Industry members include all companies contributing funds to the Institute. Depending on the level of contribution, companies are identified as Contributing, Supporting, or Sustaining. Industry members have tangible benefits not available to non-member companies. Levels of support and related benefits are described in the table below.

  Contributing
($10,000/year)
Supporting
($25,000/year)
Sustaining
($40,000/year)
Complimentary tuition to web-based training modules 2 4 6
Reduced Tuition Fees for Web-based training (%) Yes Yes Yes
Complimentary Short Course Registrations (per year) 1 2 3
Reduced Registration fees for Institute Short Courses (%) 2 4 6
Networking Opportunities across MII and the entire University Yes Yes Yes
Invitations to Seminars and other MII events Yes Yes Yes
Personal Assistance in hiring summer interns and permanent employees Yes Yes Yes
Named Graduate Student Fellowship No Yes Yes
Option to have Industrial Representative on graduate student committees No Yes Yes

*To Facilitate enhanced interactions, companies funding significant research through the institute will automatically become a “Contributing Member” and a one-level upgrade, with the exception of the named student award
**The “Supporting Membership” level will be assigned to any company that provides a graduate fellowship.
***The well-known polymer science short courses are administered by the American Chemical Society, NOT MII!

Membership Terms of Agreement


The membership fee is a charitable contribution to the Virginia Tech Foundation, but dedicated to, and controlled by MII.  There will be no contractual agreement. The timing of membership payments may be negotiated. 

Continuing education courses are self-supporting through registration fees. These courses are open to non-members at full cost. 

For further information, contact MII at mii@vt.edu