Southern University and A&M College is a member of LONI Institute (LI). LI was funded by the Louisiana Board of Regents’ Post-Katrina Support Fund Initiative, or PKSFI, and from significant matching funding from all institutions involved. Six research institutions are collaborating on the project – LSU, Louisiana Tech University, Southern University, Tulane University, University of Louisiana-Lafayette and University of New Orleans. The LONI Institute will capitalize on the resources of the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative, or LONI, a high-speed, fiber optic network that connects supercomputers at the state’s major research institutions. LONI allows greater collaboration to tackle complex scientific research problems.
LONI allows us greater collaboration to tackle complex scientific research problems. There are three areas of research emphasis, namely: Computational Materials – This area will focus on developing new classes of materials that can be used for high temperature turbine applications, pharmaceuticals, large-scale modeling, and other scientific applications, Computational Biomedical Research – This area will focus on applying computational sciences to studying biomedical processes in the human body as well as in other organisms, and Computational Science- This area will focus primarily on developing novel approaches for data retrieval, storage, archiving and simulation. The tools developed for data in this area will greatly aid the applications in the computational materials and biology groups.
During past twelve years, we have been continuous supported by DoD, DOE, NSF, NASA, LBRN/NIH, and Louisiana state, LONI Institute. Our team has three faculty, two research faculty, one reseach associate, five graduate students, and two undergraduate students. Our regular group meeting is normally hold at Room 127 (the department conference room) of T. T. Allain Hall every Friday during past ten years. Since early 2018, we have been doing this in Room 131B of Thurman Hall. By integrate state-of-the-art experimental validation methods such as material synthesis, high pressure synchrotron axial and radial XRD, EXAFS, XANES etc. into our high performance material modeling and simulation, we are confident on continous contribution to the science community and technology development.