Research and Academic Centers and Institutes
The Advanced Materials Research Institute (AMRI) is a multidisciplinary research institute that provides a unique opportunity
to develop novel research ideas that ultimately involve the government, private, and
academic sectors in the conception and development of research programs. The interactions
with corporate laboratories provide a synergistic pathway that promotes technology
transfer and private sector involvement in the operation of AMRI.
Founded in 1997, the Center Austria: Austrian Marshall Plan Center for European Studies administers the entire partnership agenda with the University
of Innsbruck. It directs the student and faculty exchanges, organizes regular lectures
on campus and annual scholarly conferences in the humanities, social sciences and
sciences, and publishes the academic journal Contemporary Austrain Studies. It also publishes two book series: "Studies in Austrian Politics and Culture" (Transaction
Publishers) and "TRANSATLANTICA" (StudienVerlag Innsbruck). Center Austria is one
of three Austrian Studies Centers in North America (located at the University of Minnesota
and the University of Alberta in Canada). The Center has received recognition as a
major center for Austrian Studies by the Austrian government and receives regular
support from the Ministries for European and International Affairs and the Science
Ministry for its conferences and publications and with the funding of an annual dissertation
fellowship for an Austrian student to come to UNO. Its work in trans-Atlantic academic
exchanges has also been recognized by the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation in Vienna
with the funding of the Marshall Plan Chair in Austrian and European Studies to foster
European Studies and international on the UNO campus. Center Austria promotes the
study of Austria and Europe in Louisiana and the Gulf South.
The Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology (CHART), an applied social science hazards research center at The University of New
Orleans, collaborates with Louisiana communities emphasizing coastal communities
including the City of New Orleans. The focus of UNO-CHART is to support Louisiana
community sustainability in light of natural, technological, and environmental risks
to which the state is vulnerable. The Center undertakes applied social science research
to understand ways in which Louisiana communities and the coastal region respond to
these risks, assists in the development of best practices for reducing risks, and
helps in implementing these practices to achieve comprehensive community sustainability.
The second focus of UNO-CHART is the reverse dynamic-the impacts of community activity--social
/ political /economic-on the ecosystems within the coastal and southeast regions of
the state. CHART, founded in 2001, is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of
faculty, staff, and graduate research assistants representing various backgrounds,
including sociology, political science, public administration, planning, urban studies,
engineering and geography. Currently, CHART has projects that address repeated flood
loss, disaster mitigation planning, developing of community resiliency assessments,
storm mitigation efforts by coastal communities, scientist/community collaboration
on ecosystem health and hurricane evacuation of vulnerable populations.
The Division of Business & Economic Research (DBER) provides customized research services to organizations to facilitate strategic planning/problem
solving efforts. The DBER publishes numerous periodicals containing statistical information,
economic analysis and forecasts, and applied research topics.
The Eisenhower Center for American Studies supports the Department of History graduate program in diplomatic-military history
with an emphasis on public history employment after graduation. This support comes
in the form of special speakers and events designed to increase interest in military
history and contemporary national security affairs. The Eisenhower Center is the
university's principal agent for joint programs with the National World War II Museum,
founded by the late Stephen E. Ambrose, a UNO history professor and author of international
The Energy Conversion and Conservation Center (ECCC) was established in 1996 by legislative act of the State of Louisiana. The
ECCC conducts research on local, national and international projects that aim to improve
the quality of life by solving technical problems associated with power generation,
energy conservation and efficiency.
The Ethel and Herman Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies promotes understanding of New Orleans history, culture, politics, and public policy
issues. It sponsors events and coordinates interdisciplinary courses and seminars
at the University of New Orleans, facilitates the writing of new general histories
of New Orleans and Louisiana, hosts conferences that enable scholars to share their
research findings about New Orleans, serves as an institutional home for international
scholars, and as a repository for research materials about the culture and folklore
of the City. Since its inception, The Midlo Center has sponsored a series of high-profile
outreach projects that have helped to circulate this information back into the community
that it serves while successfully applying for a range of research grants to expand
knowledge on the city and people of New Orleans.
The Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance (GNOCIA) is dedicated to research and instruction in the broad area of Information Assurance
(IA). The GNOCIA has several interrelated missions, including facilitating interaction
between government, industry, and academia to perform cutting edge research in IA,
attracting federal funding to support these research efforts, attracting and retaining
highly-qualified students, staff, and faculty, and workforce development through creation
of specialized training opportunities. The Center also develops outreach programs
to increase awareness of opportunities in IA in a number of communities, from high
school students to entrepreneurs. Finally, the GNOCIA will provide a development environment
where, in collaboration with industry and government agencies, research ideas in IA
are grown into real-world security tools to be used in daily practice. The primary
research agenda of the GNOCIA includes development of state-of-the-art, high-performance
tools for digital forensics investigation, reverse engineering, techniques for analysis
and mitigation of malware, secure programming, and research in spatio-temporal information
systems for homeland security. The GNOCIA laboratories include state-of-the-art computer
equipment running a wide variety of open source and commercial software for digital
investigation, reverse engineering, and the analysis of malicious software, in addition
to specialized equipment such hard drive analyzers and clean room facilities.
The Hospitality Research Center at the University of New Orleans is a collaborative effort of the School of Hotel,
Restaurant and Tourism Administration (HRT) and the Division of Business and Economic
Research (DBER). Each faculty member of the School of HRT has broad experience in
the tourism and hospitality industry and has extensive academic preparation. Working
together, in cooperation with the professionals in the Division of Business and Economic
Research, the UNO HRT/ DBER research program is consistently recognized for research
productivity in the hospitality field. The function of the Hospitality Research Center
is to provide a variety of research services to hospitality, travel and tourism organizations.
Selected recent projects include Louisiana Tourism Conversion Study, Special Events
Impact on the Economy, Tourism Industry Salary Surveys and Visitor Profiles.
The Institute of Economic Development & Real Estate Research is a public service division of the College of Business Administration that combines
the resources of the Center for Economic Development and the Real Estate Research
The Maritime and Environmental Resources and Information Center is located in the College of Engineering and addresses concerns pertaining to the
planning and implementation of environmental and health related methodologies.
The Merritt C. Becker, Jr. University of New Orleans Transportation Institute (UNOTI), housed under the Department of Planning and Urban Studies, focuses on the role of
transportation in creating a sustainable, livable and resilient future. Faculty and
staff associated with the Institute are recognized for their expertise in Transportation
Policy for Sustainability, Livability, Resiliency and Disaster Recovery; Maritime
and Port Planning; Evacuation Planning for Carless and Vulnerable Populations; Transit
and Streetcars; Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning and Safety, and Transit Oriented Development.
UNOTI combines applied research, outreach, and education to affect positively the transportation field from the local to the international
spheres. The work done at the Institute continues to be integral in the post-Katrina
recovery of New Orleans, and vital to the overall sustainability and economic competitiveness
of the nation.
Formed in July 2008, the New Orleans Jazz Institute (NOJI) links UNO’s strengths in jazz education with professional practice. It serves
to promote creative excellence and best practices in Jazz composition, performance,
scholarship, importation, exportation, and education. The goals and objectives of
the New Orleans Jazz Institute are directly reflective of the University of New Orleans’
mission, as well as its standard of excellence in the areas of: academic research,
music education, new creative works and the enrichment of the cultural and business
infrastructure of the New Orleans community. NOJI serves as a community and capacity
building organization for New Orleans’ Jazz Industry and creative community, bolsters
the activities and scope of UNO Jazz programs, and acts as an ambassador for New Orleans
Jazz all over the world.
The UNO Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences is a partnership of scientists and educators that combines rigorous scientific analysis
with education, outreach, and planning to develop practical solutions to environmental
challenges of the Pontchartrain Basin, the Gulf of Mexico, and similar coastal ecosystems
in the United States and elsewhere in our world. The Institute brings together the
technical expertise and understanding needed to address issues such as water quality,
critical habitats, biodiversity and coastal restoration strategies. Additionally,
staff work with academic institutions, government agencies, and environmental organizations
to provide information critical to preserving and restoring the environmental quality
of the Pontchartrain Basin.
The Survey Research Center (SRC/UNO Poll), housed in the Political Science Department, exists to serve the research,
teaching and service needs of the University and of the larger community. The SRC
promotes socially significant research with public policy implications as well as
research of theoretical or academic interest. Since 1985, the Center has collected
information about public opinions, beliefs and values on a wide range of social, economic
and political issues. Since its inception it has gained a reputation for accuracy
and integrity in public opinion research. The SRC is an independent academic survey unit offering high quality research services to
people inside and outside of the University. The Center provides training and experience
in survey research to graduate and undergraduate students.