Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute
The purpose of the Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute (MMRI) is to promote the use of the state's mineral resources. This purpose is achieved by providing mineral-related research opportunities. The disciplines of engineering are essential to finding answers to the many problems confronting the industrial use of minerals. The purpose also is advanced in that the research serves to train and educate faculty and students. The end results of many of the MMRI research grants have been masters theses. The institute also works with other schools within the University, other institutions of higher learning, and state agencies. Within the framework of MMRI, Congress approved the Marine Minerals Technology Center (MMTC), a national center to study and characterize offshore minerals. The research conducted by MMTC affords opportunities for graduate students. The two research vessels maintained by MMTC in Biloxi provide the means for the research and hands-on experience. The research involves electronic surveys (seismic, etc.) as well as drill sampling.
The University of Mississippi Geoinformatics Center
The University of Mississippi Geoinformatics Center (UMGC) is dedicated to improving the understanding, usage and access to geo-spatial information. Geo-spatial information is any data about the earth or earth processes that can be obtained directly from or using a form of remote sensing. The data is analyzed and/or enhanced using computer technology and the results displayed in a meaningful manner. The Center was created in May 2000 and is funded by NASA. The Center merged with MMRI in 2011.
Intelligent Transportation Systems
The Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) program applies ITS technologies in rural environments to improve traffic management, incident management, emergency response, and event management. While ITS technologies are common in urban settings, their use in rural areas is not well researched. The ITS program is funded by the Federal Highway Administration to determine which ITS technologies are applicable and how they should be applied or modified.
The University of Mississippi Biological Field Station
The mission of the University of Mississippi Biological Field Station is to foster ecosystem stewardship (1) by providing a natural laboratory and infrastructure for research, education and service, and (2) by cultivating scientific information and understanding of upland watersheds in the lower Mississippi River Basin and similar habitats.
The USDA National Sedimentation Laboratory
Though not a part of the University of Mississippi system, many of the USDA National Sedimentation Laboratory (NSL) research scientists collaborate with local university students and faculty. The research program at NSL emphasizes interdisciplinary research dealing with the processes of soil erosion; transport and deposition of sediment; movement of chemicals on upland areas and in streams; the impact of agricultural practices, in-stream structures, and bank protection on these processes; water quality; and the ecological well-being of streams. Research ranges from basic and fundamental research to applied research and technology transfer for federal and state action agencies. This cooperation has allowed NSL to conduct research related to bio-indicators, numerical modeling, and acoustical measurements and to make progress that would not occur otherwise.