01/15/2014 09:33 AM
BATON ROUGE –LSU’s College of Engineering today announced a $1 million donation from
BASF Corporation to establish a sustainable living laboratory, the first of its kind
at LSU and in the Southeast region. The lab will promote problem-based teaching and
research to develop solutions focused on sustainable development. The project is part
of the renovation of Patrick F. Taylor Hall and engineering expansion for the College
“BASF’s contribution to LSU’s College of Engineering further reinforces our commitment
to the Louisiana community and our employees, and to putting sustainability into practice,”
said Beate Ehle, President Market and Business Development, North America for BASF
Corporation. “In support of BASF’s corporate strategy, ‘We Create Chemistry for a
sustainable future,’ the sustainable living laboratory will help to find new ways
to conserve resources and improve our quality of life.”
BASF has been part of the economic growth in Louisiana by announcing more than $350
million in investment projects since 2009 at the Geismar, La., site.
“The development and investment in the Louisiana workforce is critical to BASF’s long-term
success,” said Tom Yura, Senior Vice President and Manager of the BASF site in Geismar.
“In addition to BASF’s sustainability efforts, this project is part of our local activities
to invest in students and help them be prepared for career opportunities in engineering
and science while making a difference in the world today.”
The lab, revolutionary for LSU, will operate under a lab lease concept. Researchers
may submit proposals for consideration, which will be evaluated on innovation, relevance
and benefits, and community impact. Additionally, the lab will serve as a teaching
tool for students and the community to better understand research and implications
of environmental stewardship.
“BASF Corporation’s generous donation strengthens our strategic partnership in sustainable
living initiatives,” said LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander. “This unique
gift positions LSU to be a leader in the U.S. and globally.”
BASF’s contribution will receive the one-to-one state match provided by the State
of Louisiana under the agreement between the state and LSU to expand its engineering
“By investing in the sustainable living lab, BASF is pioneering innovative approaches
to enlighten our community on sustainability issues and how to best nourish a growing
culture of environmental stewardship,” said Rick Koubek, Dean and Bert S. Turner Chair,
College of Engineering. “It is our desire that this laboratory will serve as a catalyst
in furthering the sustainability initiatives on LSU’s campus and highlighting the
importance of fostering creative problem solving in our communities.”
BASF’s support of LSU also includes a recent $100,000 donation to the LSU Career Center,
$25,000 in annual BASF Team Chemistry scholarships to College of Engineering students,
and recognition of a Professor of Excellence each semester. In addition, BASF employees
who are LSU alumni help mentor and support students through various programs and organizations
About LSU’s College of Engineering
Founded in 1908, the LSU College of Engineering offers 11 undergraduate degree programs and confers approximately 650 bachelor’s degrees per year, ranking it in the top 10 percent nationally for graduates. In 2013, it became the largest college in Louisiana and the fifth fastest growing engineering college in the nation. One-hundred-and-thirty-five faculty members engage in education, research, and commercialization with a strategic focus on research indigenous to Louisiana: energy and environmental sustainability, and natural and built infrastructure. For more information, visit http://www.eng.lsu.edu/.
BASF - The Chemical Company
BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, N.J., is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 16,600 employees in North America, and had sales of $18.5 billion in 2012. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit www.basf.us.
BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio
ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products
to oil and gas. BASF combines economic success with environmental protection and social
responsibility. Through science and innovation, BASF enables customers in nearly every
industry to meet the current and future needs of society. BASF’s products and solutions
contribute to conserving resources, ensuring nutrition and improving quality of life.
BASF has summed up this contribution in its corporate purpose: “We create chemistry
for a sustainable future.”
BASF had sales of €72.1 billion in 2012 and more than 110,000 employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available at www.basf.com.
Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014