Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (CAMD) is the only state-funded synchrotron facility in the U.S. LSU operates CAMD to benefit researchers in Louisiana in the areas of basic and applied sciences, and in developing technologies associated with nanostructures and devices. By providing X-rays and equipment, as well as a principal part of the technological expertise, CAMD forms a nucleus for the development of strong programs in nanofabrication, materials science and other targeted areas of scientific and technological exploration. This nucleus attracts scientists and engineers from Louisiana, across the U.S. and nations around the world. These individuals, along with the CAMD staff, provide the base of expertise necessary for technological development. Learn more.

The mission of the Center for Collaborative Knowledge (CCK) is to support LSU’s central function as a place where ideas, expertise, and wisdom arise through conversations across colleges and between generations. As an incubator of innovative and engaged scholarship, the CCK fosters the development of undergraduate and graduate courses, workshops, reading groups, conferences, exhibitions, and other creative activities that span disciplinary divides and promote deeper thinking. The intended outcome of these pursuits is to inspire students and teachers to become leaders in the cultivation of knowledge and the implementation of solutions to complex problems. Learn more. 

The Center for Computation & Technology (CCT) at LSU is an innovative and interdisciplinary research environment, advancing computational sciences, technologies, and the disciplines they touch. The Center serves Louisiana through international collaboration, leading progress through revolutionary advancement in academia and industry. Learn more.

The Center for Energy Studies (CES) is mandated to provide energy information and analysis that responds to the needs of the legislature, public agencies, and business and civic groups. The Center maintains some unique energy data bases and is the official repository of energy information from the state and The Energy Council. Staff respond regularly to requests from a wide variety of individuals and institutions for specialized energy data and information. Learn more.

The Center for Coastal Resiliency and the Coastal Sustainability Studio have merged to form the Coastal Ecosystem Design Studio.

The Center for Coastal Resiliency (CCR) is focused on the advancement and application of computational hydrodynamic and hydrologic models to include overland flow, river discharge, tides, wind-waves, and hurricane storm surge. Learn more

At the Coastal Sustainability Studio (CSS), scientists, engineers, and designers come together to intensively study and respond to issues of settlement, coastal restoration, flood protection, and the economy. CSS was conceived as a laboratory to develop new strategies that reduce risk to social, economic, and natural resources. The results of this design experimentation provide a sound basis for major policy decisions for adaptation through more sustainable land-use planning, protection, and education. Learn more.

The mission of the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) is to facilitate the development and integration of knowledge in coastal science and engineering for sustainable deltaic coastlines; to inform policies promoting environmental and economic sustainability of the Mississippi River Delta, and of deltaic coasts around the world; and to enhance LSU research and education efforts in coastal regions and shelf seas around the world. Learn more.

The natural resources of the state of Louisiana are a very important economic source of revenue, and it is important that the citizens of Louisiana understand and have knowledge of these valuable assets to better manage them. A basic knowledge of the state’s earth-system processes and its biotic natural systems, and of their interconnectedness, is essential to effective stewardship and sustainable development of these resources in a healthy  environment. Learn more.

Louisiana Sea Grant (LSG), based at Louisiana State University, is part of the National Sea Grant Program, a network made up of 34 programs located in each of the coastal and Great Lakes states and Puerto Rico. Sea Grant Programs work individually and in partnership to address major marine and coastal challenges. LSU was designated the nation’s thirteenth Sea Grant College in 1978. Louisiana Sea Grant had its Program Review in September 2019, conducted by the National Sea Grant Office/NOAA, and LSG was rated as “highest performance: exceeds expectations by an exceptional margin in most areas/aspects.” Learn more.

The Louisiana Space Grant Consortium (LaSPACE) is a statewide consortium of academic institutions and other organizations that was established in 1991 under the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, a national network managed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) that includes all 50 states along with the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. LaSPACE is a consortium of institutions of higher education, state education boards, and non-profit organizations that coordinate statewide programs to strengthen aerospace research, education, and public outreach throughout the State of Louisiana. Learn more.

The LSU Cyber Center supports research and talent development in cybersecurity, one of the university’s highest priorities in its mission to protect the state and nation. Our faculty and students work at the intersection of cyber and defense, including energy and critical infrastructure, and collaborate closely with industry, law enforcement, intelligence, and local and state partners. The Center upholds LSU’s designation as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations by the National Security Agency, one of the largest National Science Foundation CyberCorps programs in the nation, and the first NSA-funded Cybersecurity Clinic for small businesses in Louisiana. LSU cyber students receive deep technical training in reverse engineering, malware analysis, software exploitation, memory and digital forensics, AI techniques in cyber, and AR/VR and hardware while working with faculty to solve cyber challenges in collaborative teams in top research labs. Learn more.

LSU is working with global energy leaders and industry and communities in Louisiana to find new ways to fuel the nation—a core focus of the university’s Scholarship First Agenda. The LSU Institute for Energy Innovation, launched in June 2022 with a $25 million gift from Shell, will serve as a national model for energy-related collaboration at the intersection of science and engineering with cross-disciplinary work across LSU’s broad range of academic areas.

Through the institute, leaders in energy-related thought, talent development and industry are investing in the pursuit of a shared vision for the future of energy rooted in five work streams: talent, research and development, policy and economics, social and environmental justice and technology transfer and commercialization. Learn more.

LSU Innovation Park provides entrepreneurs and companies with the environment to grow your business. Our park amenities, experienced business consultants, resources at LSU, and throughout the state combine to provide advice, solutions, and access to capital and other resources all under one umbrella.

As the state’s flagship university, research is the cornerstone of LSU. Located just five miles south of the main campus, the LSU Innovation Park is the focal point for technological innovation and startup ventures in the Baton Rouge region as a dedicated complex for research commercialization. By helping researchers bring new technology to market, the LSU Innovation Park creates high quality companies and employment while benefitting both the Baton Rouge community and the state of Louisiana. Learn more.

The National Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NCAM), located at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, is home to the partnership between NASA, the State of Louisiana, Louisiana State University, the University of New Orleans (UNO) and the UNO Research and Technology Foundation. NCAM, originally formed in 1999, is a state-of-the-art research and production center focused on applying advanced manufacturing technologies to lightweight composite and metallic materials in support of the NASA space program and adjacent industries. NCAM also has a strong educational role, sponsoring a coalition of Louisiana research universities, workforce development programs and STEM outreach initiatives. Learn more.

The Shared Instrumentation Facility (SIF) is a university-wide unit managed by the LSU Office of Research & Economic Development (ORED) housed in the LSU Chemistry and Materials Building. SIF hosts state-of-the-art equipment for Light and Fluorescence Microscopy, Electron Beam Microscopy and Microanalysis, X-ray Spectroscopy, and sample preparation. The facility is staffed by an experienced group of dedicated and professional research specialists. SIF provides material characterization, image acquisition, and elemental analysis for resolving complex problems across many scientific and engineering disciplines including Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Life Sciences, Bioengineering, Agriculture, Food Sciences, Geology, and Environmental Sciences. Learn more.

The Security Programs Institute (SPI) has been established to coordinate efforts in security research and training. The institute is comprised of three organizations with 120 full-time personnel, 325 subject matter experts and more than 110 student workers and interns. Each organization specializes in a unique aspect of the national security and defense fields. Learn more.