• Main Menu
Main Menu
Menu

ENGINEERING NOVEL CORONAVIRUS UPDATES AND RESOURCES

MSU Community Information on Coronavirus

Engineering Coronavirus Site -- “People First, Student-Centered”

“I ask everyone to live by this thought: People First, Student-Centered. We will get through this and show our Spartans Will.” – Engineering Dean Leo Kempel

MSU is currently asking all employees to work from home (i.e. remotely) unless their job duties are such that they must be present. Unit leadership is expected to work with managers, supervisors and employees to find creative ways to allow employees to work remotely. There are a number of resources available on the remote.msu.edu/working website for arranging telecommuting or flexible work schedules, as well as the most up-to-date work-related FAQs. While we work in alternative locations and understand this may impact some of our operational work, we want to re-iterate that the University is not closed; our operations continue.

Please refer to the following specific documents in this rapidly changing situation. Later documents will supersede earlier ones:

April 3, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

As we experience the current impacts on our college community, I remain impressed and very grateful for your ongoing responsiveness to these unprecedented times. We rapidly turned from traditional in-person instruction to remote instruction with the vast majority of our classes making the conversion within 24 hours. We have changed our presence on campus as requirements have changed. To be compliant with State of Michigan, Ingham County Health Department and MSU restrictions, the vast majority of our students, staff and faculty are staying-in-place and working remotely. We do have some people coming to campus on a task-by-task basis and some work that has a direct impact on our community’s COVID-19 response posture.

Your ingenuity to help our students and today’s health-care heroes uplifts our spirits. Such as: 

Brian Wright is using the 3D printer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to manufacture face shield frames. He has joined a team of volunteers at MSU, who are working to provide critically needed medical supplies. 

Ricardo Mejia-Alvarez, an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, and his students are advancing a plan to design and disseminate a pressure control ventilator using commonly acquired parts.  The model ventilator could be mass produced and would allow precise controls in implementing lung protective strategies in COVID-19 patients.

Materials will cost around $200. If supplies are available on site, Ricardo estimates construction time would be one day. Software for the new pressure control ventilator will be made public and can be used with any laptop. The pressurized gas source could be directly off any available medical grade compressed air or oxygen cylinder.

Teaching impacts – Thank you to faculty members for quickly adjusting to changing circumstances. For Geoffrey Recktenwald, teaching specialist in Mechanical Engineering, that means using Zoom and OneNote to livestream his class.

He explained it this way: “For me, it seems that live, interactive, recorded lectures with immediate office hours are a big win. The Zoom is saved to a MediaSpace channel and OneNote is shared to students through OneDrive.”

Geoff monitors the student chat when livestreaming. He said students are asking good questions – which works even better if a TA or co-teacher are monitoring the chat. After class, he leaves the chat open for office hours until students have asked all their questions. He has found that students seem to frequent this more than his regular Zoom office hours.

He has noticed that his quiet students are speaking up in the chat window when they don’t understand something. And he’s considering how he might incorporate this low-risk question period into his physical classes in the future.

His advice for other faculty members – ask students how they are doing and what you can do to make things better. This gives them a sense of ownership and control in a seemingly powerless situation and improves your effectiveness.

Student Emergency Fund – To help the students currently facing financial uncertainties, we have created the College of Engineering Student Emergency Fund. Gifts will help students with the costs of housing, food, medical care or the technology resources they need for remote learning. Assistant Dean Theo Caldwell is leading the planning for distribution of these funds. Almost two dozen of us have already donated more than $2,300. Please consider joining our philanthropic effort at: https://tinyurl.com/v6dgxvt

Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Teresa A. Sullivan shared a look ahead yesterday. In brief:

Summer Online. Our Summer 2020 Session One and Summer 2020 Full Session courses will be online. Study abroad will not be offered and courses scheduled to be face-to-face, if they are to be offered at all, must be transitioned to online delivery.

Summer academic camps. Academic camps for high school students will be suspended for Summer 2020 unless they can be moved to virtual offerings. On-campus programs for undergraduate students are also suspended, including those offered by the Graduate School.

Pre-College Programs. Programs for PreK-12 students, including academic camps for middle and high school students, will be suspended for Summer 2020 unless they can be moved to virtual offerings.

New Student Orientation. This summer’s New Student Orientation (NSO) will be offered online in an innovative new format that takes advantage of our rapidly growing online teaching capabilities. 

Fall. There is a possibility that the Fall 2020 semester will have a dual-mode aspect: in-person and online. Even if in-person instruction resumes on campus, it seems certain that entering international students will need to be online only due to the disruption in international travel. There will be a substantial delay for any new student visas.

I ask that all of us reach out and listen to others; if a colleague has difficulties that they are facing, please ask them if they need help and make sure that they know about various services open to our students, staff and faculty. Our community is under considerable stress: students are worried about job offers, learning online is very different than in-person, financial concerns due to job loss, new expenses, child and parent care, etc. We need to be here for each other.

Spartan Engineering community – thank you for your patience and understanding. I will continue to provide updates during this fluid time. I am confident we will adapt and move forward together. Spartan Engineers will lead the way through this time and to a better future.

Best wishes and stay healthy,

Leo Kempel

Dean, College of Engineering

 

April 1, 2020 
Dear Spartan Engineers, 
I wanted to thank you all for keeping with us as we work our way through the current conditions. You may have noticed that we have adapted our processes as conditions change such as the new requirements by the Ingham County Health Department. One of the changes we are making is the process for employees of the College of Engineering to gain access to campus. Please do not send any Health Screening Forms to Heather Bentley going forward. We have gone to an online survey tool that will simplify record-keeping. 

In collaboration with the departments, we have completed our initial designation of necessary/critical employees.  All of these employees have been sent a letter signed by the Dean indicating what function they are essential in performing as well as the frequency of visits to campus.  These individuals will need to complete the Health Safety Survey (link is included in approval email) before every visit to campus. This includes taking your temperature. If you do not have a thermometer, please come to 3410 Engineering Building before going to your worksite. 
For all employees that do not have a letter signed by Dean Kempel you are no longer allowed to come to campus and perform work functions unless your worksite is the IQ Building. Those employees need a letter signed by either Chris Contag or Heather Hazzard. IQ has a separate system for recording answers to the health screening required by Ingham County Health Department. 
If you have not received a letter and feel that you need to come to campus to perform a critical work function please contact your immediate supervisor as you will need the following approvals (in order) before being permitted to come to work: 
1)     your immediate Supervisor and  
2)     your Chairperson/Director or designee) and 
3)     the Dean (or his designee). 
       The Dean’s Office will not consider a request for a letter unless it comes from the chairperson/director (or designee). 
       Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to adapt. 
       Best wishes and stay healthy,
       Leo Kempel
 Dean, College of Engineering

March 30, 2020

Hi Everyone,

After some feedback this morning (thank you) I wanted to clarify that the paper forms
in 3410 EB are there in case you have not already e-mailed a form for each visit
to an EGR managed building to Ms Heather Bentley (heather@msu.edu) AND your
supervisor (chairperson/director for faculty and staff, advisor for graduate students). 
If you e-mail the material to Ms Bentley, you do not have to come to 3410 EB.

You should not be coming to campus unless you have been pre-approved by your
supervisor, department chairperson/director AND the Dean of Engineering (or designee).

At all times we want to minimize physical contact between people and maintain social
distance.

Nisachon Chaiwang of IQ developed this fillable PDF form (Thanks!). Please use it.

When we have thermometers, we may be changing the procedure to allow on-site
temperature measurements; however, for now, please measure your temperature
before you come to campus.

Thank you,

Leo

March 30, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

First of all, we encourage all members of the Spartan Engineering Family to work from
remote locations to the maximum extent possible.

For Engineering employees and students that have to come to campus to perform
a task permitted under the Governor’s Order, we are implementing a new procedure
for checking in to be in compliance with the Ingham County Health Department’s Emergency
Order.

All people entering a building managed by the College of Engineering (e.g., Engineering, ERC, etc.)  must take their temperature
prior to coming to the building. All people must check into 3410 Engineering Building (Dean’s Office)
to fill out the attached form. We encourage all people to download the form and print it in advance; however, 
blank forms will be available in the 3410 Engineering Building. If the building you need
to enter does not have a procedure such as this, please first come to 3410 Engineering Building for
screening.

If you answer “YES” to any of the questions do not come to work on-campus. You will not be permitted
to continue to report to campus until at least 14 days have elapsed without further symptoms.

This is a challenging time for all of us. If we all work together, we will get through it and be a stronger
community. The health of everyone in our community must be our first concern.
Thank you,

Leo

Click here to download Coronavirus Disease Workplace Health Screening form

 

Dear Spartan Engineers,

I know all of us are navigating difficult situations these days that continue to challenge
our routines and studies.

After much thought, and consistent with guidance from both Governor Whitmer and
MSU President Stanley, I have decided to close DECS labs and request that access to the
Engineering Building and Farrell Hall be limited to those with card access (generally
faculty, staff and graduate students). 

I know this will be a further disruption in your ability to continue your classes for
some of you. We worked very hard to keep both the DECS labs and the buildings
open to afford some access to our networks; however, in the interest of enhancing 
health of the community, I have taken this difficult step.

Please be assured that DECS is up and running. They will continue to provide remote
services so our classes can continue to function as best as possible.  
They can be reached by emailing support@egr.msu.edu.

If you are a student having connectivity issues, please contact Theo Caldwell so we can work
on solutions so that you can continue to learn.  He can be reached via email at tc@egr.msu.edu.

I don’t know the exact timing of the change in the building status; however, as a practical matter
you should consider the Engineering Building as restricted to faculty, staff and graduate students
with normal work assignments in that building as of now.

Thank you again for all of your efforts to continue learning and being the exceptional
members of the community that I know you all are.

Best wishes,

Leo Kempel
Dean, College of Engineering

Dear Spartan Engineers,

President Stanley recently sent us all a message. In that he stated:

"In the immediate hours following the order, MSU leaders worked with the governor’s office to determine the impact on our university’s workforce and operations. The executive order references federal guidelines that specify as critical “colleges and universities for purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing other essential functions, if operating under rules for social distancing.” This means today’s order does not impact our ability to continue offering classes in alternative and virtual settings or our decision to encourage employees who can do so to continue working remotely.”

Interim Provost Sullivan followed up with further clarification emphasizing that you should work remotely if at all possible and if not to come to campus to perform only essential functions (I repeated her message below). 

Faculty, Academic Staff and TAs

From the Provost: "Faculty without home connectivity or who need special equipment may continue to teach from a University classroom or lab.” If necessary to perform your duties, TAs and lab instructors can still come to campus to record experiments and push the results to your students.

In all cases, you must practice good social distance procedures. Protect your health and those of others.

In my walking around the Engineering Building during the past week, I did observe that Spartan Engineers were maintaining proper distance and cleaning practice.

Support Staff

As much as possible, staff should perform their work remotely. We expect further clarification for support staff who cannot perform their duties remotely soon per President Stanley’s message. Nikki Shook and Heather Bentley are resources if you have questions or concerns.

Research

Note that research labs are governed by Steve Hsu’s message this afternoon and in general it states that research must be conducted remotely. Permission to maintain certain experiments and facilities will require specific permission from your chairperson. John Verboncoeur is available as a resource.

Additional Teaching Resources

The decision regarding DECS labs requires a bit more thought and so for now they are closed. They may be re-opened if it is determined that doing so is consistent with the Governor’s order.

Allow me to again tell you how proud I am of our people in the College of Engineering. You have stepped up in amazing ways to manage through a very difficult period.

Best wishes,

Leo Kempel
Dean, College of Engineering

 

Terry Sullivan’s message:

Colleagues,

I believe that tonight you received a message from the President with guidance concerning today’s Executive Order from the Governor.  I am writing to follow up on a few issues that have come up during the day.

  1. Faculty without home connectivity or who need special equipment may continue to teach from a University classroom or lab.  Maintain social distancing. 
  2. Some buildings will be locked and closed to the public.  Deans have received notice about which buildings these are.  There might be additional buildings proposed for locking in the next few days.  You need to be prepared to tell Barbara Kranz if you have faculty coming in to teach.  In these cases faculty could still have access through a key or a card. For research buildings, see the additional guidance from Vice President Hsu concerning non-essential research.
  3. Librarians are continuing to provide support for remote courses, such as scanning course materials for student access. 
  4. Review everyone under your supervision who is coming to work to determine whether that job could be done at home.  I am currently working from home, and it is likely that nearly all of you can do the same.  There is no need to staff reception areas or to have your assistants on site.  The office phones, however, should be forwarded to someone responsible who is working at home and will answer calls.  If you have key people who don’t have the connectivity to work from home, then VP Woo has some limited equipment available. 
  5. Critical infrastructure for MSU includes essential research activities such as animal care, checking freezers, etc.  
  6. University residential facilities are still open.  We have students who cannot return home (many of them international) and students who do not have another home.  In family housing, the family is already living at their permanent address.  Because we still have students in the residence halls, there will still be limited food service available, but it will be carry-out only. 
  7. WKAR is producing a daily newsletter for parents.  If you have faculty and staff who are now caring for their children at home, they will find helpful educational activities for children in the newsletter.  Subscription is free.

 

I will handle further questions tomorrow as my schedule permits. 

Good night, thank you for everything you are doing for our students, and stay healthy.

Terry Sullivan

March 20, 2020

To College of Engineering employees:

As we continue to manage this current time of challenge, it is my expectation that all College of Engineering employees (faculty, staff, graduate student RAs/TAs, and student hourly employees) will work remotely unless you have a specific task or activity that requires you to be physically present at a campus location.  

This is a general expectation across the campus and across many BigTen+ universities.

We are doing this because the risk to everyone increases with the number of people present.  We have an obligation to protect the health of the people who must come to campus, as best we can.  I understand that working remotely may be inconvenient due to connectivity issues, the presence of others, or the need to access materials or equipment at your campus location.  However, convenience or personal preference cannot take priority over the health of others in our community.  We cannot justify allowing people to elect to come to their MSU work location simply because they prefer to, when they can work remotely.

If you need to come into work, approval by your supervisor for the specific task or activity will be required. If you do need to come to campus to perform an activity (e.g., record a lecture, record a lab exercise, maintain research equipment that if not maintained will lead to significant loss of data and/or cost, etc.), please come to campus, do your work, maintain social distancing, clean up your workspace and then return to your remote work location. Keep your time on campus and interactions with others to an absolute minimum.

To address some of the challenges that this decision may present, I am encouraging you to remove materials from your office or work location that you need to work remotely.  If you need to temporarily relocate computer equipment and accessories or other equipment items, this may be possible with the approval of your chairperson or unit administrator. 

I have no way to know how long this situation will continue, or if we will fact stricter requirements including closure of research labs or a full shelter-in-place requirement. I therefore encourage you to make the arrangements now for both an extended period of working remotely and complete closure of University facilities.

I note that, for now, DECS labs remain open for students who need these facilities to continue their academic work, with the expectations that users observe social distancing expectations. 

Best,

Leo Kempel
Dean, College of Engineering

All blanket travel authorizations are suspended in the College of Engineering until further notice. All official MSU travel will need to be processed through a trip request through Concur. This will allow us to maintain President Stanley’s directive that the department and dean must determine if a domestic (in-state) trip is essential for business functions. If you feel that a trip is essential please provide a justification in the comment section of the request, if your chairperson feels that this is essential they will approve it and route it to the Dean’s office.

March 19, 2020

Dear Engineering Graduate Students,

Thank you for remaining patient and flexible as we all adjust to the challenges of working and learning remotely. Graduate students are an essential part of the College of Engineering family, and I want you to know that your health and safety are a top priority. 

At this time, all graduate students are expected to be working remotely as much as possible. Please take the time to tidy your workspace on campus before leaving for an extended period of time; this includes removing food from refrigerators and removing trash from the building (please do not leave it in office or hallway receptacles, but take it outside to the dumpsters located in the loading docks).

For some graduate students, your work will require that you be present on campus for brief periods of time to accomplish specific tasks (e.g., RAs may need to care for laboratory animals or TAs may need to videotape experiments for undergraduate classes to watch). Please stay in frequent contact with your supervisors and instructors for guidance on what tasks must be accomplished in person and how to structure them so that you spend as little time on campus as possible (while following laboratory safety and social distancing guidelines). If you are not able to fulfill in-person responsibilities due to health concerns or the need to care for members of your household, please discuss with your supervisor what alternatives may be available to allow you to continue working remotely by shifting to other projects or tasks.

I know you have received many messages from me and other leaders within the College and the University in the last few days, and that information and instructions are changing rapidly. Please keep monitoring https://msu.edu/coronavirus/ for the latest updates from MSU, and watch your email for guidance from your department chairperson and from the Dean's Office as we continue working to keep our community safe.

Best wishes,

Leo Kempel
Dean, College of Engineering

March 16, 2020

Dear Engineering Students,

I wanted to send you a note to let you know how proud I am of all of our college in
how it has reacted to recent circumstances. Spartan Engineers have risen up to the
challenge!

Modified operations (what we have now) is generally meant to be a short duration
activity (like when winter conditions cancel classes). President Stanley sent out the note
last night that we will continue with online course delivery for the rest of the term. 

Although a large number of our courses have already gone fully online, there are a few
more that should be there this week. Laboratory instruction is also going online. We are
still working on details regarding projects and how to administer exams online under these
circumstances. With K-12 closed and more courses coming online across the country,
there may be new challenges uncovered this week.  

I am confident that we will get the job done; but as an engineer, I know that if something does not work as anticipated, we identify the problem and mitigate it.

So this is my request, if you have an issue with a course’s delivery (e.g., poor connectivity,
cannot find the material, no access to laptop, disability accommodations, etc.) please follow this protocol for letting us know and resolving the problem (starting with 1 to 4 until your problem is resolved):

1. First contact the instructor and see if you can resolve the problem.
2. Next contact the department chairperson for the department offering the course 
   (e.g., for CEMXXX the Chairperson of Department of Chemistry even if you are in a major in Engineering).
3. If 1 or 2 doesn’t work, please contact Dr. Amanda Idema, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies (agidema@msu.edu)
4. If 1-3 doesn’t work, please contact me (kempel@msu.edu)

We have set up a triage system in the college to resolve problems. By following this protocol
we can resolve difficulties in the most rapid fashion.

Again, I am proud of our faculty, staff and students.

Best wishes,

Leo Kempel
Dean, College of Engineering

March 19, 2020
To the Engineering International Students and Scholars:

We know that each of you are making many adjustments to your studies and work as a result of changes MSU is making, as well as to address your personal concerns, related to the COVID-19/coronavirus situation.  We want you to know that Engineering faculty, staff and administrators are here to support you.  We are fully committed to the principle People First, Student-Centered.

In this rapidly evolving situation, we encourage you to maintain communications – with people here at MSU, but also with your family and friends. These are challenging times and it is important to maintain your connections with others.

Our goal is to meet the educational objectives you have been pursuing through alternate delivery methods in ways that accommodate your personal situation as much as is practical.  Key to making this work is to make sure you have a reliable internet connection.  For now, DECS labs and first-floor classrooms in the Engineering Building remain open and are available to Engineering students, but we recommend you use them only if you are unable to work from home. The DECS support office is available to assist you with connection guidance and software access if you need to connect from off-campus (https://www.egr.msu.edu/decs/contact). If you relocate outside the U.S., you are encouraged to investigate whether you will have full access to MSU resources.  DECS can assist with configuration problems, but we will have to comply fully with the laws of your country.

For educational issues and concerns affecting students, you are encouraged to work with your course instructors and advisors. All should be available on-line.  We refer you to the respective messages to undergraduate students and graduate students from me that went out on Monday.  

For those of you employed by MSU, please work with your supervisor to coordinate how you can continue your job remotely. If there is a critical need for your personal presence, this should be for the least amount of time possible and through arrangements that are consistent with the remote operations and social distancing expectations of the University.

For immigration issues, please work with the Office for International Students and Scholars.  If you decide to return to your home country, please first reach out to an OISS Advisor (see: https://oiss.isp.msu.edu/about/location/) so that you understand the conditions of return to the USA when this period is over. These professionals are your best source for information regarding, VISAs and so forth.

There remain many additional things to be addressed, and these will be announced as we come up with new approaches. Please be careful about acting on rumors.  Official announcements will come from the President, Provost, Dean or Chairperson.  

Best wishes,

Leo Kempel
Dean, College of Engineering

March 18, 2020
This information was provided by the Provost. In addition, there is significant help from colleagues in the College of Engineering. If you have a question or need, ask. 

Best wishes,

Leo Kempel
Dean, College of Engineering

 

To further help in moving to remote teaching and keeping connected to the Spartan community, the below sessions will be offered. The upcoming schedule and offerings will be updated regularly based on feedback and need. Facilitators from colleges across MSU, the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology, and IT will host a series of trainings and workshops on remote teaching via Zoom Webinar. These are Daily. Spartan Fireside to begin today. The Teachers' Lounge and Office Hours will begin tomorrow. 

  • 9:00 AM-10:00AM Spartan Fireside – Join Jeff Grabill, Associate Provost for Teaching Learning and Technology, Mark Largent, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, and others from across MSU for a chance to keep building Spartan community as we make the move to remote teaching. Bring your ideas, questions, and needs. Open to all MSU faculty, students, and staff.
  • 11:00 AM-12:00PM The Teachers’ Lounge – Join educators from across MSU as they discuss specific topics related to remote teaching and keep building Spartan educator community. Bring your ideas, questions, and needs. Open to all MSU educators.  
    • This week’s topic: Remote Assessment. How might you shift the ways you’d normally check for student understanding now in the remote space?
  • 3:00PM-5:00PM—Office Hours—These open, drop-in hours provide a chance for you to bring your specific questions about moving to remote teaching. Open to all MSU educators 

 

Here is link: https://msu.zoom.us/j/727218222

Everything lives on the keep teaching website here: https://remote.msu.edu/teaching/training-and-workshops.html

Thanks!
Kelly Mazurkiewicz
Senior Communications Manager
Office of the Provost

 

Design Day has become one of our premier undergraduate academic events of the semester. Now in our 26th year, we have been planning for yet another record Design Day for April 24, with participation by all 10 of our academic programs. Unfortunately, due to the current health situation in our country and our community, we have decided that it would be most prudent to cancel all of the Design Day activities scheduled in the Engineering Building on April 24. Our Design Day tradition will continue once again in December.

March 13, 2020

Dear Colleagues, 

President Stanley’s instructions today on MSU Operations state “I urge all MSU units to take every measure possible to encourage any employee who is able to work from home to do so. Units should consider what functions are essential and who is needed to complete these functions in person and what specific work can be conducted remotely.”

SUPPORT STAFF

For the College of Engineering, I am interpreting this as: all support staff are to perform their work duties starting Monday from a remote location unless notified by their supervisor that they need to come to campus to perform their work functions. For those that need to come to campus, I expect that such instructions will not be a blanket instruction; rather, it would have a limited time associated with it (e.g., we need you to work from campus tomorrow or we need you to work from campus for 4 hours tomorrow or we need you to accomplish a specific task
on campus and when done return to remote work procedures.)

If you cannot work remotely (e.g., connectivity problems), or are asked to work on campus and this would create a hardship, please contact your supervisors to make appropriate arrangements.

TEACHING ASSISTANTS

For TAs and laboratory instructors, we also want them to work from a remote site when it is feasible to do so.

An example of when a TA and/or instructor may be asked to come to campus to perform an experiment, then they should do so, conduct the experiment (always being mindful of safety), record the material and capture the data, send the data to students and then continue to work from a remote location until the next time the person is needed to perform the work on-site. If coming to campus will create a hardship, contact your supervisor for arrangements.

INSTRUCTORS OF RECORD

For instructors of record, please be mindful of the best location for you to teach your course. For some, that will mean coming to campus to record your work (to maintain quality of service, etc.) and for others it will mean conducting your course remotely via on-line methods. I do expect that all educational content be recorded for dissemination to your students. This is to accommodate students with connection problems during the lecture, etc.

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

For RAs and other research staff, work remotely if possible. If you need to come to campus, and are comfortable doing so, to accomplish your on-site work functions, please coordinate with your supervisor. If you have difficulties, contact your supervisor.

STUDENT HOURLY

Please coordinate with your supervisor on the potential for remote work. 

ALL EMPLOYEES

For all challenges, the first person to contact is your supervisor who will contact the appropriate administrator for resolution. If you cannot contact your supervisor in a timely manner, contact the department or college. This manages the requests in an organized manner.

There have been bumps in the road so far, there will be more. Overall, the people in the College of Engineering are responding fantastically to the challenges of the day. As problems are identified, solutions are proposed, tried and modified as needed. In addition, we are helping
each other and others in our community. I am very proud of our college and especially of our people.

Please remember: People First, Student-Centered. Thank you. 

Best wishes,

Leo Kempel
Dean, College of Engineering

March 11, 2020
Dear Colleagues,

I wanted to give you an update on where the College of Engineering is relative to President Stanley’s prudent decision to suspend “in-person instruction”:

1. Most of our scheduled lecture classes will be delivered on-line. We are working on methods to deal with uncertain bandwidth, link quality, etc. More to follow from the departments.
2. Laboratory sessions will proceed in a modified form. Details are being worked out; expect it to be demonstrations of experiments with delivery of data to the students so the students can conduct the analysis, write-up, etc. via on-line means.
3. Completion of Capstone and other projects are being considered departmentally. Stay tuned.
4. We are setting up a room where instructors can record your class material on a schedule basis … will release more when DECS says it is ready for “plug-and-play” use. Of course, you can choose to teach from your offices. 

We are still working on strategies to complete research projects and many other items.

All employees are expected work their normal schedule unless notified otherwise. If you feel for your health or that of others (e.g., children, elderly relations, colleagues at work), you should have discussions with your supervisor about possible arrangements to work at an alternative location.

I wanted to tell all of you how proud I am of this college. The professionals, students and friends have really come together to manage a difficult situation. The department leadership is working hard with the faculty and staff to make this work for our students.

The individual departments will be sending out more information. In addition, please refer to MSU resources:

https://msu.edu/coronavirus/: for information on the virus, health recommendations, social distancing, etc.

https://keepteaching.msu.edu: for information on teaching methods, etc. We also have a number of experts in the college pitching in.

https://keepmsuworking.msu.edu: for information on completing your non-instructional work remotely.

Finally, it is inevitable that rumors will circulate, but you should assume that official communications will come from the President, Provost, the Dean’s Office, and Department Chairs.

Best wishes,

Leo Kempel
Dean, College of Engineering

Feb. 25, 2020
Dear Colleagues,
Our community has definitely felt the impact of the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated COVID-19.  On Feb 20th, in the interests of caution, MSU has determined that all university-sponsored travel to China, Singapore, and Hong Kong is suspended for students, faculty, and staff through July 31, 2020. On Feb 25, South Korea has been added to the travel suspension list. This suspension also includes all study abroad programs in those countries.
It is our responsibility to maintain a learning environment where well-being and safety are central goals, we have been made aware of inappropriate and factually inaccurate comments regarding the outbreak and have heard concerns from various groups and individuals in our community. There are members in our community who have family, friends and loved ones in the affected regions and members who have to change their business or personal plans due to the outbreak. 
The Dean’s Office will be hosting two information sessions on this topic to address the questions and concerns for those who are more likely to be affected by the COVID-19 and by the travel suspension. OISS will be invited to answer visa-related questions. 

  • The first session will be open to Graduate students, Postdocs, Research associates, visiting scholars, staff and faculty, this Wednesday from 4-5 pm in 3540 EB (the Dean’s Seminar Room) 
  • The second session will be hosted for undergraduate students, on Thursday, March 12 from 4-5pm in 1345 Engineering Building. 

We need to support each other during difficult and stressful times. Stereotypes and biases of any kind are not tolerated in our community. Rather, as Spartan Engineers, let us all work to participate in the overall solution to this globally impactful epidemic. 
Best wishes,
Leo Kempel
Dean, College of Engineering

MSU GUIDES AND FAQ'S

“The dedication I have witnessed to support our students, keep our campus running, and support one another is uplifting and shows our Spartan spirit.” -- Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D., President