Udpa's Update

Message from Dean Satish Udpa Photo of Satish Udpa

Welcome to another issue of e-Currents. This edition showcases the impressive achievements of our undergraduate students and highlights some new developments in our undergraduate programs.

First, please join me in congratulating the newest members of our family of Spartan Engineers - the College of Engineering class of 2012, another stellar group of graduates. Six of these individuals received MSU Board of Trustees awards for having a perfect 4.0 GPA.

We now offer a bachelor of science degree in environmental engineering; Kelly McElroy was the first to receive this degree when she walked across the commencement stage on December 10, 2011.

MSU's first-year engineering program moved into 2012 with a new director and a new name - the CoRe (Cornerstone and Residential Engineering) Experience. Patrick Walton, associate professor of chemical engineering and materials science, heads that effort.

Daina Briedis takes on the role of assistant dean for student advancement and program assessment, a newly created position in the college.

In April, top officials from India visited our campus to explore collaborative efforts in education, training, and research between MSU and institutions of higher learning in India.

We are especially proud to announce that Mairin Chesney, a computer science and engineering sophomore, was named a 2012-13 Goldwater Scholar; and Megan Buczkowski, a materials science and engineering junior, received honorable mention. In the past 11 years, the College of Engineering has produced 10 Goldwater Scholars, 2 Churchill Scholars, and a Gates Cambridge Scholar.

Our faculty and staff members continue to receive recognition for their many achievements. Among them are Seungik Baek, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, recipient of an NSF CAREER Award; and Evangelyn Alocilja, professor of biosystems and agricultural engineering, AgBioResearch scientist, and chief scientific officer of nanoRETE, an MSU spin-out company that markets biohazard detection technologies. Our Diversity Programs Office received a 2012 Impact Award from the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and ExxonMobil in recognition of their efforts in retaining underrepresented minority students in engineering programs. Read about many other awards and honors in this issue of e-Currents.

As always, we want to hear from you. Let us know your thoughts about College of Engineering programs and activities, or update us about your own activities and accomplishments.

Enjoy your summer!