Mississippi is the home to two military laboratories. The challenge for the local communities surrounding the labs and Mississippi as a whole, is to identify opportunities within the research being conducted and the intellectual property (IP) being created within the labs to spin out economic activity in the commercial sector.
United Staes Army Corps of Engineers, Engineer Research and Development Center(ERDC)
3909 Halls Ferry Rd | Vicksburg, MS 39180 | Website
The Engineer Research and Development Center is headquartered in Vicksburg, MS. We are an international leader in research, and have programs that conduct research in the physical sciences.
Several of our laboratories are based in Vicksburg:
Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory- conducts research in all aspects of water interaction with sediment, structures and operations, dividing topics into two categories: coastal engineering and hydraulic research.
Environmental Laboratory- focus in areas of ecosystem science and technology and environmental resiliency.
Geotechnical and Structures- Department of Defense lead for science and technology in the areas of survivability and protective structures, airfields and pavements, and sustainment engineering.
Information Technology Laboratory- offers expertise in the science of information, the practice of information processing and the engineering of information systems.
ERDC also has contracts with Mississippi companies of over $19 million, as well as partnerships with Alcorn State and Jackson State Universities, and Hinds Community College. There are 46 active patents at ERDC; the majority of which may be licensed for commercial benefit. Furthermore, the Department of Defense offers opportunities at co-development of technologies through Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), which are easily obtained and favorable to both the efforts of the US military and private industry.
United States Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Cener (NRL-SSC)
1005 Balch Boulevard | Stennis Space Center, MS 39529 | Website
The Naval Research Laboratory at Stennis Space Center serves as the lead Navy laboratory for research in fields dealing with the Blue Economy such as:
Marine geosciences- focuses applied scientific research in three primary areas: (1) characterizing the seafloor and coastal areas, (2) modeling of the seafloor and modeling of the processes causing changes in the seafloor, and (3) furthering precise 4D geospatial information science and technologies.
Oceanography- conducts theoretical and experimental research of biological, chemical, dynamical, and physical processes of the open ocean, coastal and littoral areas, and marine boundary layers.
Underwater Acoustics- research centers on characterization of environmental acoustics and the theoretical understanding and numerical modeling of how acoustic waves interact in the marine environment.
NRL Site: Tech Transfer Office
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