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Sciences with a specialization in Engineering Management in May of 2009 from the University of New Orleans, an MBA from Loyola University (’81) and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from LSU (’80). In 2012, based primarily on his dissertation, Dr. Savoie and Ms. Dinah Payne, Esq. published a book titled “The 21st Century Technology-based Regional Economy: A Roadmap for Success (UNO Press, 2012).