08/18/2014 11:00 AM
BATON ROUGE – Today, Gov. Bobby Jindal and LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander
announced the creation of the LSU Transformational Technology and Cyber Research Center,
which will pursue major federal and commercial research projects in applied technology
fields. Initially, the TTCRC will be funded in part by the State of Louisiana and
LSU in a challenge grant configuration that provides $1 in state funding and $0.50
in LSU funding for each $10 in research funds the center attracts over the next three
Ultimately, the TTCRC will target raising $34.5 million over its initial three years,
with $30 million coming from external federal and private sources and the remainder
coming from the State of Louisiana ($3 million) and LSU ($1.5 million). Creation of
the center, which will collaborate with the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute and other LSU research entities, is subject to a vote by the LSU Board of Supervisors.
The research center’s first director, Jeff Moulton, comes to LSU from the Georgia
Tech Research Institute, where he served as director of program development for a
1,700-person entity that attracts more than $300 million in annual research and development
contracts. Moulton will be charged with attracting major research contracts to LSU
by leveraging the university’s unique strengths in such disciplines as supercomputing,
cybersecurity and nanotechnology.
Jindal said, “The Transformational Technology and Cyber Research Center will help
LSU attract tens of millions in new research funds while also resulting in new knowledge-based
jobs in our state. This represents another great opportunity to utilize higher education
partnerships to create more jobs and prepare students for Louisiana’s expanding workforce.”
Goals of the research partnership between the State of Louisiana and LSU are for the
center to reach at least $10 million in research contracts by Jan. 1, 2016, and $30
million in research contracts by July 1, 2017.
“Strategic investments in critical research areas like this have a real impact on
research productivity, regional economies and national security,” said Alexander.
“Forming the LSU Transformational Technology and Cyber Research Center and hiring
Jeff Moulton to direct it will allow our university to further leverage its expertise
into providing real solutions for the problems we face today as well as the challenges
tomorrow will bring.”
Subject to LSU Board of Supervisors approval, Moulton will lead the TTCRC as executive
director following an extensive career of information management leadership in the
public and private sectors. From 1977 to 1999, he served in the U.S. Air Force, where
his roles included chief of communications and information management resources for
the Air Force Special Operations Command headquarters, located at Hurlburt Field near
Fort Walton Beach, Florida. At GTRI the past six years, Moulton managed a global team
of more than 950 research professionals and guided the attraction of annual research
contracts from $172 million to $307 million. He created GTRI’s highest growth sector
by shepherding cyber research activity from 5 percent of GTRI’s annual revenue to
“We live in a world of unprecedented challenges,” Moulton said. “Nascent threats require
innovative solutions. The Governor’s Office through LED has done a tremendous job
of attracting a world-class research capability in Louisiana. LSU had the vision to
commission the TTCRC, and we’ll leverage this capability to bring Louisiana’s intellectual
might to the fight. I’m excited to be a part of it.”
The TTCRC represents the latest higher education investment by the State of Louisiana
to cultivate an accomplished workforce with in-demand technology skills and a robust
private sector with rapid growth in jobs that will engage graduates who possess skills
in computer science, software engineering, digital media applications, mathematics
and other quantitative-intense fields. Such skills are associated with high-demand
STEM jobs, or jobs requiring backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Since 2008, Louisiana has secured economic development projects that are creating
thousands of new STEM jobs in the state, such as Bell Helicopter, Benteler, CenturyLink,
CGI, CSC, GE Capital, IBM and Sasol. State-funded higher education initiatives linked
to economic development projects during that period now top $40 million, and they
include commitments to at least triple the annual number of bachelor’s degree graduates
in computer science at LSU, Louisiana Tech University, the University of Louisiana
at Lafayette and UNO, in addition to the TTCRC commitment.
In June, Jindal joined leaders from higher education systems across Louisiana to sign
into law the Workforce and Innovation for a Stronger Economy Fund, or WISE Fund, which
will dedicate $40 million beyond the prior initiatives to better prepare Louisiana
students to compete in the global economy. WISE Fund resources will be made available
to research institutions that produce nationally recognized commercial research and
to state colleges, universities, and community and technical colleges that partner
with private industry to produce graduates with high-demand degrees and certificates.
LSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Stuart Bell said LSU is committed to academic
excellence and to advancing its research portfolio by exploring highly innovative
research and development efforts and transferring tangible results to a larger community
“LSU will continue to go to great lengths to identify and attract top research talent
in its quest to propel LSU into an internationally acclaimed status as a major research
university,” Bell said.
Kalliat T. Valsaraj, LSU vice chancellor for research and economic development, said, “LSU has been seeking opportunities to diversify and amplify its research and development efforts. We are excited about Mr. Jeffrey Moulton joining our team at the Office of Research and Economic Development and the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute to work with SDMI Executive Director Joseph Booth to bolster our efforts at diversifying and transforming our research efforts into cybersecurity, homeland security, defense and energy related areas.”
For more information, contact Gary Perilloux with Louisiana Economic Development at 225-342-3437 or Gary.Perilloux@la.gov.
Posted on Monday, August 18, 2014