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3/6/15 - Mississippi State hosting export control sessions March 18-19

The offices of Research and Economic Development and of Research Security at Mississippi State are sponsoring a series of export control training sessions this month.

“Anyone who is involved with foreign companies or entities or foreign nationals in their research or work environment is invited to attend one of these presentations,” said Neil Lewis, the director of research security at MSU.

“Export control laws and regulations can have an impact on how you perform your research and interact with foreign businesses or foreign nationals,” he said.

Open to all, including industry representatives and faculty and staff from other institutions, the seminars will be held on March 18 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Bost Extension Center theater and from 2-6 p.m. in 301 Carpenter Hall, and on March 19 from 8 a.m. to noon in the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems’ seminar room and from 1-5 p.m. in Colvard Student Union’s Fowlkes Auditorium. Each of the four sessions will cover the same information, but offered over a two-day period to facilitate participation.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required. Please visit to register.

Please note that non-MSU participants will need a visitor parking pass from MSU Parking Services via While there is no charge for the first pass, additional ones are $2 each.

Suzanne Palmer and Lisa Bencivenga with Export Compliance Solutions LLC of Annapolis, Maryland, will be presenting important information, including a basic understanding in Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arm Regulations (ITAR) and the Office of Foreign Assets Controls (OFAC). Additionally, the Export Control Reform Initiative will be discussed.

According to Lewis, ECS is well known for its training academy that was developed to assist the defense industry in its understanding of the very complex maze of federal regulations that controls exports and imports administered by the departments of State and Commerce.

The State Department has also used ECS to perform investigative audits of companies that have violated export compliance regulations, he said.

Export compliance is an important issue at Mississippi State and other major research universities around the country, as well as for U.S.-based companies operating internationally.

“The civil and criminal penalties for non-compliance of export regulations are severe, and they are levied against employees performing the work, as well as the institution,” Lewis said.

Please contact Lynn Taylor at 662-325-3168 or with any questions about the training sessions.

Jim Laird | Public Affairs

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