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Director named at tech center in Lafayette, La.

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LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The chairwoman of the commission that oversees the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise Center has taken over as the research center's chief executive officer.

The Advocate reported (http://bit.ly/1ts0dtV) Paula Carson replaces Kam Ng, who resigned July 31 to move to Boston where he was offered a job as a consultant in acoustics.

The center, which opened in 2006, was developed as a partnership of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and local and state economic development agencies to stimulate economic development derived from technology. It is located in the university's research park.

Center spokeswoman Skyra Rideaux said Carson will retain duties as an assistant vice president of institutional planning and development at the university.

Ng began work as the center's CEO in June 2012 after his retirement as deputy research director for the Office of Naval Research.

The center's proposed budget for 2014-15 is nearly $2.1 million.

Carson said the university has supported the center's mission financially in the past, but this is the final year of that financial boost. The university's support has ranged from as high as $2.8 million in the past to $755,000 in the current 2014-15 fiscal year that began July 1.

Carson said the center is on track to fulfill its goal of self-sufficiency this year.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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