Mississippi Enterprise for Technology Newsletter

January 2011



Welcome to this issue of the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology newsletter. Below you will find our featured article.



Creating fertile soil for innovation


   STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. - Kathleen Chapman is a native of Mississippi, but spent her adult life in Florida, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and, for the past 23 years, New England. She's back now, a patent attorney for the Naval Research Laboratory Detachment at Stennis Space Center, and she's on a mission to make South Mississippi and the broader region an innovation dynamo.


   "I feel strongly that one way out of the economic doldrums we are in, maybe the only way, is through innovation. Being an inventor is an equal opportunity option, but an inventor planted in one culture versus another might mean the difference between an invention's being exploited versus the same invention's being immortalized by an issued patent hanging on a living room wall," she said.


   And what she's trying to do makes sense to others.

"Mississippi Enterprise for Technology is very interested in the new patent group and plans to have the Mississippi Technology Transfer Office and MsET's incubator at Stennis involved," said Charlie Beasley, president of MsET.


   Joe Graben, director of the University of Southern Mississippi Business and Innovation Assistance Center, thinks the work is important because it gives businesses in South Mississippi an organization of experts in intellectual property to turn to.


   "With intellectual property issues, you need to talk face-to-face with someone," said Graben, adding that South Mississippi has some technology clusters that are very young, and while parts have been around a decade or more, a key component for development is innovation and intellectual property management.


   Chapman said all the places she has lived shared the quintessential American qualities of intelligence, creativity, drive and enthusiasm. But she told participants at a recent meeting that a business in Massachusetts is 73 times more likely to have a patent application assigned to it than a business in Mississippi.


   "There is not one reason, and there are no easy answers. One factor that could feed into this statistic is a simple lack of opportunity for the citizens of our states to have access to an innovative culture in which there is support for ideas and the commercialization of ideas," she said.


   The lack of opportunity led her to establish the Gulf Coast Patent Association, a group of people and organizations involved with intellectual property issues. It includes patent practitioners, intellectual property specialists, business development specialists, technology transfer offices and others.


   Chapman points out that the innovation process begins with an inventor creating a product or process. But moving that to the marketplace requires a number of players and organizations working together. The Patent Association hopes to provide the intellectual property expertise to protect the inventor's assets.


   "I believe our role as IP practitioners in our region couldn't be clearer. We have the opportunity to create the fertile soil for innovation here and now," she said at the inaugural meeting in late October at Stennis Space Center, attended by more than a dozen people.


   While she is based in South Mississippi, her interests go well beyond the state. She sees innovation opportunities all along the Gulf Coast. The group's next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 3 in New Orleans. She said future meetings will be held in other areas of the Gulf Coast region.


   "I hope this meeting is the beginning of the coastal states IP practitioners' taking an active role in creating a climate in which innovation and commercialization thrive and flourish," she said, adding that fostering such an environment and taking advantage of the IP resources along the Gulf Coast can help the entire region move forward economically.


   To learn more about the group or to get involved, contact Chapman at 228-688-5759, or e-mail her at kathleen.chapman@nrl.navy.mil. - David Tortorano




We hope that you found our featured article very informative, If you would like to learn more about the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology please contact us @ 228-688-3144.


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Charlie Beasley, President and CEO
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Ultimate Solutions, Inc. Joins MsET Community at SSC


Mississippi Enterprise for Technology is pleased to welcome Ultimate Solutions, Inc.  to  its business community of advanced  technology companies located  at  Stennis  Space Center. The  opening of  Ultimate Solutions  Mississippi Operations  office expands  its regional  presence  to  provide services  to  organizations  and companies  located at  Stennis Space  Center  and  businesses  in Mississippi. 
John C.  Stennis  Space  Center  is  one  of  the nation's largest federal  cities. Home  to  more than 30  federal, state, academic  and private organizations  and  numerous technology-based companies, Stennis  is the foremost center for innovation  in  Southeast Mississippi. "We are very excited to have opened our Mississippi office and to help generate IT jobs for this area," said Kip Langston, Director of Operations for Ultimate Solutions.
Ultimate Solutions, Inc. is a leader as an Information Technology Services Company.  US, Inc. is a small, veteran owned business that started in 2000. The company has provided IT support for Spawar Systems Center, New Orleans, Chief of Naval Air Training, Corpus Christi TX as well as work on the Navy Marine Corps Intranet. With the opening of the Mississippi office, USInc. is providing IT services to the DHS Data Center One. Areas of support include System Engineering, System Administration, Programming, IT Security, and Customer Support Reps. for more information about USInc. Please visit www.usinc-la.com.


Stennis Business & Technology Digest
Stennis Space Center is a well know landmark on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, but not many people truly understand what really goes on inside the secure gates of the 1400 acre campus.
Originally established as a rocket engine test center for NASA, Stennis today, is one of the largest federal cities in the nation. Over 30 federal and state agencies as well as a variety of companies involved in a host of fields. The variety is surprising from space-related work to riverine warfare training and more.
Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MsET) is a business incubator and technology transfer office located at Stennis. More recently MsET took on the additional job of playing a role in the economic development of Stennis Space Center. As part of this role, MsET wants to do what it can to tell the Stennis Space Center story. That means highlighting the accomplishments, successes and innovative work of the organizations located at Stennis Space Center. But in an age of information overload, it's a challenge simply to be heard above all the noise.
MsET decided to create the Stennis Business and Technology Digest, a  news feed communicating some of the activities that occur at Stennis Space Center, not just at MsET. This is in no way a bid to usurp the separate communications activities of the various organizations at Stennis. We see the news feed as a vehicle to insure those valuable communications reach a wider audience.
MsET monitors and pulls together in digest form all the announcements and notices coming from NASA, the Navy, NOAA, the universities and any of the other organizations that call Stennis home. The news is provided in a brief format, with links to the original source of the information.
You'll be amazed by the contributions made by Stennis Space Center that benefit the region, the nation and the world. Visit the MsET Web site Home page to subscribe to the news feed and increase your understanding of Stennis Space Center.
In This Issue
Ulitmate Solutions, Inc. Joins MsET Community at SSC
Stennis Business & Technology Digest
Impact Southern Miss
Rotary Club of Stennis Space Center

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Impact Southern Miss:

Turning Knowledge into Innovation

When:  January 20, 2011

                  8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.


Where:   Trent Lott National Center for 

Excellence in Economic Development

and Entrepreneurship  |   Hattiesburg, Miss.


Southern Miss serves as a catalyst for turning knowledge into innovation. This forum will bring together experts from banking, finance and academia to explore a number of issues and research findings affecting communities and the recovering economy in Mississippi and the Gulf South region.


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Rotary Club of Stennis Space Center  

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Meets every Tuesday
Herman Glazier Room
Bldg. 1103
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Newcomers and guest welcome!
More details: www.stennisrotary.org
If you wish to include an announcement in the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology's newsletter contact Belinda Gill.


Telephone: (228) 688-3144

About Mississippi Enterprise for Technology
Mississippi Enterprise for Technology is a unique economic development organization within Stennis Space Center. MsET is also a technology transfer office and incubator uniquely positioned to grow companies by providing a supportive environment, business services and access to federal agencies and research facilities. The organization is charged with developing and attracting new business and employment opportunities to John C. Stennis Space Center and the region. The organization seeks to improve and strengthen the center's business climate utilizing business resources from the region. For more information on MsET, or to see upcoming events visit www.mset.org.
Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MsET) is located at John C. Stennis Space Center, the foremost center for innovation in Southeast Mississippi and one of the nation's largest federal cities. MsET is uniquely positioned to facilitate your company's growth by providing a supportive environment, business services and access to federal agencies and research facilities.

We are currently offering prime office space at low rates in the heart of Stennis Space Center. Seize this rare opportunity and put your start-up or small business on the fast track to success.

Contact us today. Space is limited.
Contact: Belinda Gill, Facilities Manager, belinda.n.gill@nasa.gov, telephone: 228-688-3144