Advancing Autonomous Technologies for Advanced Manufacturing in Mississippi


Regional Innovation Engines Development Award

Project Number 2305517

NSF Engines Development Award

Award Description

  • The goal of the Regional Innovation Engines Development Award is to advance the manufacturing ecosystem by developing and integrating smart, autonomous technologies positioning Mississippi for a greater share of the technological revolution and enhancing U.S. industrial competitiveness.

  • The award brings together like-minded partners from industry, academia, economic development, state, and communities to improve productivity, develop new technologies, upskill the workforce, fuel startups, attract new industries, and help existing industries grow. 

  • The project will be a platform and vehicle for coordination among project leadership and regional stakeholders that understands how to maximize and deploy all available resources.

  • The project will pilot new approaches to prioritizing user-inspired research based on regional manufacturing needs.

  • The project’s success is based on understanding the shared challenges of industries, leveraging stakeholders’ capacities, and enhancing regional coordination.

Anticipated Outcomes

  • Increased competitiveness of regional industries through the integrations of smart, autonomous technologies, development of new products, and adoption of Industry 4.0 practices.

  • Frameworks and processes that advance solutions based on user-inspired research, university-industry-community partnerships, human capital development, and technology commercialization.

  • Industrial and workforce innovation that is sustained and supported by stakeholder coordination impacting Mississippi’s most rural areas.

  • A regional ecosystem prepared for a Type 2 Engine.

Initial Partners

  • MSU Advanced Research and Development Corporation, Lead partner

  • Accelerate MS

  • Mississippi Department of Employment Security

  • Aurora Flight Sciences

  • Aria Group

  • Taylor Machine Works

  • Milwaukee Tool

  • Steel Dynamics

  • Camgian Corporation


  • CREATE Foundation

  • FORGE Foundation

  • Mississippi Manufacturers Association Manufacturing Extension Partnership

  • Mississippi State University

  • University of Mississippi

  • East Mississippi Community College

  • Greater Starkville Development Partnership, Golden Triangle Development LINK, East Mississippi Business Development Corporation, North Mississippi Industrial Development Association

  • VisionFirst Advisors


CEO, SmartTech MS

Dr. Julie Jordan, President of the MSU Advanced Research Development Corporation and Vice President of the MSU Office of Research and Economic Development, will oversee the execution of the NSF Regional Innovation Engines Development Award guiding collaboration and coordination for a robust advanced manufacturing ecosystem. As project CEO, she will chair the governing board, comprised of North Mississippi regional leaders from public and private partners.

Management Team

MSU Advanced Research & Development Corp
VisionFirst Advisors


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