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Unique Areas of Excellence:
Computing and Telecommunications
   
Center for Advanced Computer Studies (CACS)
 
  Long before computing became the dominant technology of the twentieth century, UL Lafayette made a decision to grab the tail of this comet as it began to streak across the sky. In 1962, Purdue was the first university to establish a computer science department. That same year, the nation's first Masters of Science program in computer science was initiated - at UL Lafayette. The Ph.D. program in computer science was established in 1968, the first such program in Louisiana. For the next 16 years computer science grew as UL Lafayette's flagship program. In 1984, the Center for Advanced Computer Studies (CACS) was formed by consolidating the graduate programs of computer science and computer engineering. Today, CACS enjoys a leading international reputation.

Over the years, CACS has hosted a distinguished faculty, including three IEEE Fellows. Several faculty are editors or associate editors of prestigious journals. Over a three-year period (July 1, 1997 to June 30, 2000) CACS was awarded $5.44 million in external funding for research, with over 25 grants and contracts with government agencies and industry. In 1997-98 CACS faculty published forty-four journal papers, sixty-nine conference papers, four books, and four book chapters. Annually, CACS faculty serve as general chairs or program chairs for national or international conferences. Some of these conferences are brought to Louisiana (and UL Lafayette). CACS annually averages more than 150 graduate students in its two graduate programs. Within the last five years, CACS annually produced an average of forty-nine MS and nine PhD graduates in computer science, and twenty-two MS and five PhD graduates in computer engineering per year. Graduates are placed across the country, from California to North Carolina.
 
Center for Telecommunications Studies (CTS)
 
  Since its inception in 1984, the Center for Telecommunications Studies has received over one million dollars in scholarships, grants, and equipment from the telecommunications industry. An industry telecommunications advisory committee (INTAC) of seven members, formed in 1994, provides expertise and guidance for its curriculum and research. INTAC members are drawn from all phases of the telecommunication industry, including common carriers, vendors, and user companies. More than sixty MS degrees in telecommunications have been awarded through the Center, and alumni are well placed in the telecommunications industry. The Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering Department at UL Lafayette, in which the Center for Telecommunication Studies is housed, was ranked by the National Research Council (NRC) in 1995 as the top graduate electrical engineering department in the State of Louisiana.
 
Center for Business and Information Technologies (CBIT)
 
  The mission of the Center for Business & Information Technologies (CBIT) is to support the University’s economic development agenda through research, development, and technology transfer in the general area of business and information technologies. In cooperation with private sector, academic, and government partners, the Center conducts basic and applied research aimed at establishing scientific foundations and frameworks for business & information technologies, develops and commercializes products, and provides strategic and technical support to Louisiana businesses and government.

Research and development efforts focus on reliable, scalable, extensive, cost-effective, secure, and interoperable architectures, systems and technologies with high potential for commercial implementation. The R&D agenda is shaped by the Center’s partners and clients through an advisory board that provides guidance on industry trends and market opportunities. Current areas of activity include:
 
 
  • Business Services: supply chain management, business-to-business electronic commerce, customer relations management; inventory management solutions and enterprise systems strategies;
 
 
  • Information Technology Services: databases, web-based software applications, Internet e-commerce; legacy system integration; communications, networking, and security strategies; and
 
 
  • Enterprise Services: lean manufacturing, manufacturing automation, and manufacturing system integration.
 
Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana (MEPoL)
 
  MEPoL was designated by the U.S. Department of Commerce as the Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana to offer business, management, and technical assistance to the 5,000 small- and medium-sized manufacturers throughout the state. It is affiliated with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), a national network to assist small manufacturers to be globally competitive. MEPoL is housed in the Louisiana Productivity Center.
 
NASA Regional Application Center (RAC)
 
  UL Lafayette is the site of one of four original NASA Regional Application Centers (RAC). The other locations are the University of Hawaii, Clemson University, and the University of Maryland. The establishment of these centers is part of NASA's efforts to transfer its newly developed technologies to the private sector, to foster the growth of the commercial use of spatial data products, and to achieve wide dissemination of information. The RAC concept is to aggregate technologies developed by NASA for its own programs and to develop and test low-cost, efficient computer systems that will allow these technologies to be transferred to external users, including the private sector.
 

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