Global Engineering Programs

MSU Engineers are advancing knowledge and transforming lives as they engage with partners around the world. Our scientists are working on sustainable energy research, environmental and water solutions, engineering design challenges and next generation cyber technologies that lead developments in academic, public sector and private corporate advances. Collaborative research and applied learning opportunities form the basis for global partnerships centered around problem solving.


MSU GenCen names Tamara Reid Bush Inspirational Woman of the YearFor Professional Achievement in research, leadership, integrity and inclusive actions, Tamara Reid Bush has been honored as an Inspirational Woman of the Year at MSU. James Klausner, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, congratulated her during the university celebration.

MSU GenCen names Tamara Reid Bush Inspirational Woman of the Year

Tamara Reid Bush has been honored as an Inspirational Woman of the Year by MSU’s Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen). GenCen is an interdisciplinary center in International Studies and Programs focused on gender, feminist, and women's related research.

An associate professor of mechanical engineering, Bush was one of three individuals selected university wide. Selection was based on her contributions to MSU through research, leadership, integrity, and inclusive actions. Her award category is Professional Achievement.

She was nominated by Mechanical Engineering Department Chair James Klausner, with additional support of Rebecca Anthony and Sara Roccabianca, both assistant professors in mechanical engineering, and Laura Bix, professor and associate director of the School of Packaging.

Read more about Tamara Reid Bush's recognition.

Yadu Pokhrel
Civil and Environmental Engineer Yadu Pokhrel is among the MSU scientists focusing on whether planned dams in southeast Asia will impact the livelihood of 60 million people.

MSU uses $3 million NASA grant to find better ways to regulate dams 

Michigan State University researchers, equipped with $3 million from NASA, will investigate innovative methods to improve dams so that they are less harmful to people and the environment.

Focusing on the Lower Mekong River Basin in Southeast Asia, the world’s largest freshwater fishery and home to 60 million people, two three-year projects will use remote sensing and on-the-ground interviews with local residents to create better policies for future dams. 

Yadu Pokhrel, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is among the MSU scientists who are examining ways to generate enough environmentally and socially sustainable energy to accommodate the world’s growing population. He is the co-primary investigator on the project, funded with two NASA grants totaling $3 million. 

“Our goal is to provide a better understanding of how the planned dams would affect the livelihood of people in the region and recommend better and sustainable ways to design these dams,” he said. 

Read more about Yadu Pokhrel's research.

2018 AGE Fellows

Twelve new Academy for Global Engagement fellows take on global challenges

Andrew Gerard and Mary Anne Walker are among the leaders of MSU's Academy for Global Engagement.They are focused on the food and pharmaceutical supply chain and emerging plasma science. Their expertise is in improving soil health and smart sensing systems. Twelve new fellows in the Michigan State University Academy for Global Engagement (AGE) are already at work to become the next generation of international research experts at Michigan State University.

The 2018 AGE fellows represent MSU’s expanding research partnerships around the world. The newest cohort members are from the colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Engineering, and Natural Science, and the Axia Institute (Broad College of Business). They began their fellowship year in January.

Now in its fifth year, the academy is designed to “create a new generation of international research experts at MSU by offering early- to mid-career faculty the opportunity to expand their scholarship on a global level,” said AGE director Andrew Gerard.

Gretchen Neisler is one of two AGE senior advisors.

“This nationally recognized program was created to strengthen MSU’s global networks and introduce faculty to new global resources,” Neisler said. “The end result is an innovative faculty development program model and undeniable return on investment that benefits the faculty and the MSU community as a whole.”

Mary Anne Walker, the other AGE senior advisor, said the academy helps fellows launch large-scale, high-impact international research programs by creating a growing cohort of global problem solvers.

See the full article about the twelve new AGE fellows.

Thiramet 'Dream' Sotthiyapai

Biosystems engineering major Thiramet "Dream" Sotthiyapai is one of 7,000 international students at MSU.

Student’s green aspirations being fulfilled at MSU 

As a sophomore studying biosystems engineering, Thiramet “Dream” Sotthiyapai’s life plans immediately changed the day he found out he was being awarded a scholarship from Thailand’s government. 

After a conversation that connected him to a Michigan State alumnus drew him to the College of Engineering’s website, Dream became 100 percent certain MSU was where he wanted to be.

Dream, having never experienced life so far from home, responded with: “It’s going to be a big journey, a big change to my life...I think it’s gonna’ be a good journey.”

See the full article and YouTube video about Sotthiyapa's green aspirations.

“Once optimized, LemurFaceID can assist with long-term research of endangered species by providing a rapid, cost-effective and accurate method for identification.”  - University Distinguished Professor Anil JainLemurFaceID

Anil Jain and team modified the human facial recognition system to protect lemurs using LemurFaceID

Facial recognition is a biometric system that identifies or verifies a person from a digital image. It’s used to find criminals, identify passport and driver’s license fraud, and catch shoplifters. But can it be used to identify endangered lemurs in the jungles of Madagascar? 

Yes, said Anil Jain, biometrics expert and university distinguished professor of computer science and engineering at Michigan State University.

Jain and his team modified their human facial recognition system to create LemurFaceID, the first computer facial recognition system that correctly identifies more than 100 individual lemurs with 98.7 percent accuracy. 

“Like humans, lemurs have unique facial characteristics that can be recognized by this system,” Jain said. “Once optimized, LemurFaceID can assist with long-term research of endangered species by providing a rapid, cost-effective and accurate method for identification.” 

Read more about Anil Jain's facial recognition research.


In The News

TechKobwa 2016

MSU returns to Rwanda for TechKobwa 2016 

A team from Michigan State University will return to Rwanda this summer for TechKobwa 2016, a project to inspire Rwandan women to pursue careers in the information and communications technology (ICT) sectors. Donations are being solicited to expand the impact of this successful program in Rwanda and other developing countries.Organizers of TechKobwa 2015 included IBM Distinguished Engineer Louise Hemond-Wilson, MSU Professor Laura Dillon, and Peace Corps Volunteers Elisabeth Turner and Alexa Gudelsky.

Laura Dillon, a professor of computer science and engineering, will again be joined by IBM Distinguished Engineer Louise Hemond-Wilson (’86) and other volunteers to empower Rwandan women to play a key role in their country’s Vision 2020 — a plan to transform an economy dominated by subsistence farming into one driven by information and communications technology.  

Among the volunteers going this summer are two MSU students, Panashe Mayangamutse, a sophomore in electrical engineering, and Matthew Rhodes, a sophomore in computer science, along with Flora Kalisa, a software development engineer with Accenture of Belgium. Michelle Slattery, the CEO of Peak Research LLC, is also donating time and resources to evaluate outcomes.

Read more about TechKobwa 2016.

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