MSU I2AT, an HPC2 Member Institute, Receives $1.8 million EDA Grant to Help Construct Advanced Technology Building
March 20, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A $1.8 million federal grant announced today [March 19] by
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) will help fund a
new research facility at Mississippi State University.
The Economic Development Administration award will provide a new building for MSU's
Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies, also known as I2AT. EDA operates within the
U.S. Department of Commerce to promote innovation and competitiveness, preparing American
regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy.
To be located in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park,
I2AT will expand on its already successful mission to provide researchers on campus and in
industry access to a wide range of microscopy and microanalysis capabilities. These resources
include light, confocal, atomic force and electron, as well as magnetic resonance imaging used
in such fields as advanced manufacturing, veterinary medicine, agriculture, cognitive science
and medical systems.
David Shaw, MSU vice president for research and economic development, said,
"Industries in our state and beyond will benefit greatly from the help this new facility
will provide in solving many technically challenging problems they face. The university thanks
the EDA, Sen. Cochran and Commerce Secretary Ross for helping us meet this critical
Along with materials testing, I2AT aids quality control departments in mitigating the
high cost of equipment ownership and supports research and development of infrastructure.
"Looking ahead, we know that I2AT's research capabilities in this innovative
building will enhance our partnerships with industry across the region and, at the same time,
enrich the research experiences of the university's faculty and students," Shaw
I2AT is part of the organizational structure of MSU's Institute for Computational
Research in Engineering and Science or ICRES. ICRES serves as a center of excellence for
research, technology and education, which addresses challenges facing the nation's
industrial base and utilizes high performance computational resources and innovative analytical
tools for modeling, simulation and experimentation.
"This is an exciting investment in scientific research through education and
workforce development in Mississippi. I thank Secretary Ross and the Economic Development
Administration for recognizing the value in Mississippi State University's efforts to
promote innovation and economic growth," Cochran said.
"This project is the product of local leaders' efforts to generate greater
economic opportunities in Mississippi," said Commerce Secretary Ross. "The new
Analytical Center for Advanced Microscopy and Microanalysis will boost the state's
competitiveness by providing regional businesses with the support they need to grow while
simultaneously delivering the critical workforce training necessary to help them
Governor Phil Bryant said, "This will strengthen Mississippi's status as a
leader in economic development, and will advance the great work being done at the Thad Cochran,
Research, Technology and Economic Development Park, whose namesake has devoted his life to
making our state stronger.
"I have shared numerous times with Secretary Ross that Mississippi is
well-positioned to compete and win in the global marketplace, and I am grateful to him and
the U.S. Economic Development Administration for recognizing that," Bryant said.
The Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park is operated by a
university affiliate, the Research and Technology Corporation, a nonprofit company that
facilitates relationships between the university, researchers, and public and private
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