BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — United States Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La) visited LSU to tour the Petroleum Engineering Research, Training and Testing (PERTT) Laboratory to discuss Louisiana’s future energy plans.

The laboratory is an industrial facility with full-scale equipment used for research and to train future petroleum engineers. According to LSU, PERTT is used as an asset in making petroleum tools used for drilling and production for both land and offshore.

“For Louisiana to prosper, we need to adapt to the new economy,” said Dr. Cassidy. “In a variety of ways, we saw today how LSU is seizing the opportunity and developing the potential to help our state transition the way we must.”

Sen. Cassidy helped secure $1 million in community funding for LSU’s new Cyber-PERTT initiative. With Radiance Technologies, PERTT is suggesting incorporating flexible cyber architecture into their laboratory, with the goal to develop an industrial cybersecurity platform to analyze, test, and train to defend digital attacks on physical energy infrastructure.

Accompanying Sen. Cassidy was LSU’s President, Dr. William F. Tate, IV and the Department Chair of Petroleum Engineering, Dr. Karsten Thompson.

“We appreciate Senator Cassidy taking the time to visit the PERTT lab today,” said Dr. Thompson. “It was an opportunity to showcase current R&D projects we are conducting for industry sponsors, and to update him on the state and federal investments that will occur over the next two years for CCUS-related infrastructure at the lab.”