Computational research group receives $358,997 grant


Dr. Diola Bagayoko, Southern University System Distinguished Professor of Physics, was the leader among a group of SU colleagues in physics and engineering to receive a $358,997, one-year grant. 


This is the fourth year funding for a successful project started in 2010, for a total over $1.4 Million to date.


This grant is a part of a statewide project, with Louisiana State University as the lead institution, known as the "Louisiana Alliance for Simulation-Guided Materials Applications (LA-SiGMA)." LA-SiGMA is funded for five years by the National Science Foundation and the Louisiana Board of Regents.


This project builds statewide interdisciplinary research collaborations involving computational scientists, applied mathematicians, and computer scientists and engineers.  The theoretical and experimental components of the project complement each other to make transformative progress in materials science and engineering, while significantly contributing to education and science and technology work force development.


This yearly award includes $88,000 for graduate research assistantships at SUBR.  With this amount, the total expenditures on graduate assistantships at SUBR, from 2010 to present, is over $350,000.


Besides Southern and LSU, the Alliance members are Grambling State University, Louisiana Tech University, the University of New Orleans, Tulane University, and Xavier University.


Bagayoko serves as the principal Investigator and project director for the SUBR LA-SiGMA research group. His co-investigators include: Dr. Guang Lin Zhao and Dr. Lawrence Henry, professors of Physics; and Dr. Guoqiang Li and Dr. Amitava Jana, professors of Mechanical Engineering.


Dr. Shizhong Yang is an assistant professor in Computer Science at SUBR collaborating with the investigators.



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