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Research for a Reason

We're committed to research for a reason.

UL Lafayette specializes in applied research that solves real-world problems. That’s why it recently partnered with Drexel University to establish a center that can help companies gain an edge in the global marketplace by learning to interpret and analyze huge amounts of complex data. It’s also why some of our faculty members are studying the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. What they learn may help mitigate the impact of future spills. In short, we make research relevant. With our wealth of expertise and top-notch resources, we offer everything it takes to awaken the change agent in anyone.

The University’s National Incident Management Systems and Advanced Technologies Institute (NIMSAT) conducts research to develop tools and applications that empower homeland security and emergency management officials. The center enhances the nation’s ability to respond to natural disasters and emergency situations.

Since 2003, the University’s Center for Business and Information Technologies (CBIT) promotes economic development in the region through research and technology transfer.

We’re hands-on. Both undergraduate and graduate students have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the world’s body of knowledge.

Sustainability, health care, new economies, new technologies, new processes, new products, new ideas—those are today’s challenges. We’re taking on these challenges and building research partnerships among university students, faculty, government research labs, and the private sector to effectively change the world for the better.

With our wealth of expertise and top-notch resources, we offer everything it takes to awaken the change agent in anyone.

Current research underway at the University includes:

  • Biological research and development related to protecting, restoring, and managing natural resources, with an emphasis on fish, wildlife, and wetlands in the South
  • Performance computer modeling powered by the fastest most comprehensive supercomputing and 3D immersive visualization systems and massive data storage capabilities available today
  • Applied research to support the development of knowledge economies in Louisiana and throughout the US and bring innovations to the marketplace to foster health care and economic development
  • Child development including psycho-social and biological risk factors for developmental disabilities and secondary conditions
  • Developing tools to transform "data” into healthcare solutions, specifically addressing childhood obesity