Centers and Institutes

Office of the Vice President For Research and Economic Development

Office of Research and Economic Development

Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE)

Twenty-one of the world's leading research universities and over a hundred leading industry, government partners led by Mississippi State comprise the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence, or ASSURE. ASSURE is the Federal Aviation Administration’s Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aerial Systems. ASSURE is dedicated to turning UAS research into FAA rules to get UAS flying in our national airspace system. For more information, Lux Luxion at or 662-325-8278.

Center for Cyber Innovation

The Center for Cyber Innovation (CCI) is part of the High Performance Computing Collaboratory at Mississippi State University. CCI develops cutting-edge solutions for Defense, Homeland Security and the Intelligence Community. The primary focus of the CCI is to research, prototype and deliver cutting-edge cyber solutions that support global national security, homeland security and peacekeeping operations. Please contact Dr. Drew Hamilton at or 662-325-2294 for additional information.

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

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, please contact Dr. Clay Walden at or 662-325-5431.

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, please contact Zach Rowland at 662-325-3019 or

Institute for Market Studies

The mission of the Institute for Market Studies is to support the study of markets. Its support provides opportunities for undergraduate programs, graduate students and faculty across a broad range of disciplines, including economics, finance, management, political science, history and philosophy. For more information, contact Dr. Claudia Williamson at 662.325.6717 or or Dr. Brandon Cline at 662.325.7477 or Website coming soon.

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, please contact Dr. Allen Parrish at or 662-325-3570.

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, please contact Betsey Smith at or 662-325-2510.

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, please contact interim director Leah Kemp at 662-325-8671

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

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, please contact Dr. Jimmy Hardin at or 662-325-3826.

Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development

JCSIGThe 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, please contact Dr. Dallas Breen at 662-325-8203 or

College of Business

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

America Reads - Mississippi (AmeriCorps)

America Reads - Mississippi (AmeriCorps) is dedicated to improving the reading skills of students, encouraging public awareness and support of literacy, and helping to increase the number of certified teachers in Mississippi. For more information, please contact Theresa Hall-Brown at 662-325-9313 or

Mississippi Migrant Education Service Center

Mississippi Migrant Education Service Center (MMESC) is a federal program that offers supplemental and supportive educational services to ensure that migrant students and youth are receiving appropriate educational services to enable them to achieve high academic standards by overcoming the obstacles created by cultural and language differences and the educational disruption stemming from frequent moves. The following are some of the services the MMESC provides: summer instructional programs, after school tutorial services, school supplies, advocacy and credit accrual among others. The MMESC is funded through the Mississippi Department of Education and is housed in the College of Education at Mississippi State University. For more information, please contact Gabriella (Gabby) Davis at 662-325-1815 or

MSU World Class Teaching Program

MSU World Class Teaching Program is a university-based initiative designed to recruit and mentor teachers pursuing advanced certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) process. For more information, please contact Dr. Tina Scholtes at 662-325-3721

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, please contact Dr. Beth Jackson 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. The T.K. Martin Center provides early intervention assessment and intervention to children from birth to age 5 through Project IMPACT. It also hosts the Express Yourself! art program for individuals with significant physical disabilities. For more information, please contact Ms. Janie Cirlot-New at 662-325-0520 or

The Learning Center

The Learning Center (TLC) supports Mississippi State University students in improving academic performance and in enhancing lifelong learning skills. TLC offers university credit courses, support programs, workshops, seminars, tutoring services, academic coaching, and state of the art technology labs. For more information, contact Dr. Clay Armstrong at 662-325-2957 or

Bagley 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, please contact Dr. Clay Walden at or 662-325-5431.

CAVS Extension

CAVS Extension is focused on delivering solutions to business, industry and manufacturing, and has a strong track record of results working with teams across a wide variety of products and services. Engagement occurs through professional development training and on-site engineering support with experienced staff. For more information, contact Dr. Clay Walden at 601.407.2713 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. Joni Kluss at 662-325-3842 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

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.

Extension Service

Center for Government and Community Development

The Center for Government and Community Development (GCD) is a unit of the Mississippi State University Extension Service, which is located within the Division of Agriculture, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University. The center's staff design and deliver educational programs, training activities, information, and technical assistance in response to the high priority economic and community development needs of Mississippi communities and their citizens. Participants in GCD programs include local government leaders, community-based organizations, state and local agencies, and business enterprises. Contact department head Sumner Davis at for additional information.

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 Steven Turner at for additional information.

Joint Office of Research and Economic Development and Bagley College of Engineering

Raspet Flight Research Laboratory (RFRL)

RFRLRaspet Flight Research Laboratory (RFRL) (RFRL) is the largest equipped university flight research lab in the country. Raspet serves as a state-of-the-art flight test facility to support general aviation, defense and military aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems development. For more information, please contact Dallas Brooks at 662-268-6156 or

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

Marvin B. Dow Advanced Composites Institute

Joint Office of Research and Economic Development and Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine

Center of Biomedical Research Excellence

The Center of Biomedical Research Excellence at MSU focuses on cutting edge research on the relationship of pathogens and hosts. It is funded by a competitive grant from the new Center for Research Capacity Building (CRCB) in the National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), which is a unit of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) Program is part of the Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Program. For more information, contact Dr. Stephen Pruett at 662.325.1130 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

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish (FIL)

Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish (FIL) aims to reduce poverty and improve nutrition, food security, and livelihoods in developing countries by supporting the sustainable development of aquaculture and fisheries. To achieve these goals, the FIL supports research and capacity-building activities targeting three program areas:
1. Improve productivity of aquaculture and fisheries
2. Reduce and mitigate risks to aquaculture and fisheries
3. Improve human outcomes from the aquaculture and fisheries sector

The FIL was created in September 2018 and is a five-year grant to support USAID’s agricultural research and capacity building work under Feed the Future (FTF), the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative. Mississippi State University (MSU) is the program’s Management Entity (ME). The University of Rhode Island, Texas State University, Washington University St. Louis, and RTI International serve as FIL ME Partners. Activities will target FTF countries, and first year research activities are being implemented in Bangladesh, Nigeria, Kenya, and Zambia. Dr. Mark Lawrence ( is the director

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 visit the institute's website.

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 Dr. L. Jason Krutz at 662.325.8335 or

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. Jonathan Pote at 662.325.2170 or