College of Engineering
reaches out to companies
across the state and the
globe to increase
Message from Glenn
Message from the dean
Throughout its existence, the
Bagley College of Engineering
at Mississippi State University
has been a source of new ideas
and an engine for economic de-
velopment in the region. The
college faculty have worked
with businesses, industries, and
government entities to help
them solve technical problems,
develop new products, and
improve production efficiency.
This service role of the faculty
has been closely linked with the
college’s research focus areas
and has been a means for the
knowledge gained through re-
search to be incorporated into
the marketplace. Through the
years, several separate service
groups have been formed in
the college, each focused on a
specific engineering area. This
year, the college has developed
a coordinating mechanism for
all of these activities with the
formation of the Engineer-
ing Engagement and Out-
reach Service (EEOS). This
inaugural brochure gives an
overview of the EEOS groups
and the recent impact that
their services have had for re-
gional industries. The current
economic growth in Mississippi
is exceptional, and the MSU
Bagley College of Engineering
is pleased to be a part of this
W. Glenn Steele, Ph.D., P.E.
Message from the
associate dean for
This has been an exciting year for the Bagley College of
Engineering as we have formalized the college’s outreach and
service activities into the Engineering Engagement and Out-
reach Service (EEOS). EEOS has been created to work with
business, industry, government, and community partners
in the state of Mississippi to improve their responsiveness,
competitiveness, and productivity through the better use
of knowledge, technology, and skills that reside within the
college’s knowledge base. The EEOS is an affiliation of BCoE
activities with a focus on serving Mississippi businesses,
industry, government (state and local), and communities. The
EEOS is founded around two organizations that have long
contributed to the economic benefit of the state – the Center
for Advanced Vehicular Systems – Extension (CAVS-E) and
the Industrial Outreach Service (IOS). Adding to these two
flagship organizations are the contributions of the college’s
faculty through a myriad of other service oriented activities,
such as the Industrial Assessment Center in the Department
of Mechanical Engineering and the Southeast Regional Fo-
rensics Training Center in Computer Science and Engineer-
ing. Additionally, the college’s distance education program,
offering graduate degrees and certificates, has become affili-
ated with EEOS to serve the professional development needs
of the state’s engineering workforce. By engaging with Missis-
sippi business, industry, and government, the Bagley College
of Engineering looks toward becoming a major partner in
growing the economy of the state.
Roger L. King, Ph.D., P.E.
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies
The Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Ex-
tension (CAVS-E) is proving to be a leading eco-
nomic development engine for the state of Missis-
sippi. The Canton based facility—a sister facility
of Mississippi State’s on-campus CAVS research
center—has had more than a $800-million eco-
nomic impact on the state, according to a survey
done by the Manufacturing Extension Partnership
of Mississippi. CAVS-E assists with operational
processes such as production flow, factory flow,
and mechanical type projects. They also provide
companies with Six Sigma training and expertise
in planning for start-up and facility development.
For example, they are able to develop a three-
dimensional simulation of plant operations that
shows the processes and flow of true production
days and the impact random events would have
on the line—just like they would occur in real
life. Creating virtual simulations helps companies
find the bottlenecks in production and helps them
identify critical resources that they must optimize
in order to produce the best product possible.
Armstrong World Industries
Ceco Building Systems
Hunter Engineering Company
International Military and Government
Northrop Grumman Ship Systems
Parker Fluid Controls
Mississippi State’s Southeast Cooling,
Heating and Power (CHP) Applica-
tions Center is a US DoE funded
organization with the mission of
promoting energy efficient systems
in the region. The CHP concept is
based on a facility’s generating its
own electricity and then utilizing the
waste heat to provide heating and
cooling for the occupied spaces. The
applications are limitless, from small
and large commercial buildings, to
industrial and agricultural applica-
tions, to residences.
Baldwin Piano & Organ Co.
Batesville Casket Company
Kitchens Brothers Manufacturing Co.
Mueller Copper Tube
Port Gibson Veneer, LLC
The Forensic Training Center (FTC) is provid-
ing computer forensic training and support
to the southeast region of the United States.
From basic computer training to hands-on
experience in working forensic labs, to learning
about search and seizures of computers and
legal considerations for trial judges, the FTC is
preparing regional law enforcement to combat
cyber crimes in order to prosecute criminals.
The FTC has trained over
1,000 law enforcement
officers from 200 different
departments in 12 states.
Current support has led
to at least seven known
to the following
Cleveland Police Department
Lee County Sheriff’s Department
Mississippi Attorney General’s Office
Cyber Crime Center
Mississippi State University Information
Southaven Police Department
Warren County Sheriff’s Department
The Mississippi State University High
Voltage Laboratory serves as an indepen-
dent university center for high voltage
engineering. It is the largest independent
high voltage laboratory in the United
States. Numerous manufacturers, utili-
ties, consulting firms, and agencies from
throughout the country have used this
laboratory for the evaluation and testing
of new products, evaluation of dielectric
materials, and various other projects.
It has the capacity to perform impulse
tests at three-million volts and AC tests
at one-million volts. In addition to the
research, evaluation, and testing conducted
in the laboratory, personnel lead short
courses and seminars both at Mississippi
State University and on-site for utilities
or industry. Several graduate courses are
delivered to remote locations using various
The Calvert Company
General Electric Corporation
Hughes Brothers, Inc
Preformed Line Products
Through analyzing their efforts and
offering recommendations, the Industrial
Assessment Center (IAC) helps
Mississippi industries use energy more ef-
ficiently, improve waste management, and
enhance production. Each IAC assessment
consists of an on-site analysis and final
report, which identifies problem areas and
recommends action. Assessments are con-
ducted by students with supervision from
mechanical engineering faculty. The IAC
program is funded by the U.S.
Department of Energy.
Alliant Techsystems Modine
Anel Industries, Inc. Mosby Packing Co. Inc.
Armstrong World Industries Mueller Copper Tube
Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. Natchez Trace Greenhouses
Babcock & Wilcox North American Pipe Company
Badger Pistons Odom Industries Inc.
Batesville Casket Company Omnova Solutions, Inc.
Borg Warner Parker Hannifin
Brown Corp. PeopLounger, Inc.
Ceco Building Systems Pharma Pac LLC
Cherrybark Flooring Platte Chemical Co.
Consolidated Catfish Co. Port Gibson Veneer, LLC
Cooper Lighting Pyco Industries
Cooper Tire RealPure Beverage Group
Davis International Recline Design
Delphi Packard Rockett Inc.
Delta Pride Catfish Sanderson Plumbing Products
Eaton Corp. Sheldon Labs
ECS Silver Creek Gin Co.
Eka Chemicals Southern Brick and Tile
FMC Technologies Inc. Southern Motions, Inc.
Georgia Gulf Chemicals and Vinyl Spring Industries
Grenada Manufacturing Steel Service Corp.
Hunter Douglas Stephens Adamson
Jasper Lumber Company Super Sagless
Keystone Seneca Co. Systems Electro Coating
Kitchens Brothers Manufactur- Tecumseh Power Company
ing Co. Textron Fastening Systems
Knud Nielsen Company The Alan White Co., Inc.
Laurel Machine & Foundry Co. The Clarion Ledger
Marathon Cheese Corp. The Solar Group
Marietta Corporation Trilogy Communication
Mega Plastics, Inc. Tupelo Fiber
Merchants Food Services Voith Fabrics
Millry Mill Co. Western Container Corp.
Mississippi Laminators Weyerhaeuser Co.
Mississippi Precision Cast Parts Weyerhaeuser Packaging
Mississippi River Corporation Wireless Retail, Inc.
The Industrial Outreach Service (IOS) provides
technical assistance, management, and advanced
workforce training to Mississippi manufacturers.
Their main focus is on providing a range of services
to state manufacturers to help them improve perfor-
mance, reduce cost, and enhance competitiveness.
In 2006-07, the Manufacturing Extension Partner-
ship of Mississippi reported an economic impact for
IOS of nearly $17,000,000.
A-1 Pallets McComb Mill Manufacturing
ACG Automotive Mississippi Ethanol
Ackerman Forge Mississippi Industrial Waste
Address America Inc. Mobilis Systems
Advanced Distributor Products MS Industries for the Blind
Advanced Drainage Systems MSports
Agreaux Organics MTD Products
AirCruisers Liberty M-Tek Inc.
Airline Manufacturing Company Nature’s Catch
Albritton Fence Dispensing Co. Northrop Grumman Ship
American Greetings Corp. Systems
Arkansas General Industries Omnova Solutions, Inc.
Armstrong World Industries Parker Hannifin Corporation
Atlas Corporation Pharma Pac
Batesville Tool & Die Pioneer Aerospace Corporation
Benchcraft PK USA
BioBlue Plymouth Tube Company
Blackwater Farms Pride of the South Catfish
C&M Tire Disposal, Inc. Prime Designs
Catfish Processing Industry Quality Manufacturing Group
City of Louisville Quality Steel
Comfortaire Inc. Raytheon CMC
Consolidated Catfish Co., LLC Saf T Cart, Inc.
Cottage Lane Furniture Sara Lee Foods
Createc Corporation Schnadig Corporation
Cubicon Corporation Sheldon Labs
Diversified Technology Inc. Skyline Steel
DynCorp International LLC Southern Kitchen Outfitters
Eaton Corporation Southern Motion Furniture
Ecowater Systems, LLC Southern Quality Meats
Ergon, Inc. Steel Dust Recycling
Faurecia Corporation Superior Graphite
Flexsteel Temple Inland
FMC Technologies Termisys
Franklin Corporation The Biltrite Corporation
GCM-Visteon Automotive Triton Systems
Hardy Manufacturing Tronox
Hickory Springs Manufacturing Tupelo Manufacturing
Holcim US United Furniture
Hood Packaging Universal Lighting Technologies
IMS Autrans Valley Tool
Kuhlman Electric Corporation Viking Range
Lane Furniture Weyerhaeuser
Lauren Farms, Inc. WWL Vehicle Services
La-Z-Boy Yarbrough Wood Products
The Raspet Flight Research
Laboratory (RFRL), located at
Bryan Field in Starkville, MS,
is the largest equipped uni-
versity flight research facility
in the country. Their aircraft
fleet and fabrication facilities
provide unique capabilities to
support defense and commer-
cial aircraft development. The
RFRL serves as a state of the art
flight test facility to support the
general aviation, defense, and
military industries in aircraft
and unmanned aerial vehicle
development. They also develop
processes and equipment to
produce high-quality composite
molds at an affordable cost.
Aurora Flight Sciences
US Army Space and Missile Defense Command
US Department of Defense
Six Sigma methods are used in a wide variety of businesses
to identify and eliminate “non-value-added” activities or
waste in their operational functions. The primary purpose
of six sigma efforts is to reduce costs and increase cus-
tomer satisfaction. Participants learn advanced techniques
for achieving these objectives. Graduates who finish this
program experience proven job credibility, a competitive
edge above other job applicants, and potential salary
This certificate program gives these students the
opportunity to pursue automotive coursework within their
individual disciplines. An automotive engineering course,
team taught by faculty from several of the engineering
departments, has been developed to give each of the
students a comprehensive overview of the subject matter.
Each student is required to participate in a team design
experience that will acquaint them with the challenges
and opportunities in the automotive field.
Recent successes by the state’s economic development
community in attracting “world class” manufacturing
companies to Mississippi, such as Nissan, Toyota and
General Electric, have emphasized a growing need for
highly skilled professionals in various engineering and
management fields. Participants in this program customize
a curriculum from among courses specifically designed to
enhance their knowledge in various manufacturing areas
of study. In addition, they complete an actual work assign-
ment with a manufacturing company.
Master of Engineering
The Master of Engineering is a professional degree de-
signed for those seeking a non-specific discipline degree
in engineering who do not normally have access to tradi-
tional degree-granting programs at the graduate level.
The primary objective of this inter-disciplinary program is
to allow professional engineers in the southeastern U.S. to
pursue a flexible graduate degree in a web-based format.