Louisiana Tech University’s Office of Research and Partnerships is hosting Experience the Impact: Research and Partnerships Week December 5-8. This will be the university’s first event focused on sharing the breadth and depth of research and partnerships on campus.
“Our vision at the Office of Research and Partnerships was to invite industry and government partners, as well as other stakeholders, to experience first-hand the impact Louisiana Tech is making through innovative research,” said Dr. Sumeet Dua, executive associate vice president of research and partnerships. “Louisiana Tech’s research is making a difference locally and globally, and this event will allow our partners to join us on our journey to R1.”
The week of events highlights four main areas of Louisiana Tech research – health and human sciences, resilient infrastructure, materials and manufacturing, cybersecurity and national security – as well as innovative transdisciplinary research efforts. The week will also allow attendees to learn about emerging implications for new research projects.
“Key faculty members have been working to prepare for this special week,” Dua said. “Each day offers the guest the opportunity to tour state-of-the-art research facilities, meet our brilliant faculty and student researchers and discuss what a research partnership with Louisiana Tech could look like. Some of you will be pleasantly surprised by the breadth and depth of our research and partnership efforts.”
Throughout the week, partners and stakeholders will explore unique opportunities to work with Louisiana Tech through Board of Regents-recognized centers of excellence like the Trenchless Technology Center, new ventures like the opening of the Louisiana Tech Research Institute in Bossier City in 2023, and more.
In preparation for the event, the faculty and administration have the opportunity to take part in a workshop on research communication, which is offered by the university communication department. This workshop offers a new perspective for communicating effective research to all stakeholders.
“The language and messages we use to communicate our research should be accessible to all stakeholders, regardless of their prior knowledge of the topic,” said Kelly Cole, research communication specialist at Louisiana Tech. “Whether it’s an interview with a state official, a prominent donor, or a student interested in doing research, everyone should be able to experience the impact Louisiana Tech is making through research.”
“Louisiana Tech solves challenges through collaborative research every day, and our research and partnership week offers potential partners the opportunity to experience our campus and envision the possibilities of collaborating with our university,” said Dua. “We’re excited about the opportunities and creative discoveries this week will offer.”
To learn more about Research and Partnerships Week and research on the Louisiana Tech campus, visit research.LATech.edu.