Camgian Microsystems Adds 25 Jobs to Starkville Plant


STARKVILLE – High-tech product research and development company Camgian Microsystems is creating 25 new, well-paying jobs to support its growth in the Golden Triangle.

Located in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park in Starkville, Camgian develops intelligent software systems powered by big data and artificial intelligence that improve the speed and quality of critical decisions for the U.S. military and certain communities. of the largest companies in the world.

“When some people think of the Golden Triangle, they usually think of manufacturing,” Joe Max Higgins, CEO of Golden Triangle Development LINK, said in a press release. “Well, we’re high tech too, and Camgian is a world class example of a leader in their field. We are lucky to have them at home in the Golden Triangle.

In March, the company won a $ 6.9 million contract with the U.S. military to develop a next-generation intelligent system to detect and defeat growing unmanned aerial threats against U.S. military forces. The company also counts Bloomberg Financial, Boeing Company and Taylor Machine Works among its clients.

Camgian is headquartered in Starkville and additional offices in Jackson and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Founded in Starkville in 2006, the company employs 70 people, many of whom were recruited from Mississippi State University and the region. The 25 additional software development and engineering jobs will focus on creating the future of artificial intelligence, machine learning and cognitive computing.

Camgian founder, president and CEO Gary Butler worked in Washington, DC for many years before choosing to start a multi-million dollar business in Starkville. He said Camgian’s goal is to recruit the best and brightest engineers from Mississippi to tackle some of the world’s toughest problems in national security, finance and industrial operations.

“Our recipe is to stay focused on these types of issues and hire the best talent in our region and put them on those issues,” he said. “This is what we all want, especially as engineers. We want to look back on our careers and have a real impact on what we’ve done. And so that’s what I wake up and try to do every day is make sure that we are building a business that has real impact. We are putting our best and brightest on these big issues. “

The Mississippi Development Authority has certified Camgian for the Advantage Jobs Rebate program, which is available to eligible businesses that create new jobs in excess of the average annual salary for the state or county in which the business locates or expands.

Butler said that over the past 50 years, technology has evolved particularly in the amount of data generated.

Because data continues to grow at an exponential rate, this can create information overload issues.

He said the future of the military is built around high performance data algorithms and computations. Synthesizing the data collected to eliminate information overload presents a clearer picture of the battlefield, which can speed up the command decision-making process.

“What we’re seeing in the war ahead is this significant time squeeze,” Butler said. “So on the battlefield today, the future of the battlefield is around who can fill these gaps faster. And it’s really about taking things like artificial intelligence out to help automate that decision-making process, to speed it up, to reduce chain shutdown times and that same approach, that same problem exists in all. types of businesses today.

Camgian’s vice president of defense programs Doug Gosney, a retired Air Force colonel who once served as a wing commander for Columbus Air Force Base, explained that although the technology does not make decisions, the data provides military commanders with the best choices to assess in order to pursue a course of action.

“If you look at it from the point of view of the human-machine team, machines are optimized to do some things much better than others and humans are optimized to do certain things much better than machines currently”, a- he declared.
“Neither of them have full knowledge of the situation, but together they’re right.”

Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill praised Camgian.

“Camgian has been an outstanding corporate citizen and we celebrate and congratulate them for their continued success,” Spruill said in a press release. “Starkville is very fortunate that Camgian considers us to be at home as they strengthen our place in what is now known as the Mississippi Research Center. Their support for our military as well as our corporate citizens gives them the best of all possible positions for the future. Their expansion is a magnificent tribute to an exceptional company.


Margie D. Carlisle