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Mississippi State University's

Advanced Composites Institute (ACI)

In response to the expanding need for disruptive composites technology and the research and education required to make it a reality, ACI invests in capabilities and expertise to overcome challenges.  

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

More About ACI

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Christopher Bounds Director, Advanced Composites Institute

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Welcome to the Advanced Composites Institute – home to the Marvin B. Dow Stitched Composites Development Center, member of the FAA Joint Advanced Materials & Structures Center of Excellence, and proud partner with MSU’s historic Raspet Flight Research Laboratory...

Director's Welcome

Executive Committee

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Our Mission

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.

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ACI Will

  • drive organic growth and strategic investments that align with industry trends and drivers
  • support economic development via collaboration, technology transfer and entrepreneurship
  • maximize the visibility and adoption of stitched composite technology as a value-added process
  • articulate, create and capture the value of resin infusion processes and technologies
  • deliver a comprehensive composite compendium service from design and conception to production and full evaluation and certification
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Christopher Bounds

  • Director
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Tonia Lane

  • Deputy Director
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Paige McCraine

  • Operations Manager
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Austin Reed

  • Procurement
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Clay Shires

  • Facilities Coordinator
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Earl Sloan

  • Safety Coordinator
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Brandon Warner

  • Senior Design Engineer
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Edward McGinnis

  • Research Program Manager
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Courtney Jethroe

  • Accountant
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Ed Skinner

  • Facility Services Coordinator
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Rodney Lincoln

  • Systems Engineer
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Isaac Barnett

  • Student Researcher
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Josh Gwaltney

  • Student Researcher
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Blake Matter

  • Marketing Specialist
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  • Project Coordinator
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  • Graphic Design
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Davy Belk

  • Technical Advisor
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  • Head, Aerospace Engineering
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Tom Lacy

  • Technical Advisor
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  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
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Charles Pittman

  • Technical Advisor
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  • Emeritus Professor, Chemistry
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Dennis Smith

  • Technical Advisor
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Santanu Kundu

  • Associate Professor
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Matthew Priddy

  • Assistant Professor
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Rani Warsi Sullivan

  • Professor
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Yeqing Wang

  • Assistant Professor
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Radwa Alaziz

  • Graduate Assistant
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Dounia Boushab

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Hajar Righi

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