Engineering Innovation


Every Tuesday and Friday

8:00 am - 4:30 pm (no appointment necessary)

3250E Patrick F. Taylor Hall

Brian Shedd

ENGINEERING INNOVATION is operated by Brian Shedd, Ph.D.

Brian is currently the Assistant Director at the Office of Innovation & Technology Commercialization.

For more on his background, please check out his LinkedIn profile.


Phone: (225) 615-8941

Stop by if you need assistance, have questions, or just want to talk about your research.




Click HERE to download the latest ENGINEERING INNOVATION activity report for the College of Engineering

This report covers the period from November 2016 - May 2017 (6 months)



LSU LIFT2 Fund – Leveraging Innovation for Technology Transfer

The LSU LIFT2 Fund was created by the LSU Board of Supervisors in January of 2014 to help “Leverage Innovation for Technology Transfer” across all the campuses of the LSU system. A primary objective of technology transfer at LSU, like most other research universities nationwide, is the transition of innovations from the academy to the marketplace for public use and benefit. Many discoveries, however, require significant additional development to prove sufficient technical feasibility to attract commercial partners. Funding for this type of research is difficult to obtain from either government or private sources, leaving many promising innovations languishing in a funding gap often referred to as “the valley of death.” The LIFT2 Fund is specifically designed to increase the number of LSU innovations licensed to industry partners. Grants awarded from the LIFT2 Fund will provide LSU’s entrepreneurial and creative community with small “proof-of-concept” funds to support further commercialization of innovations, help establish data which can support commercial feasibility of the innovations, and thus reduce the risk for companies interested in licensing them. “Innovations” are defined broadly, to include both creative and artistic works as well as devices, drugs, software, and other more traditional concepts; thus, faculty from all disciplines on all LSU campuses are encouraged to consider an application. The LSU LIFT2 Fund will typically have two grant award cycles to faculty innovators per year, on a competitive basis, with individual grants in amounts up to $50,000. The grant funds must be used to further develop an innovation on record in an LSU campus technology transfer office (TTO) that has not yet been licensed, optioned or otherwise committed to a commercial partner.

Request for Proposals – Round Seven
Release Date: July 1, 2017
Early Submission Dates: August 15, September 15 & October 15, 2017
Final Due Date: November 15, 2017
Award Date: December 15, 2017
Submissions shall be made before 5 pm



ENGINEERING INNOVATION provides support in 3 key areas:

ResourcesEducationStudent Support





Innovation Corps (or I-Corps) is an NSF-funded entrepreneur education program that provides $3,000 to teams to conduct early stage market analysis and customer identification. LSU Has been an I-Corps site since 2016 and has already put 19 teams through the program, many of which have gone on to form companies around their technologies.

Check out information and register for the program here:

Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week 2016

BREW is a week-long series of events to celebrate entrepreneurship and innovation in the Baton Rouge Area. Entrepreneurs in the region and state are encouraged to come together to work, learn, play, teach, and show off. Be sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

The Opening Night of BREW was a huge success!!
Held on Monday, November 14th from 4:30pm - 6:30pm at the Louisiana Emerging Technology Center
Check out highlights from the event HERE

Innovation & Commercialization Workshop

ENGINEERING INNOVATION launched on Tuesday November 1st with its first event, an all-day workshop in partnership with the LSU Office of Innovation and Technology Commercialization, Kean Miller, Jones Walker, the Louisiana Technology Transfer Office, and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center on innovation and commercialization featuring speakers from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. All of the presentations from the event are available for download, and are recommended for anyone interested in learning more about patents, trademarks, and startup resources in Louisiana.

View the presentations from the event HERE