MSU CAVS Extension’s Work in West Point Recognized

November 18, 2010

Mississippi State University’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Extension office is being recognized nationally for its work with a Clay County manufacturing facility.

The project, officially titled “The Role of MSU’s CAVS Extension in Supporting Rapid Commercialization at Navistar Defense’s Plant in West Point, MS,” is a finalist in the University Economic Development Association’s 2010 Awards of Excellence competition. The project was presented at the competition by Clay Walden (Director of CAVS Extension and ISE faculty member) and Glenn Dennis (Manager Engineering Extension and ISE Alumni. According to Clay Walden, the recognition is the result of Mississippi State’s commitment to the communities it serves.

In West Point, CAVS Extension engineers led Navistar’s manufacturing system development, including the use of advanced modeling and simulation techniques, to help the company enhance its production of mine-resistant armored protection vehicles, commonly called MRAPs, for the U.S. Department of Defense.

The CAVS Extension team will attend the association’s Higher Education Institutions as Catalysts for Economic Development summit and present Mississippi State’s project in November. The winner of the 2010 Award of Excellence in Business Assistance and Entrepreneurship also will be announced.