Message from Joe Gentile, Chair of the College of Engineering Alumni Board:

Joe GentilePersonally and on behalf of the College of Engineering Alumni Association Board, I welcome this opportunity to begin a series of reports to the college’s alumni community—which now has more than 25,000 members. Established in 1959 as the Engineering Alumni Association, the board today consists of 18 MSU engineering graduates who represent a diversity of engineering disciplines, professional careers, geographies, and graduation dates. Our primary focus is to serve in an advisory capacity to the College of Engineering dean and administration, and to foster improved relations and communications with the alumni community. Members serve a four-year term that can be extended for a second four-year period.

It is most appropriate that this first alumni message begins by extending a warm welcome to our newest alumni members—the graduating class of 2011. On behalf of MSU engineering alumni everywhere, congratulations on a job well done. We are proud of your many accomplishments.

Considering that e-Currents is primarily a communication vehicle to engineers, it is also appropriate that this first message include a “problem statement.” While we can estimate that there are more than 25,000 living alumni, we can also report (unfortunately) that we have known-to-be-valid contact information for fewer than half of those individuals. The alumni board has agreed to work with the college to improve these statistics. You will be hearing more about this effort, and how you might be able to help, over the next several months.

We also will be reporting periodically on the many opportunities each of us has to become more involved with the College of Engineering. The list of opportunities is very long and includes such activities as judging Design Day (and other) projects, conducting mock interviews with students beginning the job search process, and providing technical expertise to student engineering organizations. For more examples of how you can connect, go to http://www.egr.msu.edu/giving/involved.

The next on-campus alumni event is the College of Engineering Homecoming Tailgate on Saturday, October 22; please remember to add this date to your calendar. This event is a great opportunity to visit with fellow alumni and faculty members, and meet the students who attend as representatives of several of the student engineering organizations. Registration for this event will open in September; watch the website for further information: http://www.egr.msu.edu/homecoming.

To view more college events, visit http://www.egr.msu.edu/calendar/month.

And remember . . . A quick, easy, and fun way to connect with Spartans around the world is by sharing your Spartan Saga at http://spartansagas.msu.edu/share/.

Joe Gentile
Chairperson
College of Engineering Alumni Association Board