LSU’s Office of Research & Economic Development recently hosted the Vice Presidents of Research from the Southeastern Conference schools for their biannual meeting. The group meets twice a year to discuss common challenges faced by their research programs, best practices in research administration and technology commercialization, and potential collaborative opportunities for their faculty across the region.
The group was welcomed by both Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Stuart Bell and Vice Chancellor of Research & Economic Development Kalliat T. Valsaraj.
“This served as an outstanding opportunity for SEC schools to sit down and develop a strategy toward more firmly establishing research-oriented identities for ourselves, both individually and as a region,” said Valsaraj. “They were impressed with the resources and facilities at LSU, and we enjoyed learning more about operations on their respective campuses.”
Nicole Honoree, director of research & economic development initiatives for the LSU System delivered a presentation on “Strategies and Opportunities for University-Industry Research Collaborations.” Illustrating the cross-cutting nature of LSU’s high performance computing initiative, Joel Tohline, director of LSU’s Center for Computation and Technology, spoke with the group about how LSU’s core computing capacity provides support for a wide spectrum of computationally intensive research programs on campus. In addition, Charlie D’Agostino, executive director of the Louisiana Business Technology Center and the LSU Innovation Park, outlined LSU’s success in business incubation, in particular highlighting the extraordinary success of their Student Incubator.
In addition to these presentations, the group spent time discussing research compliance issues and upcoming SEC academic and research events.
“Many of the problems faced by our universities are common to each other and it is great to meet periodically to discuss how we tackle them,” said Valsaraj. “In addition, focal areas like energy, coast and environment are common topics where we can combine our research strengths and compete nationally.”
For more information about ORED’s strategic vision, visit www.research.lsu.edu.