Centers and Institutes
Board of Regents Approved UNO Research Centers
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various administrative requests that have come before the Academic & Student Affairs
Committee of the Board of Regents after January 1, 1998. The purpose of this database
is to inform viewers of the current status of institutional requests and reporting
requirements related to them; it is *not* the official record of Board actions. If
you're interested in the final approval actions taken by the Board of Regents, please
visit the Board of Regents Minutes.
UNO Research Centers by College
National laboratory and user facilities offer scientists access to unique, state of
the art facilities, equipment and research capabilities. Some of the instrumentation
at these facilities can be operated from remote locations. More information on these
facilities and how to gain access to them is available here. You can also visit this NSF
page which provides links to national laboratories.
Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)
ORAU was founded in 1946 as the Oak Ridge Institute for Nuclear Studies following
the completion of the Manhattan Project. The original consortium was composed of only
14 universities from the southeastern United States. The name was changed to Oak Ridge
Associated Universities in 1966 to reflect the growing role that universities played
in the organization. It has since grown to over 100 member institutions.
ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions for the Department of
Energy and other federal agencies to advance national priorities in science, health,
education and national security. We do this by integrating unique laboratory capabilities,
specialized teams of experts and a consortium of more than 100 universities. ORAU
also manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, which supports government
agencies who value an integrated solution incorporating state of the art science and
technology in an era of consolidated government contracts requiring research informed
delivery of critical services.
In addition to support for government agencies, ORAU provides many opportunities for
teachers and students through a variety of fellowships, grants, scholarships, workshops,
and joint-faculty appointments. Many of these programs are especially designed for
underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in science and engineering fields.
Participation and financial support for science education programs now exceeds 8,900
participants and $212 million. The ORAU University Partnerships Office supports new
faculty just beginning their careers through the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement
Award, individual faculty collaboration with other scientists at member universities
and ORNL, and member schools with larger collaborative efforts.
For information about ORAU and its programs, visit http://www.orau.org, or call the
university partnerships office at 865.576.1898. The Director for Research and Economic Development is the UNO representative for ORAU.
Board of Regents Approved Research Centers and Institutes
Advanced Materials Research Institute
Board of Regents Approved
Director: Dr. John Wiley
Assistant Director: I. R. (Poncho) De Leon
Research Areas: 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.
Areas of Expertise: The research at AMRI is conducted in groups which specialize in the synthesis, fabrication,
testing, characterization, development, and nanotechnology of nanomaterials, nanocomposites,
and functional materials for the development of advanced materials for use in industry
and defense applications. These groups are: Nanosensors Group, Thermoelectrics Group,
MultiFerroics Group, AMRI-Engineering Group, and Outreach Summer Research Programs
Special Research Capabilities: The AMRI research laboratories are located in the Science Building at the University
of New Orleans, where 10,000 square feet of ample wet and dry laboratory space and
over $10.0 M in specialized scientific research instrumentation is available for our
research. The majority of our research is conducted at our AMRI facilities by scientists,
post-doctoral researchers, and graduate students who are developing and working on
their research programs. Some components of the research are conducted in the laboratories
of our research collaborators at other academic institutions and industrial laboratories.
Center for Hazards Assessment Response and Technology (CHART)
Board of Regents Approved
Director: Dr. Monica Farris
Research Areas:UNO-CHART is an applied social science hazards research center that 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 to learn
about and help mitigate the reverse dynamic, the impacts of community activity (i.e.,
social, political, economic), on the ecosystems within the coastal and southeast regions
of the state.
Areas of Expertise: Specialties of staff and associated professors include sociology geography, political
science, urban studies, planning, and relevant bio/physical sciences and engineering.
Special Research Capabilities: Currently, CHART projects address repeated flood loss, disaster mitigation planning,
developing of community resiliency assessments, storm mitigation efforts by coastal
communities, scientist/community collaboration on ecosystem health, community continuity,
risk literacy, and risk management.
Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance
Board of Regents Approved
Director: Dr. Golden G. Richard, III
Research Areas: 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.
Areas of Expertise: 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.
Special Research Capabilities: 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
Hospitality Research Center
Board of Regents Approved
Directors: John Alan Williams
The Hospitality Research Center at the University of New Orleans is a collaborative effort of the faculty of the
School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration (HRT) and the professionals
of the Division of Business and Economic Research (DBER). The Hospitality Research
Center is 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.
Areas of Expertise: Visitor profile studies, visitor estimates, perception studies, importance/performance
indicators, special events' impact on the economy, tourism industry salary surveys,
convention studies, and tourism conversion studies.
The Merritt C. Becker Jr. University of New Orleans Transportation Institute (UNOTI)
Board of Regents Approved
Director: John Renne
Research Areas: The Merritt C. Becker, Jr. UNO Transportation Institute, housed within the College of Liberal Arts, combines the diverse transportation programs
and personnel that currently exist at UNO into one entity. UNOTI faculty and staff
conduct educational and research activities in key areas relating to the movement
of passengers and freight with special emphasis on disaster evacuation, maritime and
intermodal transportation, finance, public transit, active transportation and transit-oriented
development. The Institute, through its diverse activities, continues to promote innovative
policies and practices for the users and providers of transportation at local, state
, national and international levels.
Special Research Capabilities: Collectively, UNOTI faculty and staff represent expertise in a wide array of transportation
disciplines. UNOTI provides specialized research in the areas of national and international
maritime systems; marine terminal facility planning and assessment; maritime economics;
freight and passenger rail infrastructure development; transportation finance and
economics; transit-oriented development; public transit system planning and development;
active transport planning/implementation as well as the linkages between transportation,
the environment and land use.
Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Science (PIES)
Board of Regents Approved
Contact: Director Dr. Ioannis Georgiou
Research Areas: The Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Science (PIES) provides data and information critical for effective management and restoration of
coastal and estuarine resources, with an emphasis on the Pontchartrain Basin - a natural
resource of vital economic, social, aesthetic and cultural importance to the New Orleans
metropolitan area and the State. PIES also supports an active teacher and K-12 education
program that focuses in increasing understanding of coastal systems and how they can
best be managed.
Areas of Expertise: The Institute is designed to foster interactions among professionals with expertise
in basic and applied environmental research and those skilled in environmental management,
social sciences and policy. The Institute works in partnership with both academic
and non-academic institutions to provide information critical for the development
of effective strategies to support sustainable management of natural resources. Researchers
work locally in the Pontchartrain Basin, across coastal Louisiana and on the Pacific
and Atlantic coasts.
Special Research Capabilities: Faculty have developed the first long-term database on the natural resources, water
quality, biota and environmental challenges in the Pontchartrain Basin. Faculty are
involved in the development of models and decision support tools to make scientific
information more accessible to managers, as well as field data collection and monitoring.
Additionally, the Institute can draw on expertise in our College of Urban and Public
Affairs and the Center for Hazards Assessment Response and Technology (CHART).
National Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NCAM)
UNO Contact: Emir Macari, Dean - College of Engineering
UNO Contact: Karen Thomas, Associate Dean - STEM Outreach, Recruitment, & Retention, College of
NCAM Coordinator: TJ McKeough
Research Areas: The National Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NCAM) is a partnership of the University of New Orleans (UNO), the UNO Research and Technology
Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Louisiana State
University (LSU), and the State of Louisiana. NCAM is a research and production center
focused on applying advanced manufacturing technologies to lightweight metallic and
composite materials for use in aerospace and adjacent industries. The facilities at
the center focus on the following advanced manufacturing processes: friction stir
welding, automated fiber placement, high speed machining, non-destructive evaluation,
and dimensional inspection.
Areas of Expertise: NCAM also has a strong educational role, sponsoring a coalition of seven Louisiana
research universities - UNO, LSU, Tulane University, Southern University, University
of Louisiana at Lafayette, McNeese State University, and Louisiana Tech University
- to develop advanced materials and manufacturing technologies. In partnership with
UNO, the center sponsors STEM K-12 outreach initiatives and workforce development
programs. NCAM facilities are available for school field trips and offer hands-on
courses and training for researchers, college and university students, and members
of advanced manufacturing industries.
Special Research Capabilities: Located within the Michoud Assembly Facility, NCAM consists of 80,000 sf of high
bay manufacturing space which houses large scale, multi-axis robotic equipment and
deepwater access that enables transportation of large space systems and hardware.
NCAM equipment is available at no cost for University research efforts and at a daily
rate for commercial or industry use.
More information on NCAM’s facilities, technologies, projects, outreach, and educational
programs is available at http://ncam.eng.lsu.edu/