Technology-based economic development, recognized as an important economic driver in the Governor’s Energy Roadmap, should be considered a potential growth area for Mississippi’s energy economy.

The Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) at the University of Southern Mississippi is one model of success. By connecting research, development, and testing capabilities with industry demands, MPI has established itself as a unique and value-adding asset to the state in the ever-growing, high-tech polymer arena.

In July, MPI became an accredited laboratory through the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation by meeting the transitioning their laboratories to ISO / IEC 17025 compliant spaces. This accreditation is important and beneficial to industrial clients seeking lab services. This makes MPI one of the few mechanical testing labs in the Southeast that is fully available for commercial testing with the ISO / IEC 17025 compliance, providing a platform for advanced testing.

With this accreditation, MPI increases its attractiveness as an industry partner. To learn more about MPI, click here.