Flying SquirrelMail

As an added benefit to the mail server upgrade, the performance of Squirrel Mail--now Flying Squirrel Mail (the web client software currently available in Engineering), has improved significantly.

Database Server Replication

DECS is undertaking a project to provide replicated database servers. This means data stored in any of the many database at DECS, such as FMP, will be safe from server failure and replicated realtime, so data will not be lost--even if less than a second old! This will complement the existing nightly full backups of data that are also stored for safekeeping.

Profile Documents Builder System

The Profile Documents Builder System (PDBS) was released in the summer of 2012 for the College of Human Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine. This system features the ability to generate documents (CV and Biosketch) in a given format based on the data entered, allowing faculty to easily submit needed information in a consistent format.

Faculty Activity Information System (FAIS)

Faculty Activity Information System (FAIS) is an online tool to submit, review, and process the annual reports of faculty load, activities, achievements, and plans. It has been in use since 2008 by the College of Engineering and since 2011 by the College of Arts and Letters.  A major change in 2012 to this system was rewriting the functionality for importing grant and proposal data from the Contracts & Grants database.



RSVP is a web application for managing events and attendance released in the fall of 2012. Currently it is used by the Office of the President, the Engineering Alumni Relations Office and the Engineering Deans Office. This application allows the user to create events and send highly customizable email invitations and reminders to the guests. It generates statistics on the number of guests based on their responses and includes a feature for generating name tags.

Web Services

The "My Account" (Web Services) website makes it easy to manage features of your engineering account. Here, users can edit spam whitelist and blacklist, activate new EGR NetIds over the web from anywhere and change their passwords as well as their Unix shell. Other features included are: viewing quota usage, controlling the spam filter and setting e-mail forwarding and e-mail auto responder.

Over the past year, all processes involved in the creation and management of engineering user accounts have been put to the test repeatedly since early conception and development. Accounts and all their resources are more tightly coupled with an individual account. Account owners have an increase in information pertaining to their account, such as easier management and tracking of their resource usage and overall management of the account. Migration to the new system provides a faster response for users, better syncing and management of accounts, and more account information available to the user.

Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure Action System

Reappointment, Promotion, and Tenure Action System (RPTAS) is an online application that allows the College of Engineering's faculty to generate and manage documents for reappointment, promotion, and tenure actions. RPTAS has been in use by the College of Engineering since 2010. Since then, many modification and updates have been made to improve the application’s functionalities. In 2012, the ability to upload department reports, expenditures reports, and external letters of recommendations for each candidate was implemented and completed. This update provides a full package of required documents for the candidate and allows for accumulating all required materials for the candidate’s action through MSU's Form D system. Additionally, some functionality for the College Rating Committee was modified to simplify the review process.

Advisors Calendar

The Advisors Calendar is an online application allowing students to schedule meetings with their Engineering Undergraduate advisors, while synchronizing these appointments with the advisor's Zimbra calendar.

Engineering Admission

The College of Engineering Admission Application is an online application used by MSU students who wish to apply to an engineering major, and/or for engineering students who wish to change their major within the College of Engineering.

Mobile Device Support

DECS supports email, calendar, and contact syncing across all current mobile device platforms, including Android, iPhone, Windows Mobile, Blackberry, and Palm devices. For further information, or if you would like assistance setting up an email or calendar account, please contact the DECS Support Office at or 517-353-8891.