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Shuffling water hotspotsSometimes water management techniques just shuffle the world's water hotspots, warns Yadu Pokhrel.

Yadu Pokhrel is helping assess the worldwide impact of human intervention on water scarcity.

Water management techniques like reservoirs, dams, and irrigation measures have improved water availability for many around the globe, but they can sweep water scarcity problems downstream for those who live there. 

That’s the finding of international research that included the work of MSU water expert Yadu Pokhrel and made public June 15 in the journal, Nature Communications

“This study used five global hydrological models to examine the movement of water scarcity. One was a model that I developed,” said Pokhrel, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and participating member in the Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project.

“Mine is one of the five modeling groups that provided the data presented in the paper.” 

Pokhrel said the overuse of groundwater around the world is an unseen drought. 

Read the full article about Yadu Pokhrel's water research.

Mary Anne Walker, director of global engineering, will tour German universities on a DAAD academic research exchange in June.
German academic exchange

Mary Anne Walker to promote engineering collaboration as guest of German Academic Exchange Service.

Mary Anne Walker, director of global engineering, has been awarded a DAAD academic research exchange.

She will visit key partner institutions in Germany from June 18-24 as a guest of the German Academic Exchange Service.

Walker will tour Bonn, Cologne, Bochum, and Hamburg in a special information program on "Promoting Research and Cooperation in the University Scene: Germany's Excellence Strategy and Cluster Policy.”

She is one of 23 educators from the U.S. and Canada selected for Germany Today 2017.

Read more about Mary Anne Walker's work as Director of Global Engineering.

Lessons in getting academic research funded are available on April 13 during the 2017 Campus Convening at MSU.2017 Campus Convening

Academy for Global Engagement to host experts in research funding at Kellogg Center

MSU faculty members can meet with senior advisors from the World Bank, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of State, and other research funding agencies during the 2017 Campus Convening of the Academy for Global Engagement on Thursday, April 13.

Participants are invited to meet and interact with program officers from Washington, D.C., to learn about upcoming funding opportunities, as well as the nature of the funding landscape, during the 8-11:45 a.m. in the Lincoln Room of the Kellogg Center.

MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon, Dean Ronald Hendrick of the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Associate Dean John Verboncoeur of the College of Engineering will offer remarks during the session, that includes:

  • the panel discussion: Understanding Federal Funding, Congressional Appropriations and Agency Priorities and
  • a panel with breakout sessions on Establishing Relationships with Funders–How to Talk about Your Work in a Compelling and Intriguing Way So That Funders Listen and Remember.

Read more about 2017 Campus Convening Featured Speakers.

Honoring John Thome '75

John R. Thome

A Spartan Engineer is featured as England's University of Surrey celebrates a 50th anniversary

You never know how far your experience studying abroad will take you. 

When the University of Surrey in the south of England celebrates the 50th anniversary of its bioengineering program this fall, the historic role of a Spartan Engineer will be part of the festivities.

John R. Thome, a Michigan native, was an undergraduate mechanical engineering student when he became the University of Surrey’s first exchange student from Michigan State in 1974. That quiet, yet exclusive role is currently part of a display at the university in England. 

“The year I spent at the University of Surrey was a very enjoyable and challenging year as the first student in this program from Michigan State University,” Thome is quoted in the “Open Borders” exhibit at Surrey. “I lived on campus and had a great time.” 

Read the full article about Spartan Engineering John Thome.


MSU Academy for Global Engagement Names 2017 Fellows

From developing the technology to run autonomous vehicles to improving the reliability of the power system in remote Africa, 10 new fellows in the MSU Academy for Global Engagement have the opportunity to expand their research and contribute to a new generation of international experts.

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MSU Executive Vice President Satish Udpa, Indian Institute of Technology Madras Director Bhaskar Ramamurthy, MSU Engineering Dean Leo Kempel, and IIT Madras International and Alumni Relations Dean R. Nagarajan formalize the dual PhD program that will ensure graduates are globally engaged.

Advocating for Future Engineers in India

MSU Signs dual PhD agreements with two noted technology institutes in India

Michigan State University has signed agreements with two leading institutes of technology in India to strengthen the intellectual infrastructure and international collaborations at all three academic institutions.

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A close-up image of a diamond

Diamonds: An Engineer's Best Friend 

Growing Diamonds

Michigan State University Fraunhofer Center has been transformed into a high-tech diamond mine of sorts as Spartan engineers "grow" the precious gems layer by layer.


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Spartan Engineer Adam Lyman returns to Zambia to continue development of a human-powered thresher that processes common beans four times faster than manual harvesting.

Back to Zambia

Adam Lyman ’15 goes back to Africa to work on bicycle powered bean thresher for farmers

Spartan Engineer Adam Lyman returns to Zambia next week to continue the research and development of a bicycle powered bean thresher for small-scale farmers in

Zambia. The low-cost, human-powered thresher processes common beans four times faster than manual threshing.

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