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BASF pledges $1 Million to LSU College of Engineering expansion

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE –LSU’s College of Engineering recently announced a $1 million donation from BASF Corporation to establish a sustainable living laboratory, the first of its kind at LSU and in the Southeast region.

The lab will promote problem-based teaching and research to develop solutions focused on sustainable development. The project is part of the renovation of Patrick F. Taylor Hall and engineering expansion for the College of Engineering.

BASF has been part of the economic growth in Louisiana by announcing more than $350 million in investment projects since 2009 at the Geismar site.

The lab, revolutionary for LSU, will operate under a lab lease concept. Researchers may submit proposals for consideration, which will be evaluated on innovation, relevance and benefits, and community impact. Additionally, the lab will serve as a teaching tool for students and the community to better understand research and implications of environmental stewardship.

BASF’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.