Bryan Brister, Ph.D., has been named director of the Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI).
Brister, who earned both his bachelor and doctorate degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi, now heads the organization which was created by legislative mandate to accelerate the development cycle of Mississippi polymer products.
“With the Southern Miss School of Polymers and High Performance Materials recognized world-wide for its research in polymer science, along with the MPI for development and Noetic Technologies to bring products to market, Mississippi has a unique advantage over other states in supplying composites, coatings, and other polymer products to the aerospace and shipbuilding industries,” explained Brister.
The MPI is in the uncommon position of needing a director who has the technical background and knowledge to speak with researchers, plus the industry savvy and leadership to work with other companies in growing businesses to move newly created Mississippi polymer products into the marketplace.
“Directing MPI is a unique job which requires a unique skill set and unique leadership,” said Dr. Les Goff, who was a search committee member. “We were fortunate to find Bryan Brister who possesses all those traits,” he said.
Brister, a Gulfport native, replaced Jim Evans who retired earlier this year. Before joining MPI he was a principal in Seven Seas Water, a water and waste water treatment company in Tampa, FL.
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