Centers and Institutes

Office of the Vice President For Research and Economic Development
Office of Research and Economic Development
Institute for Systems Engineering Research (ISER)

Located at the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, the Institute for Systems Engineering Research's (ISER) mission is to improve engineering, design, and process systems by developing next-generation computational tools for new systems and products. The institute seeks to mitigate risk, reduce cost and improve efficiency by revolutionizing system engineering processes and virtual prototyping through computational science and engineering leading to a dual use capacity that will enhance innovation in the DoD and the U.S. industrial base. ISER serves as an additional asset for the state's industrial base for systems engineering related tasks, and is creating an environment that draws DoD and civilian industry development to the state of Mississippi. ISER is a collaborative effort between Mississippi State University (MSU) and ERDC. For more information, contact Randy Jones at 601.634.3673 or

Institute for Computational Research in Engineering and Science (ICRES)

The Institute for Computational Research in Engineering and Science (ICRES) strives to be a world-class center of excellence for research, technology and education equipped to address engineering challenges facing the nation's industrial base. Utilizing high performance computational resources and state-of-the-art analytical tools for modeling, simulation and experimentation, ICRES will provide a distinctive, interdisciplinary environment that will support economic development and outreach activities throughout the State of Mississippi and beyond. The institute is composed of three MSU research/economic development centers: Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS) in Starkville; Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Extension (CAVS-E) in Canton; and the Institute for Systems Engineering Research (ISER) in Vicksburg. For more information, contact Roger King at 662.325.5431 or

Center for Safety & Health

CSHCenter for Safety & Health is the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) consultation program for Mississippi. It provides assistance to the employers or managers of small and medium size high-hazard businesses in MS by helping them come into compliance with the regulations of OSHA. For more information, contact Mr. Kelly Tucker at 601.825.0783 or

High Performance Computing Collaboratory

HPCCHigh Performance Computing Collaboratory is a coalition of member centers and groups that share a common core objective of advancing the state-of-the-art in computational sciences and engineering using high performance computing. Member centers include Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS), Center for Battlefield Innovation (CBI), Center for Computational Sciences (CCS), Geosystems Research Institute (GRI), Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing, and Biotechnology (IGBB), and Northern Gulf Institute (NGI). For more information, contact Mr. Trey Breckenridge at 662.325.8278 or

Mississippi State Chemical Lab (MSCL)

MSCLMississippi State Chemical Lab (MSCL) provides the analytical data to assure quality, labeling, and safety of fertilizers, animal feeds, human foods, pesticides, and petroleum products in Mississippi. MSCL also checks private water supplies, provides assistance to industry, performs analysis of toxic chemicals for farmers, hospitals, doctors, veterinarians, law enforcement agencies and provides other analyses of interest to our citizens. For more information, contact Dr. Ashli Brown at 662.325.3324 or

National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center (nSPARC)

nSPARCNational Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center (nSPARC) uses administrative data for strategic planning in economic, workforce, business, and community development. The center provides highly technical expertise in the management and analysis of complex administrative databases from various federal, state, regional, and local entities. For more information, contact Dr. Domenico Parisi at 662.325.6085 or

Research and Curriculum Unit

RCUResearch and Curriculum Unit conducts activities such as curriculum development, personnel development, program improvement, and research to improve career and technical education and workforce development in Mississippi. The RCU offers many unique services for the state of Mississippi. For more information, contact Julie Jordan at 662.325.7266 or

Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies

Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies (I²AT) unifies the resources of MSU's Electron Microscope Center and Institute for Neurocognitive Science and Technology. The institute houses major research instrumentation representing significant research infrastructure, and serves as a university core facility. Instrumentation is available to faculty/staff/students; enables, maintains and grows research infrastructure; supports research; promotes multidisciplinary efforts; contributes to the growth and success of MSU's research enterprise; facilitates teaching in STEM areas; and efficiently provides high-tech services to the greater MSU community. For more information, contact Giselle Thibaudeau at 662-325-3019 or

Distributed Analytics and Security Institute

The Distributed Analytics and Security Institute ( (DASI) is part of the High Performance Computing Collaboratory at Mississippi State University. DASI is dedicated to excellence in the areas of distributed computing, big data analytics, cyber security, and critical infrastructure protection. The primary focus of the DASI is to coordinate, facilitate, and expand research activities across academic and research units involved in the application of high performance distributed computing platforms to the areas of big data analytics, cyber security, and critical infrastructure protection. DASI also provides science-based strategies aimed at increasing our ability to process large volumes of data in a highly secure way over a secure infrastructure. For additional information, contact Dr. David A. Dampier at or 662.325.2756.

College of Architecture, Art and Design
Carl Small Town Center

CSTCCarl Small Town Center improves the quality of life and creates economic opportunity in small towns by improving their physical environment. The center researches this link between a town and its environment by providing planning and design services to small towns throughout the state of Mississippi. For more information, contact Mr. John Poros at 662-325-2207 or

Educational Design Institute (EDI)

EDIEducational Design Institute (EDI) provides assistance in the planning of learner-centered environments for children in the public schools of Mississippi. The mission of EDI is to bring community, schools, and students together to design buildings that actually make education better. For more information, contact Dr. Cynthia Ward at 662.325.9225 or

The Gulf Coast Community Design Studio

GCCDThe Gulf Coast Community Design Studio is embedded in Biloxi, MS and provides planning and architectural design assistance to communities and nonprofit organizations following Hurricane Katrina. Since Katrina struck in August 2005 the design studio work has led to over 150 new houses and redevelopment plans for neighborhoods along the Gulf Coast. For more information visit or contact David Perkes at 228.436.4661 or

College of Arts and Sciences
Biological & Physical Sciences Research Institute

Biological & Physical Sciences Research Institute encourages research in the basic and applied biological and physical sciences within the College of Arts & Sciences. The institute assists in the preparation and submission of research proposals and serves as a liaison between the researcher and the Office of Research. For more information, contact Dr. Walter Diehl at 662.325.8534 or

Center for Computational Sciences

CCSCenter for Computational Sciences fosters interdisciplinary research in the fundamental understanding and application of the natural sciences. The center develops integrated computational environments and crosscutting tools allowing a comprehensive, cross-disciplinary approach to problem-solving. For more information, contact Dr. Seong-Gon Kim at 662.325.8278 or

Cobb Institute of Archaeology

CIACobb Institute of Archaeology promotes archaeological research and education at MSU related to the Middle Eastern origins of Western Civilization and to the Indians of the South. The Institute's facilities house the Lois Dowdle Cobb Museum of Archaeology and its artifact collections. For more information, contact Dr. Joe Seger at 662.325.3826 or

Institute for the Humanities

IHInstitute for the Humanities promotes research, scholarship, and creative works in the humanistic disciplines and increases the visibility of the humanities generally, both within the university and the community. For more information, contact Dr. William Hay at 662.494.2289 or

The John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development

JCSIGThe John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development is often called on to provide technical assistance and consultation to local governments and community leaders regarding economic and community development matters. Foundations look to Stennis for quality research and study of public policy issues. For more information, contact Dr. Eddie French at 662.325.2711 or

College of Business
Center for Family Enterprise Research

CFERCenter for Family Enterprise Research conducts and promotes original research on family business and provides educational and research opportunities for students. The center disseminates the results of research to family businesses in Mississippi in order to improve their management and performance. For more information, contact Dr. Jim Chrisman at 662.325.1991 or

Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Founded five years ago, the Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation is a university-wide resource located in the College of Business with a vision to grow and foster a culture of entrepreneurship. The E-Center supports start-ups with various resources, provides business planning and mentoring with MSU partners, grows an alumni network of entrepreneurs, and partners with industry and academic thought leaders to expand opportunities - academic, research and otherwise. The E-Center currently assists an average of 50 start-ups and entrepreneurs from all campus disciplines, as well as manages a bi-annual seminar class averaging more than 100 students per semester. For more information, please contact Eric Hill at or 662-325-3521.

College of Education
Center for Educational Partnerships

CEPCenter for Educational Partnerships provides educational extension services to the public schools of Mississippi. Services include, but are not limited to, curriculum development, technical consultation, and educational research. For more information, contact Dr. Cynthia Ward at 662.325.3720 or

Early Childhood Institute

ECIEarly Childhood Institute provides training, technical assistance, and applied research for improved quality and accessibility of early care and education across Mississippi. Faculty from across the colleges participate in the work of the institute. For more information, contact interim director Dr. Gail Lindsey at 662.325.5378 or

Mississippi Writing/Thinking Institute

MWTIMississippi Writing/Thinking Institute subcontracts with Mississippi University's National Writing Project Sites to provide various programs to school districts across Mississippi. The Institute also provides direct programming for statewide initiatives. For more information, contact Dr. Glenn McGee at 662.325.7777 or

National Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision

RRTCBLVNational Research and Training Center on Blindness and Low Vision enhances employment and independent living outcomes for individuals who are blind or visually impaired through research, training, education, and dissemination. For more information, contact director Dr. Michele McDonnall at 662.325.2001 or

T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability

TKT.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability provides comprehensive, multi-disciplinary evaluations to remove limitations through the application of assistive technology, allowing individuals to participate in educational, vocational and leisure activities to the fullest. For more information, contact Ms. Janie Cirlot-New at 662.325.0520 or

College of Engineering
Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS)

CAVSCenter for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS) is an interdisciplinary center that provides engineering, research, development, and technology transfer teams focused on complex problems, such as those encountered in technologies designed to improve human mobility. For more information, contact Dr. Roger King at 662.325.5431 or

Center for Computer Security Research (CCSR)

Center for Computer Security Research (CCSR) is dedicated to the scientific exploration of computer vulnerabilities with the objective of improving prevention and detection techniques through core research areas. CCSR promotes computer security education and research. For more information, contact Dr. Ray Vaughn at 662.325.3570 or

High Voltage Laboratory

HVLHigh Voltage Laboratory is an independent, non-industrial, university center for high voltage engineering. High Voltage Laboratory provides a broader effort designed to meet the research and evaluation/testing needs of industry and utilities, and the necessary environment for a basic academic program associated with high voltage engineering. For more information, contact Dr. Stanislaw Grzybowski at 662.325.2148 or

Institute for Clean Energy Technology (ICET)

ICETInstitute for Clean Energy Technology (ICET) serves as a bridge between basic science and large scale engineering applications for advanced energy systems. ICET focuses its research on process efficiency, resource recovery, and life-cycle impact. For more information, contact Dr. Charles Waggoner at 662.325.7601 or

Raspet Flight Research Laboratory (RFRL)

RFRLRaspet Flight Research Laboratory (RFRL) is the largest equipped university flight research facility in the country. RFRL serves as a state of the art flight test facility to support the generalaviation, defense, and military industries in aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicle development. For more information, contact Dr. Lori Bruce at 662.325.2270 or

College of Forest Resources
Forest and Wildlife Research Center

The mission of the Forest & Wildlife Research Center is to expand through research the fundamental and applied knowledge upon which forestry, forest products, and wildlife & fisheries disciplines are based; to assist in conserving, developing, and using the forest, forest products, wildlife and fisheries resources of Mississippi, the nation, and other countries through research, technology transfer, and other service activities.

Franklin Furniture Institute

FFIFranklin Furniture Institute (FFI) mission is to help build sustainability and enhance the international competitiveness of the furniture industry and its suppliers and retailers while enhancing the economic growth of the state and region. FFI offers technical assistance, research, testing, export assistance, education and training to furniture and related industries. Training is offered in the areas of workforce development, supervisory management, lean manufacturing, value-stream mapping, plant layout, time and motion, frame design, and sustainability. Contact: Bill Martin, Director, 662.325.3348,

Extension Service
Center for Governmental Technology

The Center for Governmental Technology for more than three decades has been a leader in the development and implementation of technical assistance and educational programs for local government officials. Through these technical assistance and educational programs, the CGT assists local government officials, local units of government, and associations of local government in their efforts to improve governance at the grassroots and delivery of services to the citizens of Mississippi. The CGT does not take an advocacy role in the business, legislative, or political affairs of the local governments or local government associations with which it works. Contact department head Sumner Davis at

Southern Rural Development Center

The Southern Rural Development Center seeks to strengthen the capacity of the region's 29 land-grant institutions to address critical contemporary rural development issues impacting the well-being of people and communities in the rural South. Contact director Lionel J. “Bo” Beaulieu at

Joint Office of Research and Economic Development and Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine
Center for Environmental Health Sciences

Center for Environmental Health SciencesCenter for Environmental Health Sciences unites researchers from several MSU units to focus on unique projects to maintain and improve the quality of environmental health in Mississippi, the nation and the world. A primary emphasis is investigation of the adverse effects of environmentally relevant chemicals on organisms including humans, with the goals of providing quantitative, mechanism-based science useful in regulatory decisions or strategies to eliminate these adverse effects. For more information, contact Dr. Jan Chambers at 662.325.1255 or

Energy Institute

EIThe Energy Institute (EI) at Mississippi State University (MSU) was created in 2008 to provide a mechanism to coordinate energy research at MSU, to encourage scientists and engineers to work together on energy projects, and to provide an atmosphere to exchange ideas and develop creative solutions for the complex energy challenges facing the world today. The EI at Mississippi State University is comprised of five research organizations: The Institute of Clean Energy Technology (ICET), the Micro-Cooling Heating and Power (CHP) group, Save Energy Now (Southeastern Center for Industrial Energy Intensity Reduction), the Southeast Clean Energy Application Center (CEAC), and the Sustainable Energy Research Center (SERC). The EI works to develop new technologies to promote energy efficiency through combined heating and power concepts and energy audits, as well as developing technology to generate renewable transportation and heating fuel from biomass. For additional information, please contact Dr. Jonathan Pote at 662.325.2107 or

Geosystems Research Institute (GRI)

GRIGeosystems Research Institute (GRI) acquires and disseminates knowledge about earth and its systems, integrates geosciences and engineering, translates geospatial technologies and skills into useful tools, and transitions science and technology into practice.  For more information, contact Dr. Robert Moorhead at 662.325.2850 or

Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology (IGBB)

Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology (IGBB) was established to improve the human condition by improving the security of health, food, fuel, the environment and the economy of our state and nation. For more information, contact Dr. Dan Peterson at

International Institute

The International Institute at Mississippi State University coordinates and leads a wide variety of activities that enhance and advance the land-grant institution's teaching, service and research in communities around the world. For additional information, please contact Interim Executive Director Jon Rezek at or 662-325-1970.

Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute

The Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute provides a statewide center of expertise in water and associated land-use and serves as a repository of knowledge for use in education, research, planning and community service. The WRRI goals are to serve public and private interests in the conservation, development, and use of water resources; to provide training opportunities in higher education whereby skilled professionals become available to serve government and private sector alike; to assist planning and regulatory bodies at the local, state, regional, and federal levels; to communicate research findings to potential users in a form that encourages quick comprehension and direct application to water related problems; to assist state agencies in the development and maintenance of a state water management plan; and to facilitate and stimulate planning and management. Contact director interim director Dr. Joe Street at or 662.325.3295.

Northern Gulf Institute (NGI)

NGINorthern Gulf Institute (NGI) conducts high-impact research and education programs in the Northern Gulf of Mexico region focused on integration. The program contributes to the recovery and future health, safety, resilience and productivity of the region, through sustained research and applications in a geospatial and ecosystem context. For more information, contact Dr. Robert Moorhead at 662-325-2850 or

Social Science Research Center (SSRC)

SSRCSocial Science Research Center (SSRC) conducts research on social, economic, political, human resource, and social, environmental problems facing the state, nation and world. SSRC provides a support system for the university to plan, develop, secure funding for, and conduct social research on problems of interest to the scientific community and consumers of research findings. For more information, contact Dr. Arthur Cosby at 662.325.7127 or

Joint Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine and College of Engineering
Sustainable Energy Research Center (SERC)

SERCSustainable Energy Research Center (SERC) creates an infrastructure for coordinated interdisciplinary collaboration at MSU in the development of environmentally and economically sustainable energy sources specific to the southeastern United States. SERC is a catalyst for forging partnerships between academia, business, and the U.S. government. For more information, contact Dr. Glenn Steele at 662.325.7938 or