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Mississippi Polymer Institute lends assistance to seven manufacturers

HATTIESBURG — The Mississippi Polymer Institute provided technical assistance to seven Mississippi-based manufacturing companies yielding over $4 million in direct financial impact and resulting in the creation of 36 new jobs in Mississippi, according to data compiled by InnovateMEP Mississippi. The analysis included third-party national surveys of manufacturers by NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership for survey periods Quarter 2 2013 – ...

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Wiggins made permanent director

University of Southern Mississippi associate professor Jeffrey Wiggins has been named the new director of the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials. For the past year Wiggins has served as the school’s interim director, filling a void left by longtime director Dr. Robert Lochhead, who relinquished the title to spend more time in the classroom and laboratory. Wiggins’ research ...

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USM's Polymer Institute signs MOU with WIINTECH

HATTIESBURG — The Mississippi Polymer Institute has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the WIINTECH group, which signifies the first official step in moving local Mississippi businesses toward international collaboration with the companies that are a part of that network. In the spring of 2012, Mississippi Polymer Institute, along with the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at ...

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Mississippi Polymer Institute helps NASA measure effectiveness of engine cleaning solutions

HATTIESBURG, Mississippi — Last year the Mississippi Polymer Institute partnered with NASA to develop a new tool for evaluating cleaning solutions/solvents that are more environmentally friendly than the ones currently used on NASA’s rocket engine parts. After countless hours of design and evaluation, MPI provided NASA with the prescribed model. Steven Whitacre, MPI’s technical specialist, was responsible for designing an ...

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USM polymer department luring more businesses to Hattiesburg area

Some new products developed in Hattiesburg sound like science fiction: Plastic composite materials that are lighter and tougher that steel, a lotion that neutralizes chemical warfare agents, a rehydration solution that helps identify finger prints from the deceased, and a makeup that can protect soldier from burns from road side bombs. But they’re all real. The technology industry in and ...

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