E.J. Ourso College of Business Dean Richard White wants students to know why a bottle of water costs more than a bottle of gasoline. White began writing a new strategic plan for the college when he became dean last April. One of the plan’s top priorities is an “energized business” initiative.
Four of the top executives in the energy industry will be part of a panel discussion, Wednesday, March 11, at the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business Education Complex.
Since the turn of the century, Louisiana has led the way for the energy industry. Now, LSU has created Power Players, which combines the research on clean energy, energy law, energy processes, and alternative energy to create a team with a common goal of taking the energy industry to the next level.
Catalysts play a pivotal role in our society’s petro-chemical industry. However in many cases, understanding how and why a specific catalyst works at the atomic level remains elusive. An area of LSU physics professors Richard L. Kurtz and Phillip T. Sprunger’s research involves “bottom-up,” or atom-by-atom synthesis of small, nanoscale catalysts and then experimentally probing… Read More
One of LSU physics professor David P. Young’s research areas focuses on thermoelectric materials for power generation and cooling applications. There are many sources of waste heat in our environment, from power plants to automobiles. High efficiency thermoelectric materials can convert this waste heat into usable electrical energy. Thermoelectrics can also function as a refrigerator. … Read More
Under the guidance of Krishnaswamy “Kumar” Nandakumar, the Enabling Process Innovation through Computation (EPIC) consortium connects faculty research and engineering graduate training with the chemical and energy industries to address challenges in the design of next-generation process plants to be environmentally sustainable and energy efficient and to meet the workforce development needs of the Louisiana… Read More
The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, or GoMRI, recently announced its second round of BP-funded consortium research grants to study the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In this round, GoMRI has granted $140 million to 12 collaborative research projects, which support several LSU researchers’ work. One of the projects LSU sociologists are leading is the… Read More
At the LSU AgCenter Sugarcane Research Center, John Russin, vice chancellor of the LSU AgCenter oversees researchers developing new processes in biofuels from Energy Cane (high-fiber sugarcane) and sweet sorghum, using existing Louisiana sugarcane factory infrastructure. Currently, these factories operate only three months out of the year, so biofuel could keep them open longer by… Read More
Shell recently awarded the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program at Louisiana State University a $50,000 grant that will fund up to four student assistantships. “Sea Grant is pleased that Shell decided to support our continued efforts for education and workforce development by supporting these student assistantships,” said Robert Twilley, Louisiana Sea Grant (LSG) Executive Director…. Read More
Survey suggests term “fracking” causes more negative view of process The natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is currently a contentious issue across the country. LSU’s Public Policy Research Lab, or PPRL, supported by the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at the Manship School of Mass Communication, hypothesized… Read More