Dr. Troy P. LeBlanc ’86
The Alumni Association of Edward Douglas White Catholic High School has announced Dr. Troy P. LeBlanc ’86 as the recipient of the 2017-2018 Alumnus of the Year Award.
The Alumnus of the Year Award is given to a graduate of Thibodaux College, Mount Carmel Academy, Thibodaux Central Catholic, or E. D. White Catholic who exemplifies the charism of the Sisters of Mount Carmel and the Brothers of the Sacred Heart in his or her life and who has achieved success in the global community.
LeBlanc was born and raised in Thibodaux, LA. He has worked for NASA at the Johnson Space Center for 25 years. He is currently the Chief of the Mission Systems Division in the Flight Operations Directorate. The Flight Operations Directorate is the premier human space flight organization both on and off the planet being the home organization for the astronauts, pilots, flight controllers and engineers of Mission Control. The Mission Systems Division is responsible for the Mission Control Center Systems and the Training Systems and interfaces to all of the international partners and other NASA Centers. The Mission Systems Division formulates and implements new projects and then maintains and operates the resulting mission systems through all phases of a project’s life cycle.
LeBlanc graduated from E. D. White Catholic High School in 1986 and subsequently began flight training at Nicholls State University earning a Commercial Pilot License with Instrument and Multi-engine ratings over a two year period. He then earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering physics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1992 and Master of Science and Doctorate degrees in computer science from the University of Houston in 1999 and 2009.
He and his wife Michelle have three children: Daniel, Eric and Adeline.
LeBlanc was honored at the Alumni Mass on Friday, February 2, and at the Alumnus of the Year luncheon at Envie Restaurant in Thibodaux.