Toward solutions in the face of complex infrastructure issues across the country, Louisiana State University and Louisiana Tech have announced the creation of a new Center for Innovations in Structural Integrity Assurance (CISIA).
Construction Dive points out that Hurricane Ida underscored the infrastructure imperative—adding to the long list of challenges in need of attention throughout the country. On the heels of the hurricane, the announcement of Louisiana’s new center focused on structural integrity is especially timely. The goal of CISIA is to: study materials and how they match up to infrastructure performance and structural integrity. It will also serve as a teaching facility for students at various two- and four-year schools in addition to LSU and Louisiana Tech. The National Science Foundation Lockheed Martin and Dow Chemical will all play a role in funding the new center.
LSU College of Engineering highlights the importance of CISIA in solving looming problems, noting:
CISIA will serve as a trusted source for transformative insights, predictive capabilities, and materials innovations across broad industrial sectors, focusing on structural integrity assurance for small and large structures and mechanical components. “This is a watershed moment enhancing our efforts to produce eminent engineers of the future, groundbreaking research, and innovative solutions that will significantly further the critical work to address failing and aging infrastructure around the country,” said LSU Interim Executive Vice President & Provost Matt Lee.
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