STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Experts from the automotive industry, government and education officials met at Mississippi State University Thursday to discuss a process that could improve the way vehicles are made.
Composite materials are used in all kinds of transportation vehicles including cars, boats, and planes.
It's described as a more efficient and energy saving type of material.
The meeting at MSU is the first of its kind when it comes to looking at ways to improve composite technology.
"We have people here from various industries. We have quite a few faculty members, and quite a few graduate students who are participating. The industries are from various parts of the state as well as other states," said organizer, Dr. Ratan Jha of MSU.
Charts and graphs were on display at the event to show how much of an impact composite materials has on our lives.
"We can brainstorm with faculty, people from the industries, and discuss how do we go about funding this research consortium or center," added Dr. Jha.
For Matthew Nicolas, a MSU Aerospace Engineering graduate student, this event was a way for him to network with industry leaders.
"It helps us, as students, to get recognized by industry and other institutions around the country and world really. It also helps us to network with them and find out what more we need to do to help people and what they can do to help us also," said Nicolas.
Experts say the end result of the symposium and upcoming conferences could mean all modes of transportation will be made from composite technology in the future.