LSU plans tech center

LSU will establish a technology and research center designed to attract $30 million in federal and commercial projects by July 2017, officials announced Monday.

The LSU Transformational Technology and Cyber Research Center initially will be funded with $3 million in state money and $1.5 million from LSU, Gov. Bobby Jindal and LSU President F. King Alexander said.

Creation of the center and appointment of its first director — Jeff Moulton, director of program development for the Georgia Tech Research Institute — is subject to approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors, the governor and Alexander added.

GTRI attracts more than $300 million annually in research and development contracts.

“The Transformational Technology and Cyber Research Center will help LSU attract tens of millions in new research funds while also resulting in new knowledge-based jobs in our state,” Jindal said. “This represents another great opportunity to utilize higher education partnerships to create more jobs and prepare students for Louisiana’s expanding workforce.”

“We live in a world of unprecedented challenges,” Moulton said. “Nascent threats require innovative solutions.

“LSU had the vision to commission the TTCRC, and we’ll leverage this capability to bring Louisiana’s intellectual might to the fight. I’m excited to be a part of it.”

LSU officials said the new center will collaborate with both the university’s Stephenson Disaster Management Institute and the school’s Office of Research and Economic Development.