Business Briefs for June 23

LSU professors get research funds

LSU College of Engineering professors Shengmin Guo, Marwa Hassan, Michael Khonsari and Supratik Mukhopadhyay have been awarded research funding from the Innovation in Engineering Research Fund.

The fund was started with a Longwell Family Foundation commitment of $1 million to the research fund.

The fund supports early phase research and technology transfer by LSU College of Engineering faculty, with a preference given to proposals focused on energy and infrastructure.

Guo, a mechanical and industrial engineering associate professor, was selected for his research in the fabrication and large-scale production of silicon carbide nano-whiskers based porous structures, using low-cost rice husk ashes from local Louisiana supplies. Practical applications for the ceramic nano-whiskers include diesel engine particle filters and petrochemical catalyst supports. Guo received $26,937 for his research.

Hassan, a construction management assistant professor, will test hypotheses examining the recycling of waste bottles, food containers, broken glassware and light bulbs, among others, and its use in the manufacturing of roof shingles to alleviate heating and cooling loads in buildings. Hassan received $27,402 for her research.

Khonsari, a mechanical and industrial engineering professor and director of the LSU Center for Rotating Machinery, will test a concept that, if successful, enables one to estimate the remaining life of a mechanical component subjected to multi-axial fatigue in service. Khonsari received $24,800 for his research.

Mukhopadhyay, an electrical engineering and computer science assistant professor, will create a commercialized product that uses real-time video analytics and tracking for traffic management in urban areas. Mukhopadhyay received $25,399 for his research.

Natural resources symposium planned

The LSU AgCenter School of Renewable Natural Resources will hold its fourth Louisiana Natural Resources Symposium Aug. 1-2 at the Lod Cook Conference Center on the LSU Campus.

The theme will be impacts of human and natural disasters on forested and wetland ecosystems and wildlife, according to Todd Shupe, of the AgCenter’s Louisiana Forest products Development Center.

The symposium will feature presentations from international experts covering contemporary issues related to controlled burns and wildfires, hurricanes and forest management impacts on wildlife populations and species diversity.

More information is available online at

BR bar association schedules Law Expo

The Baton Rouge Bar Association will hold its 28th annual Law Expo tradeshow Oct. 3, at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge.

The expo includes three continuing legal education seminars for attorneys, a tradeshow, closing reception and luncheon featuring a keynote speaker. The theme will be laissez les bon temps roulette.

The Law Expo provides local business owners the opportunity to showcase their products/services, to network and meet one-on-one with legal professionals and to gain exposure in the Baton Rouge market.

The expo will have 35 exhibitor booths and various levels of sponsorship available.

For sponsorship or booth information, contact BRBA communications coordinator Pamela Labbe at (215) 214-5560.

Hispanic nurses conference scheduled

Registration has started for the National Association of Hispanic Nurses’ 38th Annual Conference being held Aug. 6-9 at the Astor Crowne Plaza–French Quarter in New Orleans.

The theme for the conference is “Creating the Vision, Shaping the Future.”

The program will take an in-depth look at the modern health care environment, inviting nursing professionals to “create the vision” by exploring current trends and technologies, strategy initiatives for the future and implications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s impact on the Hispanic health community to shape the future of the profession.

More information and registration are online at

Terrebonne official going to China

The Terrebonne Parish Economic Development Authority is sending a professional developer to Weihai City, China, in early July for a three-month networking mission.

Kristen Legendre, Terrebonne-Weihai director of business development, will set up a base of operations in the General Foreign Affairs Office of Weihai City — Terrebonne Parish’s sister city in China — and establish relationships with business interests in the area.

“Given the geographic and industrial similarities, our sister city provides endless opportunities to launch mutually beneficial economic relationships in order to enhance Terrebonne Parish’s already booming economy,” Legendre said.

With a population of almost 1.4 billion, China is Louisiana’s biggest market. Energy, agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing and other leading industries in Louisiana have enormous potential benefit to foreign direct investment, Legendre said.

Terrebonne Parish served as host for Helen Yu, deputy director of the General Foreign Affairs Office, earlier this year with a mission similar to Legendre’s to seek out mutually beneficial economic development opportunities.

Recreation workshop set for landowners

A workshop for landowners interested in starting an outdoor recreational business on their property will be held July 23 at the Wildwood Resort in Sabine Parish.

Topics for a 9 a.m. session include revenue potential; a Wildwood Resort testimonial; liability and legal considerations; marketing; and cost-share assistance programs.

A 12:45 p.m. tour of Wildwood Resort will include presentations on fee-based hunting and fishing, nature trails, and wildlife and bird watching.

Registration is $25 per person or $30 a couple. Payment can be made to the LSU AgCenter and mailed along with a phone number and email address to LSU AgCenter, Hill Farm Research Station, 11959 La. Highway 9, Homer, La., 71040.

The Wildwood Resort is located at 129 Wildwood Road in Zwolle.

For more information, contact Dora Ann Hatch at (318) 245-6791.