April 1, 2014

First teaching and research complex of its kind at LSU, specifically designed to address energy challenges.

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s College of Engineering has announced a $1 million gift commitment from Entergy Louisiana to provide a research laboratory and classroom complex in the renovation and expansion of the College of Engineering's facilities. The gift will help transform education by promoting innovative research and teaching for application of how energy resources impact the energy supply on a national scale.

“Louisiana is a key area in the energy industry,” said Rick Koubek, dean and Bert S. Turner, chair in the College of Engineering. “This new lab and classroom complex, the first of its kind for Louisiana, will prepare graduates to address the energy challenges of the future.”

With the number of trained power engineers declining, the increasing importance of energy sources, efficient transmission, intelligent distribution and protection and other “smart grid” issues, the college will produce qualified, critically thinking graduates to meet the growing needs of an increasingly complex energy industry. Leveraging Entergy’s prior contribution of $300,000 for equipment, the new laboratory will provide hands-on experiences for students who want to pursue a career in this exciting industry.

“Louisiana is experiencing an industrial renaissance that is spurring jobs and economic growth throughout the region” said Phillip May, president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. “With this growth comes a need for a diverse workforce possessing a high degree of technical and engineering skills. Our contribution represents the continuation of an ongoing partnership with LSU to deliver a highly capable workforce that not only will seize upon the present opportunity, but also will help sustain the promise of economic prosperity well into the future.

Entergy’s contribution will receive the one-to-one state match provided by the state of Louisiana under the agreement between the state and LSU to expand its engineering facilities.

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Mimi LaValle
LSU College of Engineering
225-578-5706
225-439-5633
mlavall@lsu.edu



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