Public Universities

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University is the state’s flagship research university, providing limitless possibilities for students to put new technologies to work, find new ways to feed the world, plan better ways to boost the nation’s economy and prepare for the energy needs of tomorrow. With more than 20,000 students, the comprehensive land-grant institution is often placed among the nation’s top-performing schools for excellence in instruction, research and public service.

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Research Facilities

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 Nissan Canton. 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 presents a broad array of opportunities for the study of life, encompassing 9 schools and departments. Together, they offer 16 majors and 46 concentrations for undergraduates and 10 majors and 30 concentrations for graduate degrees. Many departments house specialized research centers that have attracted large federal grants and corporate funding. 

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 better understanding in the 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 by educating 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 support various aerospace industries. Raspet has partnered with such companies as Airbus Helicopters, GE Aviation, Aurora Flight Sciences and Stark Aerospace.

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

The FAA Center of Excellence for UAS Research – Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE) focuses on research, education and training in areas critical to the 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, compatibility with air traffic control operations, and training and certification of UAS pilots and crew members. 

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