2007 Distinguished Alumni
Raymond Jacquot graduated from Casper College in 1958, and continued his education at the University of Wyoming, earning a B.S. and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. In 1969, he was awarded a Ph.D. from Purdue University in Mechanical Engineering. During his graduate studies, he taught mechanical engineering at both University of Wyoming and Purdue. His teaching career spanned 41 years, teaching 41 different courses. Proving that a true engineer can do anything he puts his mind to, he began teaching electrical engineering at University of Wyoming, serving in all faculty ranks from instructor to professor, finally retiring in 2001 as Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering.
Jacquot has published three major textbooks, chapters in five other books, and countless journal articles. He was selected as the President’s Outstanding Engineer for 2007 by the Wyoming Engineering Society. He is the recipient of the John P. Ellbogen Meritorious Classroom Teaching Award, as well as the Sigma Tau Outstanding Teaching Award for three separate years. The American Society for Engineering Education Rocky Mountain Section honored him with their 2000 Teaching Award. He was given an NSF CAUSE grant, which enabled the College of Engineering to develop two hands-on laboratories to complement classroom teaching. He is a member of numerous professional organizations.
In addition to his academic accomplishments, Raymond Jacquot is a renowned mountain climber. On July 29, 1961, Jacquot, along with partner Herb Swedlund, made the first ascent of the Black Ice Couloir on the Grand Teton, the classic ice route in the United States, earlier attempted by Yvon Chouinard. He was among the first to climb other routes in the Tetons, Wind Rivers, Big Horns, Devils, Tower, Vedauwoo, and the Snowy Range.
Jacquot and his wife, Janice, continue to reside in Laramie. They have a son, Byron, who is a software engineer.