Winter 2012/2013

Udpa's Update

Message from Dean Satish Udpa

As one calendar year comes to a close and another begins, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on some of the college’s recent highlights. One of the highlights of every fall and spring semester is Design Day, now coming up on its 19th year. The most recent Design Day, held December 7 at the MSU Union Building, certainly upheld all expectations. Read more

News From the College

CEE Department Appoints New Chairperson

Neeraj Buch was selected to serve as chairperson of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering effective August 1, 2012. Buch, who joined MSU in January 1996 after receiving his PhD from Texas A&M University, served as acting chairperson for the department from July 2011 to July 2012, and previously served as director of the college's freshman engineering and residential programs—now known as the CoRe (Cornerstone and Residential) Experience. Read more

MSU to Lead Global Center for Food Systems Innovation

MSU will use a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to improve agricultural production and reduce poverty in areas of the world suffering from rapid urbanization, population growth, and skills gaps. MSU's new Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI), which will receive up to $25 million throughout five years, is part of USAID's Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN)—a partnership with seven American and foreign universities designed to address global development challenges. Ajit Srivastava, chairperson of MSU’s Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, is the center’s co-director. Read more

Bosch Partnership Promotes Innovation, Creative Thinking

Robert Bosch LLC is partnering with MSU’s College of Engineering in support of the college’s first-year program—the CoRe (Cornerstone and Residential) Experience. Bosch will be involved with the activities of the CoRe Experience, a program designed to engage engineering students early in their academic careers in experiential learning opportunities. Bosch joins Consumers Energy/Consumers Energy Foundation and GE Transportation as a CoRe Theme Partner. Read more

MSU Women Recognized at Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

The largest and most diverse convening of technical women in the world—the 2012 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC 2012)—took place in October at the Baltimore Convention Center. Laura Dillon, MSU professor of computer science and engineering, was recognized at the welcome ceremony for her roles as a conference co-chair and a member of the conference’s academic advisory board. MSU junior and current president of MSU Women in Computing (WIC), Mairin Chesney, took first place in the GHC 2012 Undergraduate Student Research Competition. Read more

U.S. Senator Carl Levin Visits MSU Researchers Involved with Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

U.S. Senator Carl Levin met in October with key MSU researchers who are working on several Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants supporting the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI)—the largest investment in the Great Lakes in two decades. In 2012, MSU received EPA funding for four projects under the GLRI, including one led by Syed Hashsham, professor of civil and environmental engineering. Read more

MSU Offers New Master’s Degree in Business Analytics

MSU has launched a new master of science degree program in business analytics to meet the growing need for professionals who can analyze large data sets to guide business decisions. MSU’s Broad College of Business is partnering with the College of Engineering and the College of Natural Science to offer the new 30-credit program, which began spring semester 2013. Read more

Student News & Accomplishments

Solar Car Team Competes for First Time in Cross-Country Challenge

For the first time in university history, an MSU team competed in the American Solar Challenge (ASC) cross-country race. The ASC, which is held biennially, is a competition in which collegiate teams design, build, and race solar-powered cars in a cross-country event. The Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP), held annually, is a three-day track racing event and qualifier for the ASC. The MSU team plans to compete in the 2013 Formula Sun Grand Prix and the 2014 American Solar Challenge. Read more

Undergraduate Research Forum Showcases Students’ Work

Approximately 230 undergraduate researchers and visiting students presented their research projects during MSU’s second annual Summer Undergraduate Research Forum in July. The event, which was held in the Engineering Building, provides an opportunity for students involved in research and creative activities at MSU to share their work with their peers, faculty, and external audiences. Read more

International Tour Gives Students Inside Look at Corporations and Careers

Five engineering students were among 10 students who participated in a new MSU program—the International Corporate Tour (ICT). The intensive two-week tour, held in May 2012, gave students a firsthand look at international corporations and the global marketplace. Stops on the International Corporate Tour included BP (Sunbury, UK), Alcoa (Birmingham, UK), Whirlpool (Comerio, Italy), Alpine Convention (Bolzano-Bozen, Italy), Bosch Corporation (Stuttgart, Germany), Eaton Corporation (Rastatt, Germany), and Rampa (Hamburg, Germany). The ICT was coordinated and led by the Center for Spartan Engineering and the Lear Career Center. Read more

Engineering Graduate Research Symposium Draws 250 Students

More than 250 graduate students presented their research during the 2012 Engineering Graduate Research Symposium on November 9, 2012, at MSU’s Breslin Center. The symposium is an opportunity for faculty, students, alumni, and industry professionals to explore connections between research and practice. Read more

Alumni & Development News

Two Alumni Receive MSUAA Grand Awards

Two engineering alumni were among those selected by the MSU Alumni Association Awards Committee to receive 2012 alumni awards. William A. Demmer (BS mechanical engineering ‘70) received a Distinguished Alumni Award; he is president and CEO of the Demmer Corporation, a manufacturing corporation based in Lansing, Michigan. Henry Balanon (BS computer science ‘06) received a Distinguished Young Alumni Award; he is the co-founder and director of mobile at Detroit Labs, which develops iPhone and iPad apps. The awards were presented during the Grand Awards Gala on October 11, 2012, at MSU’s Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center. View complete list of awardees


Russ Tindall (left), an MSU mechanical engineering student who graduated in December, is shown here working with Roy Bailiff, mechanical engineering technician, on a steam engine that Tindall built. Tindall demonstrated the project during the College of Engineering Design Day on December 7, 2012.
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Photo by Harley J. Seeley


February 11

Bosch theme floor partnership
ribbon cutting and seminar

February 12

College of Engineering Alumni Reception
Detroit Athletic Club
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Richard Lunt Wins NSF CAREER Grant

Richard Lunt, assistant professor of chemical engineering and materials science, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award.

Bruce Dale among Top 100 People in Bioenergy for 2012-13

Bruce Dale, professor of chemical engineering and materials science and MSU AgBioResearch scientist, has been named one of the Top 100 People in Bioenergy for 2012-13, as voted by the readers of Biofuels Digest and the Digest editorial board.

Prem Chahal Receives DARPA Young Faculty Award

Prem Chahal, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is the recipient of a 2012 Young Faculty Award (YFA) from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Matt Mutka and John Verboncoeur Elevated to IEEE Grade of Fellow

Matt Mutka, professor and chairperson of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and John Verboncoeur, professor of electrical and computer engineering, have been elevated to IEEE Fellow status effective January 1, 2013. Mutka is recognized for his contributions to distributed computing, mobile computing, and networking. Verboncoeur is recognized for his contributions to computational plasma physics and plasma device applications.

Three College of Engineering Individuals Win Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Awards

Sandra Christlieb, specialist, Tim Hinds, academic specialist, and Susan Masten, professor of civil and environmental engineering, were among 37 recipients of Michigan State University’s Curricular Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Awards; they were honored during a ceremony in November.

Thomas Bieler Honored with Two Awards from TMS

Thomas R. Bieler, professor of chemical engineering and materials science, has been honored with two awards from TMS (The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society) Materials Processing and Manufacturing Division (MPMD).

Two Faculty Members Selected to Participate in National Academy of Engineering Symposium

Dean Aslam, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Jon Sticklen, director of MSU's Center for Engineering Education Research (CEER) and the Applied Engineering Sciences program, participated in the National Academy of Engineering's (NAE) fourth Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium in October.

Ajit Srivastava Earns ASABE Award

Ajit Srivastava, professor and chairperson of the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, received the James R. and Karen A. Gilley Academic Leadership Award from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

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