His peers at Tennessee Technological University credit civil and environmental engineering associate professor L.K. Crouch with being "absolutely committed to his students, consistently supportive of his peers and meticulous in his research endeavors."
For those professional attributes, Crouch received the 1998 Brown-Henderson Award during Tennessee Tech's College of Engineering annual awards banquet in late February. The award, named in honor of Dean Emeritus James Seay Brown and in memory of James Henderson, the college's first dean, recognizes outstanding contributions in teaching and research or service.
"Since joining the Tennessee Tech faculty in 1990, L.K. Crouch has consistently increased the quality of education and research in his department," said Brown during the awards ceremony. "It was immediately apparent that he would be a tireless student advocate."
In the past three years, Crouch has guided his students through a number of international competitions, including the American Concrete Institute's Lightweight High-Strength Concrete Cube Competition. Their efforts resulted in first- and third-place wins in 1995, a second place in 1996 and another first place in 1997. Current and former students note his dedication -- his "untold hours" of encouragement and guidance.
"Dr. Crouch is concerned about his students understanding the material he teaches," said one former student, "and he has a talent for applying textbook material to real-world applications, which provides for a pleasant learning environment for students."
As well as being highly successful in attracting research funding from state and federal agencies, Crouch moves research to a practical level with workshops to distribute knowledge gained.
"He is also available to his colleagues," said Brown. "He has aided junior faculty in development of a research program and has helped with course development."
Crouch's current research includes construction materials, such as Portland cement and aggregates, as well as applications for those materials.