© 2017 Mississippi Polymer Institute. Proudly created with Wix.com

About Us

1/1

MPI is a non-profit industrial outreach arm that serves to foster business growth. It was born out of the School of Polymers & High Performance Materials and is associated with The University of Southern Mississippi.

 

We strive to put the customer first and provide an environment that provides assistance to the entire advanced-material ecosystem.  This starts at student outreach activities to increase interest and participation, then more advanced contributions to support product conceptualization-to-commercialization to grow businesses. At later stages this involves troubleshooting manufacturing issues and providing workforce training that enables companies to achieve new sustainable goals.

 

Our capabilities include but are not limited to several aspects of material science: polymer synthesis, composite manufacturing, testing, compounding, extruding, molding, design, CAD modeling, 3D printing, workforce training, and educational outreach.

 

In addition to the serving industry with dedicated staff, laboratories, and equipment, MPI leverages resources with the School of Polymers and High-Performance Materials when highly specialized knowledge or equipment benefits customers.

 

When our customers achieve their goals, we achieve ours. This in turn helps to grow markets and industries.

MPI is a non-profit industrial outreach arm that serves to foster business growth. It was born out of the School of Polymers & High Performance Materials and is associated with The University of Southern Mississippi.

History

MPI was established in 1993 and was located within the Department of Polymer Science with the goal of assisting polymer and advanced-material businesses and entrepreneurs in their growth efforts.

 

Initially projects centered around coatings applications and subsequently expanded to include many other polymer market segments: personal protection, medical, forensics, aerospace, automotive, consumer products, etc.  

 

In 1995, MPI chose to be an early adopter of 3D printing technology, recognizing the potential impact on prototyping and manufacturing.  Since that time, we have produced thousands of prototypes and commercial products, and as the market matured we added CAD, laser scanning and polymer R&D services to assist customers’ shifting needs.  

 

In 2010, MPI moved from the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials to the Accelerator.  The Accelerator, a facility 5 miles from the USM campus, was constructed through state funding to house MPI and incubate emerging technologies. The $28 million facility offers more than 60,000 square feet of state-of-the-art resources and talent to support ventures in composites, polymers, formulation science, biotechnology, sustainable chemistry, alternative energy and other high-tech industries.  Companies in The Accelerator are innovating and improving our lives.

 

 

Today, we are honored to have repeat business that has stood the test of time, gain new customers, and have worked with some of the most prestigious manufacturing companies in the world.​​

Facilities

MPI is located in The Accelerator, part of the University of Southern Mississippi’s Innovation and Commercialization Park known as The Garden. MPI occupies over 6,000 square feet of office space, wet labs, mechanical testing labs, 3D printing, compounding, extrusion, and training labs.

The Accelerator is an incubator for tech-based companies and products, combining laboratory and office space, expertise in complete product development, and in partnership with MPI offers the infrastructure and capabilities to develop a new advanced material technology under one roof. A novel concept can be invented, tested, manufactured and actually shipped from the facility’s doors to the customer.

To learn more about The Accelerator, click here.

Monica Tisack, Ph.D.

Director Monica has over 19 years of polymer industrial experience with both DuPont and Chemours, and joined MPI in January of 2017. She has global experience in business management and strategy, product and market management, new product development, technical service, and manufacturing trouble shooting.