Aug. 1, 2019
In The News - a monthly review of the media reporting on MSU Engineering
The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) and its Engineering Deans Council announced 74 award recipients in its inaugural year of the ASEE Diversity Recognition Program. The honor is given to institutions that signed and executed the ASEE Deans Diversity Pledge; have an infrastructure to support diverse populations, and engage in a list of specific activities including a Diversity and Inclusion Plan with measurable goals.
ASEE First Bell
National media continue to utilize the expertise of University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Anil Jain:
• Your driver’s license photo may unwittingly be signing you up for facial recognition scans by the federal government. Jain said iPhone facial recognition is more about authentication – and remember - a person-of-interest search by law enforcement could be 100 million photos.
• Babies and biometrics -- biometric identification could help the 20 million children worldwide who may be missing key vaccinations.
The New Humanitarian
University Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Ramani Narayan is often quoted on the topic of biodegradable plastics and the environment:
• The sticky problem of plastic wrap
• Biodegradable plastics have existed for decades. So why aren’t they mainstream?
• The biodegradable plastic new solution for the environment
Chemicals Market News
• Interview on biodegradable plastics
A gift valued at more than $1 million from MSU Executive Vice President Satish Udpa and his wife, Lalita Udpa, University Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will support the education of engineering students. Their gift will create the Satish and Lalita Udpa Endowed Graduate Fellowship and the Satish and Lalita Udpa Endowed Scholarship.
Research by Rebecca Anthony, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and PhD student Alborz Izadi in MSU’s Plasma & Nanomaterial Laboratory, has created a new way to synthesize gold nanoparticles – a discovery currently featured on the cover of Plasma Processes and Polymers.
Advanced Science News
Students in metallurgy, engineering and advanced manufacturing technologies have a new research/internship opportunity – thanks to a successful grant written by Mechanical Engineering Chair James Klausner and Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Professors Carl Boehlert and Yue Qi. NSF will support up to 15 students to attend TITANIUM USA2019 in Alabama in September.
Michele Grimm, the Wielenga Creative Engineering Endowed Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is one of 17 members on the National Academy of Medicine’s Commission on Creating a Global Roadmap for Healthy Longevity and is the only engineer on the international team.
A shout out to Drew Kim, his staff in recruitment and K-12 outreach, and the many volunteers from MSU Engineering who participated at the 37th Annual Metro Detroit Youth Day on Belle Isle on July 10. Nearly 39,000 children visited the many booths that encourage youth aged 8-15 to explore their interests. The Detroit News featured MSU’s Vex Robot Challenge in its media coverage.
Boilers and beams: Mass timbers will be a showcase of the new STEM building at MSU and will also bear the weight of the structure. It’s the first building in the state to use this type of construction.
In remembrance – the Detroit Free Press writes about the passing of Don Sommer, founder of the Concours d’Elegance and the go-to car guy for vintage auto parts, elegant classic car shows, and even animated movie characters in “Cars.” He died July 15. He was a 1955 mechanical engineering graduate of MSU.
Detroit Free Press
Applied engineering sciences graduate Mike Sadler (’13) was remembered July 14 at the 3rd Annual Mike Sadler Celebration of Life…The Legacy Continues.
MSU Pride Points
• July 9: Carly Gomez is using an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to assess the risk of listeriosis posed to cancer patients from eating fresh fruits and vegetables. She is a dually-enrolled bachelor’s and master’s student in biosystems engineering.
• July 11: The Royal Society of Chemistry has named research on ion-transfer electrochemical reactions by Yue Qi, a professor of chemical engineering and materials sciences, among its 2019 Energy and Environmental Science HOT Articles.
• July 16: Tim Hinds, director of MSU Engineering’s CoRe Experience, will lead the American Society for Engineering Education’s First Year Programs conference in 2021 and its division in 2022.
• July 29: Mohsen Zayernouri, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, received another Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award – his second award since 2017.