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Ameco opens a store in Prairieville

Ameco, a construction and maintenance services company, opened an operations center in Prairieville.

Location at 15089 Airline Highway will support capital construction, operations and maintenance, shutdown and restoration, and disaster relief efforts for engineering, procurement and construction contractors .

Ameco said it is currently working on capital construction projects worth $12 billion from the new facility. The location has 8,000 square feet of office and warehouse space on 6.5 acres.

LSU Selected by Amazon as Educational Partner

LSU has been selected as an educational partner for Amazon’s Career Choice program, providing hourly employees who live in Louisiana and work for the company with access to online and on-campus bachelor’s degrees and college credit certificates abbreviated.

The university plans to offer college credit degrees and certificates to Amazon employees through LSU, LSU Shreveport, LSU Eunice and LSU Alexandria.

The career choice program allows employees to acquire new skills. In the United States, Amazon is investing $1.2 billion to upgrade the skills of more than 300,000 employees by 2025 to help them access higher-paying, in-demand jobs.

For more information on Amazon’s Career Choice, visit

Red Stick Social expands hours and announces new management

After reducing its hours of operation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Red Stick Social is once again operational seven days a week.

The Government Street business offers bowling, live music, private event space, food and drink spread over five levels.

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The company has a new management team.

Michael Hueffer is managing director. The Baton Rouge native has over 30 years of experience in the high-volume service industry and hotel management.

Derrick Milton, Executive Chef, is another Baton Rouge native. He has over 25 years of culinary experience

Julie Ybarra, Acting Director of Sales, has more than 20 years of experience in sales and management of corporate and event events.

Later this month, Red Stick Social will begin improvements and upgrades to its outdoor green space, including the installation of a large permanent outdoor stage and an all-weather artificial surface to replace the existing temporary stage. and grass area. Other planned upgrades to the outdoor space include the addition of a container bar, shade structures and seating. Interior upgrades are also planned to enhance the food and beverage offerings as well as the expanded private events and entertainment space.

LSU computer science professor studies smartphone security

Chen Wang, an assistant professor of computer science at LSU, is working on a hand verification method that ensures the correct user is holding a smartphone before viewing potentially sensitive content, such as incoming calls, emails, or messages. app notifications.

Wang is working with third-year doctoral student Long Huang on security measures.

When a notification tone plays, the phone’s microphone records the sound. An AI-based algorithm processes sound and extracts biometric features to match the user’s feature profile or registered grip. If there is a match, the verification is successful and the notification preview is displayed on the screen.

Because the sounds in music are signals, they can be absorbed, reflected, or refracted by our hands.

“Because people have different hand sizes, finger lengths, holding strengths and hand shapes, the impacts on sounds are different and can be learned and distinguished by AI,” Wang said.

Wang plans to commercialize these techniques in three years.

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