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Centers & Institutes

Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning (PCCD)

The Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning is a research center comprised of a multidisciplinary group of evaluation and research professionals who focus on early childhood, K-12 education, school-based health, poverty's effects on families, and lifelong learning.

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The Center for Advanced Computer Studies (CACS)

The mission of CACS at University of Louisiana at Lafayette is to provide quality, cutting-edge educational experiences to computing majors at the Master's and Ph.D. levels. The Center aims to provide students with strong conceptual foundations (theoretical and experimental), and also expose them to the forefront of the developments in the field of computing. Recognizing the applicability of computing to all fields of knowledge and practice, the Center will provide a variety of degrees and programs at each of the degree levels, and will cooperate with other units of the University to provide interdisciplinary degree programs. The Center's mission includes industrial outreach and other methods of sharing its expertise with the University, the Region, and the State, as is appropriate for a unit in a State University.

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Center for Business and Information Technologies (CBIT)

The Center for Business and Information Technologies supports the development of knowledge economies in Louisiana and throughout the US through applied research, advanced technology development, and knowledge transfer to the marketplace. In cooperation with private sector, academic, and government partners, the Center conducts basic and advanced research aimed at establishing scientific foundations and frameworks for next-generation information technologies.

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Center for Ecology and Environmental Technology (CEET)

The Center for Ecology and Environmental Technology supports multidisciplinary research, education, and community outreach to study and protect our natural environment.

Visit the Ecology Center website.

Center for Visual & Decision Informatics (CVDI)

The Center for Visual and Decision Informatics mission is to research and develop next generation visual and decision support tools and techniques to enable decision makers in government and industry to fundamentally improve the way their organization's information is interpreted and analyzed.

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Energy Institute

The Energy Institute provides expert solutions to the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico and other regions. Our primary concern is the application of geological, geophysical, well drilling and completion, and production data to optimize oil and gas field development. We provide research, education and collaborative opportunities with partner organizations and individuals.

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Institute for Coastal and Water Research (ICaWR)

The Institute for Coastal and Water Research (ICaWR) fosters research on the restoration of coastal ecosystems (wetlands and estuaries) in the United States. To reach our goal, we unite a wide variety of researchers from many different fields of scientific research. ICaWR challenges students, professionals, and faculty of diverse backgrounds to solve the problems associated with costal restoration. We help them acquire the skills, knowledge, and understanding to restore and preserve our coastal regions for future generations.

Visit the Institute for Coastal and Water Research website.

Louisiana Accelerator Center (LAC)

The Louisiana Accelerator Center (LAC) at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is recognized as a Research Center by the Louisiana Board of Regents with active research programs emphasizing biomaterials analysis, microfabrication and high energy focused ion beam system development.

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Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE)

LITE catalyzes economic development through innovation involving leading edge immersive and other digital media technologies by fostering partnerships that strengthen Louisiana's economy.

Visit the LITE website.

UL Lafayette/NASA Regional Application Center (RAC)

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the site of one of four original NASA Regional Application Centers (RAC). The establishment of these centers is part of NASA's efforts to transfer its newly developed technologies to the private sector, to foster the growth of the commercial use of spatial data products, and to achieve wide dissemination of information. The RAC concept is to aggregate technologies developed by NASA for its own programs and to develop and test low-cost, efficient computer systems that will allow these technologies to be transferred to external users, including the private sector.

The RAC website is offline at this time (May 2016).

Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON)

The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) was formed in 1979 to increase society's awareness of the environmental, economic and cultural value of Louisiana's coastal and marine environments by conducting research and education programs directly relevant to Louisiana's needs in marine science and coastal resources and serving as a facility for all Louisiana schools with interest in marine research and education.

Visit the LUMCON website.

Microscopy Center

The Microscopy Center is a research facility available to faculty, graduate students, and outside industry. Centrally located in Billeaud Hall, the multidisciplinary laboratory consists of a twelve room suite containing a full complement of equipment. The Center offers a variety of instruments useful for imaging, structural analysis, and elemental determinations.

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NOAA Estuarine Habitats and Coastal Fisheries Center

The NOAA Estuarine Habitats and Coastal Fisheries Center at Lafayette, Louisiana is a state-of-the-art science facility. The facility is designed to include ecology, chemistry, genetics and necropsy laboratories, and a seawater laboratory for live animal culture. It is adjacent to the USGS National Wetlands Research Center and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, providing nearby support in cooperative research.

Visit the Estuarine Habitats and Coastal Fisheries Center website.

National Incident Management System and Advanced Technologies (NIMSAT) Institute

The mission of the National Incident Management System and Advanced Technologies Institute is to enhance national resiliency to a full range of potential disasters by conducting research leading to innovative tools and applications that empower the homeland security and emergency management community through education, training, outreach and operational support. The Institute seeks to improve the emergency preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation activities for communities, supply chains and critical infrastructures that support our economy and our way of life.

Visit the NIMSAT website.

National Wetlands Research Center

The National Wetlands Research Center provides science with impact to ensure that its research is relevant and useful for resource managers, policy makers, and the public. To accomplish this, the Center seeks scientific discovery and knowledge, communicates timely science information, and engages in robust alliances with government, non-government, and university partners.

Visit the National Wetlands Research Center website.