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Office of Technology Development

Industry Partners



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The University of Southern Mississippi is committed to engaging with industry as part of its mission to ensure that technologies are brought to the market for the benefit of society.

USM's reputation as a comprehensive Carnegie research university comes in part from its success in advancing the progress and productivity of research across a broad spectrum of different curriculum. Whether you choose to engage with USM as a collaborator or sponsor, the OTD office is here to facilitate whichever approach is most appropriate for your company.



The Accelerator 

Established in 2010, The Accelerator is located only 4 miles from the USM campus. The full service, 60,000 square-foot facility, includes private offices and laboratories, a high throughput formulation science lab, a pilot plant, along with world-class expertise in complete product development and commercialization. Clients have access to state-of-the-art equipment and amenities without the tremendous overhead including:

  •  Formulation and testing
  • Contract R&D
  • ASTM Standardized Testing
  • Non-Contact Metrology
  • High Throughput Formulation
  • Incubated storage


Career Services 

USM’s Career Services assists industrial employers in to engage with our online database, Eagle Employment. This will allow potential employers to create a company profile, supply contact information, post job openings, register for on-campus interviews and career events and search the student database for qualified candidates for the open positions.




Center for Trace Analysis (CETA)

The USM Center for Trace Analysis (CETA) coordinates analytical services provided by the USM Division of Marine Science. Most specifically, this means trace element analysis utilizing the center's high resolution inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometer (HR-ICP-MS). CETA's ultimate mission is to provide state-of-the-art expertise, training, analytical services, and research in trace chemical analysis. Services and capabilities include:

  • Elemental analysis
  • Isotope ratio analysis
  • Isotope dilution analysis
  • Ion chromatography


Division of Marine Science

USM’s Division of Marine Sciences is located in the center of a region with an established marine science infrastructure. USM researchers are uniquely positioned to advance new knowledge and developments in one of the last relatively unexplored frontiers for industry development, the Gulf of Mexico. As the state's higher education leader in marine research, USM scientists in the Division of Marine Science are strategically situated at the single-largest concentration of oceanographers and hydrographers in the world at the John C. Stennis Space Center.

The combination of state, federal and private-sector entities at SSC from NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Department of Defense and others provide a unique resource for Southern Miss. Scientists from on-site organizations serve as adjunct faculty members, providing support for student projects.


Gulf Coast Research Lab   

The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) is a marine/ coastal research and education enterprise sited in Ocean Springs, Mississippi and is a unit of The University of Southern Mississippi‘s College of Science and Technology. Research at GCRL is multidisciplinary and applications-oriented with a focus on sustainable coastal and marine resources, development of new marine technologies, and the education of future scientists and citizens.


Mississippi Polymer Institute 

The Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) is an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited resource that is located in The Accelerator, USM’s 60,000 square foot start-of-the-art full-service facility. MPI’s services and expertise help serve as an industrial outreach component for SPHPM by offering services to such as:

  •  Product development
  • Rapid prototyping and 3D printing
  • Laser scanning services
  • Pilot production
  • Workforce development/training


National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security 

Born out of the initiatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), supports the advancement of sport safety and security through training, professional development, academic programs and research. NCS4 addresses issues related to risk/threat, counter terrorism, security management and emergency management.

NCS4 collaborates with professional leagues, open access events, intercollegiate and interscholastic athletics, along with professional associations, private sector firms, and government agencies.  It is a critical resource for sport venue managers, event managers, first responders, and other key stakeholders.


School of Polymers and High Performance Materials

The School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at the University of Southern Mississippi offers undergraduate and graduate programs leading to Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Polymer Science and Engineering and in Sports and High Performance Materials. The goal of our undergraduate and graduate program is to educate incoming students in the theory and practice of polymer science, which is revolutionary and changing the face of our society. Students in all of our degree programs receive valuable training for a career in academia, commerce and manufacture which process and use polymeric materials.



University-Industry Demonstration Partnership 

The purpose of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP) is to enhance the value of collaborative partnerships between university and industry in the United States. USM is an active member of this agency.

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