Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Whittington, Wilburn

Committee Member

Rhee, Hongjoo

Committee Member

El Kadiri, Haitham

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Mechanical Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Mechanical Engineering


The emergence of the Internet has allowed businesses to create new sales and marketing channels to provide value for their customers in the marketplace. Engineering manufacturers and suppliers have taken advantage of the internet to automate the customer service aspects of their businesses as well as to market their services in a cost-effective but widespread manner. This work aims to apply the practices and benefits of electronic commerce (e-commerce) to a material testing laboratory through the creation of a functioning website with e-commerce features. The effects of Search Engine Optimization, website accessibility issues, marketing considerations, security concerns, and common business models and strategies regarding web development are examined. Features such as an automated quoting system and a customer portal are also implemented for use at a material testing laboratory.