Louisiana Tech

Kate Archer Kent

Researchers at LSU Health Shreveport and Louisiana Tech University in Ruston are in the early stages of developing a new way to deliver antibiotics and other medicine via customized, implantable devices created using a 3-D printer. 

LSU Medical School student Jeffery Weisman is also pursuing his doctorate in biomedical engineering from Louisiana Tech. He presented his research in collaboration with LSU Health Shreveport. It intensified over the past three months when he experimented with making plastic medical prototypes from a consumer-grade 3-D printer.

Job creation along the interstate 20 corridor is the focus of a nearly $1 million grant awarded to Louisiana Tech University. Federal officials toured Tech's Enterprise Center and talked about the positive impact of the Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge.

The Cyber Discovery Camp model was developed by the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City. The center's GB Cazes says dozens of high school students and their teachers are being mentored this week by Louisiana Tech University professors at a camp on the Ruston campus. He says the cyber camp concept will be rolled out at other universities, including the University of Baltimore next month.

A bid to make LSU Shreveport a branch campus of Louisiana Tech University was backed by the House Education Committee. But acting LSU System president William Jenkins advised the committee to proceed "very cautiously" because mergers overwhelmingly result in failure. Supporters say the merger is essential to the region.

LSU System president John Lombardi says northwest Louisiana colleges and universities must collaborate to provide more degree offerings. He says merging LSU Shreveport into Louisiana Tech would shrink LSUS to nothing.