President Tate's Scholarship First Agenda



LSU is uniquely positioned to partner with industry to find new ways to fuel our nation. By building a research platform for energy resilience, aimed at reducing carbon emissions and reusing and recycling carbon, we will translate existing resources and expertise into new opportunities and jobs to power Louisiana and protect the vitality of Louisiana’s energy industry. Our researchers are working toward cleaner, safer, and more sustainable energy production and use, including more efficient oil and gas recovery that is better for the environment. We can serve as a national model for energy-related collaboration at the intersection of science and engineering through carbon capture, reuse, and storage. LSU will play a pivotal role in meeting our nation’s future energy needs. 


Louisiana’s considerable natural resources are facing serious challenges that put the state’s and nation's energy resilience at risk. Energy is central to Louisiana’s economy, and Louisiana is central to the nation’s energy supply. Through innovation and discovery, LSU will help Louisiana fuel our future.


LSU is uniquely positioned to pioneer the path forward to protect and preserve our state’s energy economy. We will:

  • Build a collaborative research platform for resilience within Louisiana’s energy industry
  • Create a national energy hub focused on safe and sustained energy sources
  • Partner with industry to cultivate and prepare talent for the evolution of energy-related jobs in Louisiana for the next 50 years and beyond


Energy Innovation in Action

A statewide effort led by LSU has won the largest grant ever awarded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, providing up to $160 million to support Louisiana’s energy industry, create jobs, and develop the energy workforce.

Karsten Thompson, interim dean of the LSU College of Engineering, shares insight into his research in the area of porous materials and how the college is advancing LSU's Scholarship First Agenda, in particular as it relates to capturing carbon and shaping the future of energy.

Katie Mehnert is focused on improving the industry she has spent more than 20 years working through her company, ALLY Energy.

Explore All Five Priorities

LSU has aligned core areas of strength and potential strength with Louisiana’s most important challenges and opportunities.