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Research Centers & Laboratories

UL Lafayette researchers are continuously breaking barriers, uncovering discoveries, and making a difference.

These institutes, centers and labs are where that work happens.

The office of the Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development is responsible for overseeing University functions related to sponsored research, and other associated activities.

University Research Centers & Labs

Economic & Community Development

Research Centers by College

Energy Institute of Louisiana

Institute for Materials Research and Innovation

  • Center for Analysis of Spatial and Temporal System
  • Center for Telecommunications Studies
  • Center for Corrosion Research
  • Industrial Assessment Center
  • Center for Louisiana Inland Water Studies


Research Leadership

Dr. Ramesh Kolluru
  • Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development

Kumar Das
  • Assistant Vice President for Research and Innovation

Terrance Chambers
  • Director of the Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy Center
  • Point of Contact for the Photovoltaic Applied Research and Testing (PART) Lab

Henry Chu
  • Executive Director of the Informatics Research Institute
  • Professor

Boyun Guo
  • Director of the Center for Optimization of Petroleum Systems

Emad Habib
  • Interim Director of the Institute for Coastal and Water Research
  • Director of the Louisiana Watershed Flood Center
  • Professor

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  • Director of the Chemicals and Fuels Development Center
  • Department Head
  • Professor

Arun Lakhotia
  • Director of the Center for Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity
  • Professor

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  • Director of the Southern Unconventional Resources Center of Excellence
  • Professor

Vijay Raghavan
  • Director of the Center for Visual and Decision Informatics
  • Professor

Kary Ritter
  • Director of the Cleco Alternative Energy Center

Geoffrey Stewart
  • Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Economic Development
  • Associate Professor

Mark Zappi
  • Executive Director of the Energy Institute of Louisiana
  • Director of the Center for Environmental Protection
  • Director for the Louisiana C1 Extension Service