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Our History

November 1, 2011 - The Sidney Lauren online learning center made it's debut.

September 23, 2011 - The Sidney Lauren Learning Center held its grand opening ceremony on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. 

May 2011 - The CIEF made a generous donation to the Polymer Science Program at The University of Southern Mississippi to build and implement the Sidney Lauren Memorial Learning center.  This center includes:

  • The Sidney Lauren coatings lab, located in the Southern Miss School of Polymers and High Performance Materials    
  • An online learning center –– where students can access lectures, resources, patents and more.
  • A physical learning center with a state-of-the-art touch screen computer system located in the coatings lab for students to use, and a library/archive of coatings related materials and information.

Database of Coatings Information

Our database is one of the worlds most comprehensive collections of coatings science material.  Research people, patents, publications, and other coatings information.


Resource Center

The Resource Center provides a historical background of coatings, and also provides access to records of class lectures and seminars.

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Test Center

Think you know coatings?  Test and quiz your knowledge with some of our most challenging coatings material.  New questions will be submitted every semester, so check back often.

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