CAVS-E Hosts Joint Meeting of Professional Organizations


Manufacturers are the backbone of our economy, providing millions of Americans with stable, well-paying jobs, and they are the driving force behind research and development, using time and valuable resources for innovation of the products and processes of tomorrow.

Representatives from professional organizations and manufacturing companies in the area joined together for a meeting of the minds on June 13, 2019, in an effort to support Mississippi manufacturers. This meeting gave attendees the opportunity to network and to learn about the programs and services available through professional groups in the area.

Hosted by the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems Extension (CAVS-E) of Mississippi State University, participating professional organizations of the meeting included the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the American Society for Quality (ASQ), the Capital Area Human Resources Agency (CAHRA), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Engineers (SMRP). Highlights of the meeting included discussions by Glenn Dennis, director of CAVS-E, and by Greg Davall, general manager of AZZ Bus Systems. Dennis gave insights on major projects of CAVS-E that are supporting manufacturers in Mississippi and demonstrated some of the advanced technology capabilities that CAVS-E employs, such as simulation, laser scanning technology, and cybersecurity tools. Davall provided an overview of the utilities industry's strategic direction and the impact it will have on suppliers, as well as an insight into the continuous improvement initiatives AZZ has undertaken to address market and manufacturing challenges.

For more information about the Joint Meeting of Professional Organizations, contact Judy Johnson at To learn about the programs and services offered by CAVS-E, visit