In July, the Louisiana Tech Research Institute (LTRI) welcomed Brigadier General Gerald Goodfellow (Ret.), a 30-year Air Force veteran, as its Executive Director.
Gen. Goodfellow brings his experience as Director of Strategic Plans, Programs, and Requirements at Air Force Global Strike Command located at Barksdale Air Force Base to the new position. He spent much of his career educating and training military members and civilians including time as a professor of strategy and planning at the U.S. Army War College where he instructed Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps Officers, as well as civilian senior-level employees with the U.S. government.
Through LTRI, Louisiana Tech University provides research and development capabilities for a variety of industry and defense partners. Goodfellow will help establish LTRI as a world-class, nationally recognized resource for research, education, training, and technology innovation in strategic areas of national security.
We look forward to LTRI becoming a continually growing enterprise under Goodfellow’s leadership. Partnerships are core to Louisiana Tech’s culture, and LTRI’s cooperative collaboration with other partners will directly benefit northwest Louisiana and the nation. Goodfellow’s leadership will be crucial in cultivating unique partnerships, building and delivering new educational content, and promoting and extending novel research and development opportunities through LTRI.
LTRI will build upon the framework enabled by the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC), the Bossier community, and other regional partners to lead to unique workforce generation, research, and educational programs.
The institute is poised to grow unique core competencies in applied and translational research and education, with a scalable model and infrastructure for growth, and generate newer opportunities for sponsored engagement for our faculty and students. Through LTRI’s and Louisiana Tech’s joint efforts, we will continue to engage with the Department of Defense and other agencies as a trusted partner in finding solutions for our national security needs.
Dr. Les Guice is President of Louisiana Tech University.