Biomedical Engineering Facilities
The activities of the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science (CBERS) are conducted in a number of state-of the-art research facilities located on the Louisiana Tech campus and in the facilities of our partner institutions. These facilities include Tech's new Biomedical Engineering Center (Biomedical Engineering Building), the facilities of Tech's Center for Rehabilitation Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST), the world-class micromanufacturing capabilities of Tech's Institute for Micromanufacturing (Institute for Micromanufacturing), Tech's Center for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology (CENIT) and the University's Technology Transfer Center.
CBERS members also have access to Louisiana's Optical Network Initiative (LONI), one of the most advanced optical networks in the country along with the the most powerful distributed supercomputer resource available to any academic community. Members also benefit from Tech's state-of-the-art computing and information infrastructure. Tech's Library provides the modern tools commonly used by researchers to retrieve scientific literature.
Biomedical Engineering Center (Biomedical Engineering Building)
New Biomedical Engineering Center (Biomedical Engineering Building)
Many of the research laboratories and faculty offices for for CBERS members are located in the new 52,000 square foot Biomedical Engineering Center (Biomedical Engineering Building), shown in the figure above. The building was dedicated in May of 2007 and contains CBERS administrative offices, faculty offices for CBERS membership, an animal care facility, research laboratories, a conference room, rooms for research seminars and workshops, and a business incubator. The facility and equipment are valued at over $13M dollars. The Biomedical Engineering Center is physically adjoined to the Institute for Micromanufacturing, a modern micromechanical miniaturization design and manufacturing facility that complements the activities conducted in the Biomedical Engineering Center. Research activities within CBERS includes nanoscience, cellular modeling, biotransport, phenomena, neuroscience, neural engineering, rehabilitation engineering, biomaterials engineering, tissue engineering, biomicro/nanodevices and systems, and drug delivery.
Offices and Support Facilities
Many CBERS research faculty and staff have offices in the Biomedical Engineering Center or the adjoining Institute for Micromanufacturing. The administrative support staff for CBERS are located on the first floor adjacent to the main entrances to the building. The 290 square foot office includes space for the program's administrative coordinator and our student workers. Near the program office is the Center's support area which includes a FAX machine, copying equipment, faculty mailboxes and office supplies. There is also an office in the area that is used for visiting researchers.
Conference Room (Biomedical Engineering Building)
Seminars and Workshop Rooms
The following figure shows one of the rooms within the Biomedical Engineering Building that is available for seminars and workshops. It includes tables, to accommodate up to 40 attendees. The tables have rollers so that the furniture can be easily reconfigured depending upon the need. The facility includes a computer projection system, a combination VCR/DVD player, and wireless networking.
The Biomedical Engineering Classroom (Biomedical Engineering Building 157)
Most of CBERS's research laboratories are located in the Biomedical Engineering Center or in the Institute for Micromanufacturing. They include individual faculty research laboratories and core research support laboratories containing specialized research equipment that is available for use by all CBERS members.
Leon Iasemidis, Ph.D., Director of CBERS, Professor and Rhodes Eminent Chair of Biomedical Engineering, The Brain Dynamics Laboratory, Location: Biomedical Engineering Building 152; The EEG Laboratory, Location: Biomedical Engineering Building 107
The EEG Laboratory
A facility for recording and long-term monitoring of spontaneous (awake, asleep) or evoked electroencephalographic (EEG) activity from the surface or interior of the human and animal brain. The Lab is equipped with three computerized EEG recording systems and has the capability to record from up to 128 electrode sites.
The Brain Dynamics Laboratory
A teaching and research computational facility with multiple computer stations, large (Terabyte) associated data storage units, fast access to supercomputing networks, professional software for data analysis. We develop novel in-house algorithms to investigate the spatio-temporal dynamics of electrical (EEG) and magnetic (MEG) signals from the brain of patients and animals, and computer simulation models, on the way into and out of crises. Epilepsy and progressive brain post-traumatic illnesses are among the dynamical disorders we concentrate upon. Conventional signal processing, image processing and data mining techniques, as well as innovative measures of stability, complexity and information flow in networks of nonlinear systems are utilized for long-term prediction of epileptic seizures. Adaptive feedback control has been implemented for their efficient and effective real-time control via neuromodulation. The research at the Brain Dynamics Lab also assists with the diagnosis, differential diagnosis and evaluation of the treatment of those and other brain dynamical disorders.
Over the years, our research has been supported by federal and state funding agencies (NIH, NSF, DoD, VA, DARPA, the Science Foundation of Arizona), private foundations (American Epilepsy Research Foundation, the Whitaker Foundation) and other organizations (Cyberonics Inc.).
Ioannis Vlachos, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, Conducting
Research with Dr. Leon Iasemidis in The Brain Dynamics Laboratory, Location: Biomedical
Engineering Building 152 and The EEG Laboratory Location: Biomedical Engineering Building
107C Location: Biomedical Engineering Building 227
Dr. Vlachos’s research interests are time series analysis, stochastic processes, chaotic dynamic systems, and biomedical signal processing. Research is mainly directed towards understanding the epileptic brain through analysis of the EEG signal and tackling various epilepsy related problems such as prediction of epileptic seizures, localization of the epileptogenic focus and differential diagnostic procedures.
Stanley A. Napper, Ph.D., Vice President of Research and Development and Professor
of Biomedical Engineering, Location: Wyly Tower 1629
Dr. Napper's role as Dean of Engineering allows him to participate at various levels in Engineering Education research. Earlier research activities have included Biomedical Engineering applications of artificial intelligence and mathematical modeling of physiological systems.
Randal E. Null, Ph.D.,Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Location: Institute for
Dr. Null provides leadership to Louisiana Tech University and the State of Louisiana by providing national quality higher education in research and development areas that improve energy systems, cyberspace security, medical technology, fundamental nanotechnology processes, biological/chemical/physical sensors and other cutting edge science and technology.
Rebecca Giorno-McConnell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of the School of Biological Sciences,
Location: Carson-Taylor Hall 120
Dr. Giorno-McConnell's research interests involve the protein coatings that encase bacterial spores and allow them to survive harsh environments. She studies the assembly of the coat and the exosporium in the spore-forming bacteria Bacillus anthracis. Her work is done in the attenuate Sterne strain of B. anthracis.
Jeff Shultz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of the School of Biological Sciences, Location:
Carson-Taylor Hall 120
Dr. Shultz's research interests are Biochemical pathway mapping, comparative genomics, and combining research and education at the undergraduate level.
Steven Jones, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
The Biofluid Mechanics Laboratory, Location: Biomedical Engineering Building 233
Dr. Jones' research interests stem from biomedical applications of fluid dynamics. Applications include the improvement of Doppler ultrasound instruments for velocity measurement, modeling of pressure-flow relationships in the vascular access grafts used for dialysis, and modeling of the effects of transport and flow on the positive feedback and negative feedback control mechanisms for platelet activation and adhesion. The laboratory includes laser Doppler velocimetry equipment, a cone-in plate viscometer, a data acquisition computer, various PC computers, ultrasonic equipment, an anti-vibration table, a spectrum analyzer, physiological pressure transducers, Carolina Medical electromagnetic flow meters, a transit time flow meter, model manufacturing facilities, a single syringe infusion pump and a 10-syringe infusion pump.
Niel Crews, Ph.D., Director of the Institute for Micromanufacturing and Assistant
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
The Biological Microfluidics Laboratory, Location: Biomedical Engineering Building 234
Dr. Crews' research interests focus on the creation, development and proliferation of microfluidic technologies for biomedical use. This research integrates the disciplines of Mechanical, Electrical, and Chemical Engineering with Biology and Physics. Activities include the design, fabrication, and testing of the device components, as well as the integration of these elements into functional systems. These operations are supported by the core laboratory facilities of the Institute for Microfabrication and the Biomedical Engineering Program.
Shengnian Wang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemical EngineeringThe Biomolecule Nanoengineering and Cell Therapy Laboratory, Location: Institute for
Dr. Wang's research interests involve cell therapy and the nanoengineering of biomolecules. Activities include single DNA dynamics, microrheology and flow-guided assembly using biopolymers along with development of nano particles and nanodevices for non-viral cell therapy. Microfluidics and nanofluidics are integrated to offer such studies excellent platforms. Major equipment includes a CNC mill, an electroporator, a fluorescence microscope, and an atomic force microscope.
Sven Eklund, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Location: Carson-Taylor Hall
Dr. Eklund's research interests involve biosensors for use in monitoring of extracellular cell metabolism in various environments. Sensors are based on electrochemical or fluorescent signals and can measure multiple analytes simultaneously in real-time (glucose, lactate, oxygen, pH, Ca2+, etc.) This work also examines miniature biofuel cells for implantation in vivo to power miniature silicon microdevices; and electrodeposition, the use of ionic liquids for the deposition of tantalum for coating of medical implants.
Sumeet Dua, Ph.D., Professor and Graduate Coordinator of Computer Science; Coordinator
of IT Research, COES; Director, Data Mining Research Laboratory, Location: Nethken
Dr. Dua's research specialization is Data Mining, Computational Decision Support, Structural Bioinformatics Biological System Modeling, Multi-modality Fusion, and Biomedical Imaging.
David Mills, Ph.D., Professor of the School of Biological Sciences
The BioMorph Laboratory, Location: Biomedical Engineering Building 238 and The NERO (Nanoscience Education and Research Outreach) Laboratory, Location: Biomedical Engineering Building 151
The BioMorph Laboratory
Dr. Mills' BioMorph Laboratory is used for designing novel and dynamic nanofilms (biodegradable, bioactive, micropatterned) for cell adhesion, differentiation and functionality; nanoassembly for dental & orthopedic implants; layer-by-layer assembly for cell encapsulation; application of nanoscale topographic and chemical cues for controlling chondro- and osteogenesis; understanding complex soft tissue modeling during development and remodeling in response to altered joint mechanics; structure-function relationships in TMJ soft tissues, engineering tissues for TMJ repair or replacement.
The NERO Laboratory
Dr. Mills' NERO Laboratory supports a K-16+ outreach program that provides solid educational content and a strong technical foundation in the molecular sciences and bionanotechnology. Current activities of the lab include engaging K-12 teachers and students through summer and academic year research experiences and technology workshops, guiding teachers in translating their increased understanding of the research process into classroom learning experiences, improving understanding of the scientific research process and engineering design to teachers, students and the community, and increasing interest of K-16+ students in pursuing careers in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology (SMET) fields.
Mark DeCoster, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
The Cellular Neuroscience Lab, Location: Biomedical Engineering Building 235
Dr. DeCoster's laboratory is designed for biochemical and digital imaging analysis of cellular events in the brain. Current planned activities include brain cell inflammatory responses, digital imaging of apoptosis in normal and brain tumor cells and response of brain glial cells to injury. Major equipment includes PC- and Mac-based imaging workstations (4); motorized inverted fluorescence microscope with digital camera (Leica).
Yuri Voziyanov, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of the School of Biological Sciences/Institute
for Micromanufacturing, Location: Carson-Taylor Hall 121
Dr. Voziyanov's research interests include advanced genome engineering, DNA recombination: Protein-DNA Interactions. There are two main directions of our current research: advanced genome engineering using tailor-made sit-specific DNA recombinases and cell replacement in tissues using genetically modified adult stem cells.
Long Que, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering/Institute for Micromanufacturing
The Micro-Nano Systems Laboratory, Location: Institute for Micromanufacturing L-8
Dr. Que's laboratory seeks to utilize and synthesize micro and nanoscale materials, develop novel micro and nanodevices, and micro and nanosystems to advance the research in life science, biomedical engineering, medicine, and environment energy harvesting.
Jim Spaulding, Ph.D., Director of Biological Support Services, Professor Emeritus
of the School of Biological Sciences The Molecular Signaling Laboratory, Location:
Biomedical Engineering Building 133
This laboratory focus is on the use of naturally occurring, biologically active molecules to control the activities of specific cells or functional groups of cells in the treatment of disease processes. Work is carried out in conjunction with the Institute for Therapeutic Discovery, Delanson, New York.
Patrick Hindmarsh, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of the School of Biological Sciences,
Location: Carson-Taylor Hall 201
Dr. Hindmarsh's research interests are Mycology/Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Chromosomal Loss and Genome Regulation, and Virulence Activation.
Yuri Lvov, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry
The Nanoassembly Laboratory, Location: Institute for Micromanufacturing L-7, Biomedical Engineering Building 236
Dr. Lvov's laboratory focus is on developing nanotechnology including nanoassembly of ultrathin organized films, bio/nanocomposites, nano/construction of ordered shells on tiny templates (drug nanocapsules, shells on microbes and viruses), clay nanotubes for controlled release of bioactive agents. Yuri Lvov was among the pioneers of the polyelectrolyte layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly, a nanotechnology method which, after the first papers in 1993, was followed by many thousands of publications by researchers from all over the world. LbL nanoassembly has already been used in industrial applications for eye lens modification, improvement of cellulose fiber for better fabric and paper, microcapsules for insulin sustained release, cancer drug nanocapsules, and others. The basic principle of our research is nanoarchitectonic, and we develop: 1) nanoassembly approach in biomimetic engineering; 2) smart nanocontainers, nanocapsules and nanotubes for drug targeted and controlled delivery; stem cell and microbe encapsulation; 3) integrated nano/micro/macro-organized tissue scaffolds (in collaboration with Mark DeCoster and David Mills).
Daniela Mainardi, Ph.D.,Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering/Nanosystems Engineering/Institute
for Micromanufacturing The Nano/BioTechnology Modeling Laboratory, Location: Institute
for Micromanufacturing 103
Dr. Mainardi's laboratory uses a theory-guided computational approach to get insight into critical areas in nano/bio technology for energy applications. Among them are the study of complex metal hydrides as hydrogen storage materials and enzyme reactions for environmental catalysis applications. Modeling and simulation capabilities available in the lab include a 16-node Xeon cluster of 3.06 GHz dual Xeon workstations, a 10 nodes-cluster of 800MHz dual alpha workstations and 8 Mini-Tower Dual Core Xeon Proc 5130 2.00 GHz dual workstations. Nanotechnology and biotechnology modeling and simulation software includes a campus wide license for Gaussian 03 and GaussView, Linda parallel library with license for the Xeon cluster and the Alpha cluster, Materials Studio for Quantum Mechanical calculations (DMOL3), Molecular mechanics and Dynamics (Forcite Plus and Discover), CASTEP and CPMD for Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics, NWCHEM, NAMD for molecular dynamics with VMD for visualization, MPI parallel libraries, DLPoly 3.0 (for molecular dynamics) and Carlos 4.0 for kinetic Monte Carlo studies.
D. Patrick O'Neal, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
The Nano Particle Training and Manufacturing Laboratory, Location: Biomedical Engineering Building 136
Dr. O'Neal's laboratory focuses on biomedical optics and nanotechnology for the support of cancer detection, treatment, and management. Current activities include optical sensing and imaging, development of optically-active nanoparticles for detection, imaging, and drug delivery, surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy for bio-assays, and nanomaterial toxicity assessment. Major equipment includes a PTI Dual Monochromator Fluorescence Spectrometer, fiber optic equipment (Thor Labs), a Beckman Coulter DU-800 UV-Vis Spectrophotometer, and a Raman Systems R3000-HR Raman Spectrometer: portable system with 785nm laser.
Henry Cardenas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Nanosystems Engineering,
Location: Bogard Hall 238
Dr. Cardenas' research interests include nanosystems particle analysis, electrokinetics and nanomanufacturing engineering.
Teresa Murray, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Research Laboratory
Location: Biomedical Engineering Building 132
Dr. Murray’s research goals are to expand the reach and functionality of micro-optics for neuroscience applications and to create living bio-optical systems using molecular and cellular engineering. She plans to incorporate electrodes for field potential recording into implantable micro-optic devices and perform time-course experiments. Her main aim is to connect receptor dynamics, neural circuit function and behavior through in vivo fluorescence imaging, neural recording and behavioral experiments. This concerted approach will streamline experiments, enable unparalleled comparative analysis and elucidate connections not possible using multiple, discrete experiments. Additionally, this system will facilitate studies of neural dynamics and behavior in drug addiction, neurodegeneration, and stem cell therapy. While her focus has been on neuroscience, the tools and techniques she has developed have broad applications for life sciences and translational research.
Bill Campbell, Ph.D., Associate Dean of the College of Applied and Natural Sciences
and Interim Director of the School of Biological Sciences, Location: PML 913
Dr. Campbell's research interests are protein analysis, and environmental physiology/biochemistry
William Wolf, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of the School of Biological Sciences, Location:
Carson-Taylor Hall 123
Dr. Wolf's research interests are serine proteases in cancer biology, developmental biology, and cancer gene therapy.
Core Research Support Laboratories
The Animal Care Facility
Location: Biomedical Engineering Building 129 through 148
The Animal Care Facility is a controlled-access facility located in the Biomedical Engineering building. These laboratories (Biomedical Engineering Building 129 through 148) occupy a total of 4,430 sq. ft., and the director's office and animal-related research laboratories occupy 1,700 sq. ft. A surgical suite, a cage washing area/autoclave room, storage, a necropsy laboratory, and nine individual animal housing rooms with ventilated cage racks that have individual electronic access control occupy 2,730 sq. ft. of space. The animals are monitored on a daily basis by the director or his designated employee. The university has a veterinarian on staff who is a member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). He and the director provide training to research animal users. The University has an arrangement with the Licensed Laboratory Animal Veterinarian at Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport for specialized assistance, when needed.
The Histological Techniques Laboratory (Animal Care Facility)
Location: Biomedical Engineering Building 134
This laboratory contains equipment for the preparation of specimens for light microscopy including paraffin ovens, an embedding station, a paraffin microtome, a vibratome, and staining equipment and supplies. The laboratory also contains equipment for the preparation of specimens for transmission electron microscopy, including an epoxy embedding area, epoxy oven, ultra microtome, and grid staining equipment and supplies. The room is equipped with a surgical table for collection of specimens and a chemical hood for safe use of toxic chemicals.
The Neuro Physiology Laboratory (Animal Care Facility)
Location: Biomedical Engineering Building 132
This laboratory houses a 1' x 7' Faraday cage for electromagnetic isolation, an inverted microscope and amplification equipment.
The Imaging and Nanopatterning Laboratory
Location: Biomedical Engineering Building 239
This laboratory contains a Bioforce Nanoscience Nano-Enabler for patterning biological substances with nanoscale precision onto substrates. The room also contains an Olympus MTV-3 stereo microscope with a Leica DFC500 camera, three Dell Precision imaging workstations, and a Suss MicroTeck micropositioning station.
The Tissue Engineering and Cell Culture Laboratory
Location: Biomedical Engineering Building 220B and 240
This laboratory has been designed to investigate the effects of hemodynamic phenomena on the behavior of vascular cells, (endothelial cells, platelets, smooth muscle cells, osteoblasts) as related to atherosclerosis, intimal hyperplasia, thrombosis, bone growth, and micromanufactured cell substrates. The laboratory includes a laminar fume hood, an environmentally-controlled flow chamber, an imaging microscope, an injection-flow apparatus (syringe pump), an incubator, a centrifuge, a refrigerator, and a plate reader. The laboratory is jointly funded by The Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science (CBERS) and the School of Biological Sciences.
The Biomedical Engineering Common Laboratory
Location: Biomedical Engineering Building 221
This laboratory houses a set of shared equipment that is available to all of the faculty and students performing research in the Biomedical Engineering Center. Major pieces of equipment in this laboratory are a PC digital image analysis workstation, two refrigerator-freezers (to '20 ˚C), a chemical hood, a lyophilizer, a streaming potential instrument, a tensile strength instrument, a liquid scintillation counter, a centrifuge, a microbalance-scale, a pH meter, sn AKTA Prime Protein Purification System, an Advanced Chemtech Apex 396 protein synthesizer, and an upright microscope.
Center for Rehabilitation Engineering, Science and Technology(CREST)
CBERS Rehabilitation activities are primarily housed at the Center for Rehabilitation Engineering, Science and Technology facility, a 40,000 sq. ft. Center (see figure below) that is near the main campus. CREST maintains specialized service laboratories that provides assistive technology and training services in the areas of activities of daily living, augmentative and alternative communication, computer access, driver rehabilitation and transportation, rehabilitation engineering, and seating and wheeled mobility. The rehabilitation technology/services staff have a regional and national reputation for providing quality services to consumers and for providing education programs to service providers.
Center for Rehabilitation Engineering, Science and Technology
CREST Service Laboratories
The laboratory provides a complete evaluation of an individual's potential to operate a motor vehicle. An individualized prescription includes recommendations for vehicle selection, appropriate adaptive aids and devices, and vehicle modifications.
Seating and Positioning Mobility
This laboratory addresses the seating and corrective postural needs of individuals with severe physical disabilities. Clinical staff can prescribe a wheelchair seating system to provide better body alignment, normalize muscle tone, and inhibit abnormal reflexes.
This laboratory provides comprehensive evaluations for persons who are unable to use speech and/or writing to fully meet their communication needs. The interdisciplinary team includes a speech pathologist, occupational therapist, and adaptive equipment specialist. The augmentative communication laboratory is equipped with numerous communication aids that reflect the most recent advances in technology.
Center staff maintains a current collection of catalogs, brochures and print material on special equipment for persons with physical challenges. Cost and purchasing information are provided as well as evaluative data, when available. The laboratory also has access to the ABLEDATA network and is a primary dissemination point for the CONET desktop database.
Activities of Daily Living
Clinical staff in this laboratory evaluate an individual's ability to perform activities of daily living while using adaptive equipment or compensatory techniques. Numerous assistive devices are used during the evaluation including aids for eating, cooking, dressing, bathing and controlling appliances.
Rehabilitation engineers on staff with the Center travel throughout the state visiting disabled clients in their homes, schools, or work sites. After a careful evaluation, the goal of the engineer is to provide practical and economical solutions to the client's problems.
The Institute for Micromanufacturing (Institute for Micromanufacturing)
The Institute for Micromanufacturing includes 41,000 square feet of laboratory and office space dedicated to meet the research and development needs of academia and industry in the area of miniaturization and micromanufacturing. Laboratories occupy 20,000 sq. ft. of environmentally controlled workspace, containing 5,000 sq. ft. of modular clean rooms with fully certified class 1000 and class 100 working areas.
The laboratory facilities provide a full suite of micro and nanofabrication processing capabilities (e.g., e-beam, x-ray, and optical lithographies, bulk and surface micromachining, ion and laser processing), and measurement and characterization tools (e.g., SEM, AFM/STM, RST, etc.) and a complementary Micromachining Processes Laboratory (diamond, microdrilling/milling/EDM, laser, etc.). In addition, the laboratory area houses a laboratory-based teaching and training facility, electronics assembly/test laboratory, a hot embossing/ injection molding laboratory, a nine station plating laboratory. Scattered throughout the laboratory facility are offices and smaller laboratories where guest researchers from industry or academia may reside. The facility also has a dedicated area for the teaching and training of undergraduate and graduate students, industrial participants, visiting researchers, and Institute for Micromanufacturing faculty and staff.
The Institute for Micromanufacturing (Institute for Micromanufacturing)
Computing and Information Infrastructure
Wired network connections are available in all offices and rooms and seamless secure wireless network access is available campus-wide. Most wired network connections are 100 Mb Ethernet and a limited number of gigabit Ethernet connections available. With the university having a class 'B' Internet address space, no network address translation (NAT) devices are needed. All connections in academic buildings have direct access to Internet 2 and Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI) computers. Through LONI, faculty and other researchers have access to the National LambdaRail.
Louisiana Tech is one of five nodes on a statewide supercomputing grid consisting of five 112-processor IBM p5-575 supercomputers connected by the high-bandwidth (40 Gbps) LONI, which is in turn tied to the National Lambda Rail. In 2008, a 512-processor Dell cluster housed on campus will join five others around the state and a central 5,440-processor Dell system in Baton Rouge to form the most powerful distributed supercomputer resource available to any academic community. The LONI network provides primary access to the Internet. An additional AT&T DS-3 line (45 Mbps) serves as a backup connection.
Students have access to wireless internet throughout the Louisiana Tech campus. Recently, a requirement was established that all incoming students in COES have a laptop computer. The recommended minimum configuration for the computer is:
A 15" diagonal screen,
Windows XP or Vista,
A 2.0 GHz processor,
1 GB RAM (2 GB is preferred),
128 MB dedicated video memory,
A display resolution of 1280 x 800 with 65,000 colors,
100 Mb wired Ethernet port,
Wireless 802.11 A/B/G network,
120 GB hard disk drive,
Inkjet multifunction printer/scanner,
Word processing, spreadsheet and presentation programs equivalent to MS Word 2007, Excel 2007 and PowerPoint 2007, and
521 MB flash memory USB storage device.
Mathcad and Solid Works are available for purchase by students at a significantly reduced rate through the campus bookstore and are required for ENGR 120.
The Prescott Memorial Library provides a wide array of resources and services, including an increasing number of services that are delivered electronically. Traditional library resources include 400,000 books, 500,000 microforms, and 2700 periodical subscriptions. The library is a U.S. Government Documents Regional Depository, one of only 53 in the nation, a U.S. Map Depository, and a State of Louisiana Documents Depository. The library houses over 2,000,000 government documents. In addition to these traditional materials, the library has numerous electronic resources available in the library or through its web page at http://www.latech.edu/library.
Library services are available to provide access to additional resources in several ways. The Interlibrary Services department provides rapid response to requests by using a web request form, digital technologies are used to provide Internet document delivery, Carl Uncover provides fax document delivery, and a statewide courier service provides book delivery. The time between an Interlibrary Loan Request and receipt of material (including books) is often 24 hours.
The Louisiana Tech University Library subscribes to the American Library Association's Inter-Library Load Code which makes virtually every major College and University library available to Tech's faculty and graduate students. The library is a member of SOLINET/OCLC. Through this organization the library can request materials for interlibrary loan from over 2,000 libraries electronically.
The Louisiana Tech Library is a member of LaLINC, Louisiana Academic Library Information Network Consortium, representing the academic libraries of Louisiana. LaLINC is the sponsor of LOUIS, Louisiana Online University Information Systems, an online network of library catalogs. The Tech Library subscribes to and makes available through the campus and engineering computing networks CARL Uncover. Uncover provides through the Internet access to table of contents of over 14,000 periodicals. The Uncover database is updated daily. Faculty orders from CARL are underwritten by the University.
The library offers computer-assisted bibliographic retrieval through DIALOG. The computer service operates on a cost-recovery basis and is available to all member of the Louisiana Tech University community. The library provides bibliographic instruction, reserved book services, book ordering, special class assignment instruction, and thesis binding.