The MS e–Center@JSU attracts and supports research centers, institutes and laboratories dedicated to scientific excellence and innovative technology. As the MS e-Center@JSU creates a favorable business, research and development environment, it identifies governmental incentives, tax breaks, and philanthropic and corporate resources.

Through its School of Health Sciences, Jackson State University offers undergraduate and graduate courses of study in the health care profession, including a Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate of Public Health with an Epidemiology concentration. Designated as a high research activity university, JSU continues to enhance the state through comprehensive economic development, health care, and technological and educational initiatives.



The Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS) at Mississippi State University helps businesses improve engineering, manufacturing and design technologies. CAVS includes an entire department specializing in the simulation and experimentation of aerospace materials. The center also has a facility in Starkville as well as an extension center in Canton, just across the interstate from the Nissan plant. The CAVS locations provide both research and development capabilities, as well as continued education and training for new and current industry employees.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences trains professional foresters and agronomists, while the university prepares undergraduates and graduate students in microbiology and chemistry disciplines.

The Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University operates 16 branch experiment stations and research units throughout the state. Each center focuses on a specific field of study, ranging from cattle production, to exploratory seafood processing, to truck crops. These extensions serve to conduct research and education programs aimed at developing a better understanding and use of renewable and nonrenewable resources in the state.

The Franklin Furniture Institute at Mississippi State University conducts research focused on furniture design, production, performance, distribution and marketing. The facility has extensive testing capabilities and offers technical support to deliver new technologies, methods and findings to the furniture industry. The institute helps to ensure a high-quality workforce to educate future managers and industry leaders.

The Raspet Flight Research Laboratory at Mississippi State University specializes in the design and testing of materials to support rapid prototyping for lighter-weight aircraft. The business incubator at Raspet also offers technical training, manufacturing space and other assets to various aerospace industries. Raspet has partnered with such companies as Airbus Helicopters, GE Aviation and Aurora Flight sciences. GE Aviation, Aurora Flight Sciences and Stark Aerospace launched their Mississippi operations at the Raspet Laboratory.

The Sustainable Energy Research Center (SERC) integrates studies relating to fuels, economics, policies and feedstock research. Current SERC research focuses on bio-oil production, bio-crude oil, ligno-cellulosic conversion, feedstocks and syngas-to-gasoline.

The FAA’s Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (COE UAS) focuses on research, education, and training in areas critical to safe and successful integration of UAS into the nation’s airspace. The team brings together 15 of the nation’s leading UAS and aviation universities that have a proven commitment to UAS research and development. The COE research areas are expected to evolve over time, but initially include the following: detect and avoid technology; low-altitude operations safety; control and communications; spectrum management; human factors; compatibility with air traffic control operations; and training and certification of UAS pilots and other crewmembers, in addition to other areas. Visit the ASSURE website.



The Center for Manufacturing Excellence (CME) at the University of Mississippi offers a degree in engineering that prepares students for careers in manufacturing. The CME is advised by numerous industry executives including those from nearby GE Aviation and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi. The CME also has extensive research facilities, numerous existing co-op programs and the flexibility to provide extension programs to companies that wish to work with CME staff and students.

The Composite Materials Research Group at the University of Mississippi is actively involved in composite materials research and has developed a nationally recognized program in pultrusion research. Recent research grant supporters include the National Science Foundation, the USAF, Martin Marietta, NASA, USDA, the Electric Power Research Institute and numerous companies in the composite industry.

The Mississippi Center for Supercomputing Research at the University of Mississippi provides free accounts to students to help them gain practical experience for STEM professions.

The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson houses the schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, graduate studies, health-related professions and pharmacy. In 2013, construction of a new 151,000-square-foot facility began in order to increase the capacity of the school of medicine to more than 160 incoming students each year.



The Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT) at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg provides a competitive advantage to logistics and supply chain businesses and government agencies through its Logistics, Trade and Transportation programs. With three locations along the Gulf Coast, CLTT’s areas of expertise include logistics and supply chain modeling, infrastructure security and hazards, geographic information systems (GIS) analysis, transportation systems evaluation and freight-based economic development.

The Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) at the University of Southern Mississippi is a national leader in the study of composites, advanced materials, polymers and plastics. MPI helps companies in the plastics/polymers industry find solutions, train employees, and improve processes and products. The institute has one of the most advanced rapid prototyping systems in the world.