MPI Speaks at Economic Development Class

Dr. Sumesh Arora, vice president of Innovate Mississippi and director of Strategic Biomass Solutions, has joined the adjunct faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi. This past spring semester, Dr. Arora taught the Technology-Based Entrepreneurship in Economic Development class for the Department of Economic Development. Tony Jeff, president and CEO of Innovate Mississippi; Dr. Jay Tice, director of InnovateMEP Mississippi; and Bubba Weir, vice president for innovation resources development of Innovate Mississippi, served as guest speakers, along with faculty and staff from the Mississippi Polymer Institute and the USM Department of Polymer Science. Dr. Arora's curriculum included hands-on, technology-based entrepreneurship experiences, which he achieved by pairing his students with entrepreneurs currently under the guidance of Innovate Mississippi's entrepreneurial development team.