The Axia Institute (formerly known as the Midland Research Institute for Value Chain Creation) is a premier research and education facility dedicated to developing effective and sustainable solutions to improve all types of public and private value chains. Established by Michigan State University in 2013, The Axia Institute conducts cross-disciplinary research, with input from our corporate partners, in areas such as value chain optimization, data analytics, engineering, smart packaging, anti-counterfeiting, and water and food safety.
Blending strong interdisciplinary capabilities, the Axia Institute partners with several organizations to ensure its research and other activities cover all facets of value chain creation. A Technical Advisory Board comprised of MSU and corporate partners helps set the Axia Institute research agenda.
Resource management, analytics, security and sustainability
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Eli Broad College of Business
College of Engineering
College of Social Science
School of Criminal Justice
School of Packaging
BEACON: An NSF Center for the Study of Evolution of Action
MSU Department of Supply Chain Management
Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow Foundation
The Dow Chemical Company
The Dow Chemical Foundation
Dow Corning Corporation
Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation
Michigan State University
Charles J. Strosacker Foundation
The Axia Institute offers several educational opportunities to advance knowledge of value chain creation:
The Axia Institute facilitates effective, sustainable value chains that provide both a competitive advantage for America and a critical path for the world to respond more successfully to human need. The Institute provides Midland and the Mid-Michigan region with world-class research and teaching programs that enhance value for stakeholders.
The Executive and Technical Advisory Boards provide leadership and direction for the Axia Institute.
Bahar Aliakbarian, PhD
Research Associate Professor
Donald L. Buchalski
Business Development Director
Katherine A. Franz
Amanpreet Kaur, PhD
Research Assistant Professor