MSU Advanced Composites Institute

  • home to the Marvin B. Dow Stitched Composites Development Center
  • a member of the Raspet Flight Research Laboratory and
  • a member of the FAA’s Joint Advanced Materials & Structures (JAMS) Center of Excellence and

110 Airport Rd. | Starkville, MS 39759


After a competitive selection process by Boeing, the Advanced Composite Institute was created at MSU with Boeing’s donation of a revolutionary stitched composite process and equipment originally developed at NASA by pioneering scientist Marvin B. Dow.

As a partner with MSU's Raspet Flight Research Laboratory, The Marvin B. Dow Advanced Composites Institute is a University resource with a collaborative vision of bridging engineering and science disciplines at MSU by establishing an internationally recognized institute of excellence for composites research & technology.

The mission of ACI is to facilitate and manage foundational programs while nucleating research and economic development initiatives in the field of composite materials science & engineering including resin chemistry and infusion, stitched composites, and manufacturing in collaboration with Universities, US Government Agencies, and Industry Partners.

ACI will:

  • promote a collaborative environment for MSU researchers and Strategic Partners including, industry, government, and academe spawning new research opportunities
  • serve as the focal point of inter-departmental research and education by providing a cooperative environment for direct exposure to leading technology experts
  • develop materials, processes, & equipment to enable low cost, high rate manufacturing
  • support economic development via collaboration, technology transfer, and entrepreneurship
  • serve as a workforce development and specific training center for strategic partners & suppliers

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