Entergy Louisiana Pledges $1 Million for LSU College of Engineering Power Systems Teaching Complex

04/01/2014 01:37 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s College of Engineering has announced a $1 million gift commitment from Entergy Louisiana to provide a research laboratory and classroom complex in the renovation and expansion of the College of Engineering’s facilities. The gift will help transform education by promoting innovative research and teaching for application of how energy resources impact the energy supply on a national scale.

“Louisiana is a key area in the energy industry,” said Rick Koubek, dean and Bert S. Turner Chair in the College of Engineering. “This new lab and classroom complex, the first of its kind for Louisiana, will prepare graduates to address the energy challenges of the future.”

With the number of trained power engineers declining, the increasing importance of energy sources, efficient transmission, intelligent distribution and protection and other “smart grid” issues, the college will produce qualified, critically thinking graduates to meet the growing needs of an increasingly complex energy industry. Leveraging Entergy’s prior contribution of $300,000 for equipment, the new laboratory will provide hands-on experiences for students who want to pursue a career in this exciting industry.

“Louisiana is experiencing an industrial renaissance that is spurring jobs and economic growth throughout the region” said Phillip May, president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana LLC. “With this growth comes a need for a diverse workforce possessing a high degree of technical and engineering skills. Our contribution represents the continuation of an ongoing partnership with LSU to deliver a highly capable workforce that not only will seize upon the present opportunity, but also will help sustain the promise of economic prosperity well into the future.”

Entergy’s contribution will receive the one-to-one state match provided by the state of Louisiana under the agreement between the state and LSU to expand its engineering facilities.

About Entergy Louisiana
Entergy’s Louisiana utility companies provide electric service to more than 1 million customers through the operating companies Entergy Louisiana LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana LLC and natural gas service to nearly 93,000 customers in the greater Baton Rouge area through Entergy Gulf States Louisiana. With operations in southern, central and northeastern Louisiana, the companies are subsidiaries of Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 14,000 employees. For more information, visit entergy.com.

About LSU’s College of Engineering
Founded in 1908, the LSU College of Engineering offers 11 undergraduate degree programs and confers approximately 650 bachelor’s degrees per year, ranking it in the top 10 percent nationally for graduates. In 2013, it became the largest academic college in the LSU System and the fifth fastest growing engineering college in the nation. One-hundred-and-thirty-five faculty members engage in education, research and commercialization with a strategic focus on research indigenous to Louisiana: energy and environmental sustainability, and natural and built infrastructure.

For more information about LSU’s College of Engineering visit www.eng.lsu.edu.

Mimi  LaValle 
Department of Physics & Astronomy

Posted on Tuesday, April 1, 2014