October 2016 Media Report

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Oct. 31, 2016 

IN THE NEWS -- MSU College of Engineering 

October 2016 Media Report 

Highlights include:

A $1 million National Science Foundation Supporting Excellent Engineers (SEE) grant will help finance second- and third-year engineering students on their paths to graduation. S. Patrick Walton and Theo Caldwell served as spokespersons.S. Patrick Walton is on the team that secured a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to help sophomores and juniors on their way to their engineering degree.

ASEE First Bell, 10.31.2016

Big News Network, 10.30.2016

Detroit News, 10.29.2016

Houston Chronicle, 10.29.2016

MSUToday, 10.25.2016

Owosso Argus Press, 10.29.2016

Tech Century, 10.25.2016

Traverse City Record Eagle, 10.30.2016

Washington Times, 10.29.2016

WILX TV 10 Lansing, 10.29.2016

WJRT TV 12 Flint, 10.30.2016

WWMT TV 3 Kalamazoo, 10.30.2016

9 & 10 News, 10.29.2016


MSU celebrated its new Bio Engineering Facility with ribbon-cutting ceremony and welcomed Christopher H. Contag as the inaugural director of the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering and chair of the new Department of Biomedical Engineering. Also, he was named the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering.
Christopher Contag is the inaugural director of the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering and chair of the new Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Detroit Free Press, 10.27.2016

Grand Haven Tribune, 10.27.2016

Indiana Ag Connection, 10.19.2016

Lansing State Journal, 10.27.2016

Miami Herald, 10.27.2016

Mount Pleasant Morning Sun, 10.27.2016

MSUToday, (pre-event coverage) 10.26.2016

MSUToday (post coverage), 10.27.2016

MSUToday, 10.28.2016

Sacramento Bee, 10.26.2016

San Francisco Chronicle,10.26.2017

Technology Century, 10.3.2016

WLNS TV 6, 10.26.2016

WTOL, 10.26.2016

9 & 10 News, Cadillac and Traverse City, 10.26.2016  


Here’s more on October media -- 

Startup businesses are picking Michigan these days, because that’s where the engineers are. Schools in the region include University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Purdue University, consistently adding to the talent supply.
Automotive News, 10.31.2016 

Grace, the underwater robot created by MSU Foundation Professor Xiaobo Tan and his research team in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, swims like a fish.
Motherboard, 10.26.2016 

Universities are complex systems and sometimes intertwined, as the Chronicle of Higher Education reports in “A Family Profession.” See note on Martin C. Hawley, a professor of chemical engineering and materials science, senior associate dean of engineering, and director of the Composite Vehicle Research Center at Michigan State University.
Chronicle of Higher Education, 10.23.2016

Research on wearable devices that are powered by human motion being conducted by ECE associate professor Nelson Sepulveda and graduate student Tongyu Wang is getting national notice.
ScienceDirect, 10.13.2016
UCLA Newsroom, 10.21.2016

Tenneco has supportedthe MSU CoRe Experience with almost $300,000 and a newly designed lobby workspace. A celebration on Oct. 14 included Tenneco COO Brian Kesseler, MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon, and Engineering Dean Leo Kempel.
AfterMarket News, 10.20.2016
Auto Channel, 10.17.2016
BusinessWire, 10.17.2016
Fox 47 Lansing, 10.18.2016
MFR Tech, 10.17.2016
MorningStar, 10.17.2016
MSUToday, 10.18.2016
Nasdaq, 10.17.2016
sNewsi, 10.17.2016
Tech Century, 10.18.2016
TMC Net, 10.17.2016
Tulsa TV 6 (Oklahoma), 10.17.2016
Yahoo Finance, 10.17.2016
WLNS TV 6 Lansing 

Anil Jain, University Distinguished Professor of computer science and engineering, continues to attract national and international media for a variety of stories:
• NPR stations around the country, including Albany, Atlanta, Dallas, Jacksonville, New Orleans/more, ran a story on flawed facial recognition technology being used by police.
NPR All Tech Considered, 10.25.2016
• Technology from the old James Bond movies is both reality and flawed. His research team cracked the fingerprint security code.
Big News Network, 10.21.2016
BTN Journey, 10.25.2016
Daily Mail (United Kingdom), 10.20.2016
ECN Magazine, 10.20.2016
Engineering.com, 10.21.2016
EurekAlert!, 10.19.2016
Fox 47 Lansing, 10.20.2016
Indian Express, 10.21.2016
India Times of India, 10.21.2016
Jobs & Hire, 10.21.2016
NewsWise, 10.20.2016
Phonetics, 10.24.2016
PhysOrg News, 10.20.2016
Quartz, 10.20.2016
Scienmag, 10.20.2016
WXYZ TV 7 Detroit, 10.11.2016
Preview on WXYZ TV 7 Detroit on Anil Jain research, 10.10.2016

• Fingerprint project with children in India -- Jain and his team of biometrics researchers demonstrated in a first-of-its-kind study that digital scans of a young child's fingerprint can be correctly recognized one year later.
Big News Networks, 10.18.2016
EurekAlert!, 10.17.2016
Science NewsLine, 10.17.2016
State News, 10.16.2016
Yahoo India, 10.18.2016 

An MSU graduate, who relied on a scholarship in the 1960s to help complete his college education, is giving a $5.3 million charitable bequest to the school's College of Engineering. The Associated Press moved the story nationally. Here’s just a sampling of media:
Bradenton Herald (Florida), 10.11.2016
Centre Daily Times (Pennsylvania), 10.11.2016
Charlotte Observer (N.C.), 10.11.2016
Fox 28 (Elkhart, Indiana), 10.11.2016
Fox 47 Lansing, 10.11.2016
Idaho Statesman, 10.11.2016
Lansing State Journal, 10.11.2016
Macon Telegraph (Georgia), 10.11.2016
MLive Flint, 10.14.2016
Modesto Bee (California), 10.11.2016
MSUToday, 10.11.2016
Newswise, (Journalist newswire system), 10.11.2016
Olympian (Washington), 10.11.2016
Tech Century, 10.11.2016
The Daily Progress (Virginia), 10.11.2016
WILX TV 10 Lansing, 10.11.2016
WSJM 94.9 Radio St. Joseph, 10.11.2016
WTOL TV 11 Toledo, 10.11.2016
WZZM TV 13 Grand Rapids, 10.11.2016
WWJ Radio – interview with Dean Leo Kempel, 10.11.2016
WJRT TV 12 Flint
WKAR Radio Lansing 

Susan Masten is part of a University Research Corridor team that is examining if the water filters being used in Flint are best for the Flint water distribution system. The professor of civil and environmental engineering has learned that after filtration, chemicals in the water are below levels that are measurable.
Michigan News, 10.10.2016
Michigan Radio, 10.12.2016
MSUToday, 10.11.2016
TechCentury, 10.11.2016
Wayne State News, 10.11.2016

Starting salaries for new college graduates this year should see some of the best starting salaries in a decade, predicts an MSU survey of more than 4,300 employers -- electrical engineers: $62,428; software design: $61,466; civil engineering: $54,333.
Detroit News, 10.5.2016
MSUToday, 10.4.2016 

Homeland Security eyes expanding biometric collections at U.S. borders -- Arun Ross, director of the Integrated Pattern Recognition and Biometrics lab at MSU, said the collected data should, at a minimum, be encrypted while it is stored. It should also have "cancelable properties," which could nullify the value of stolen data.
Christian Science Monitor, 9.9.2016

Other news --

Friends of the College
Shannon Houtrouw was coding before it was cool. The Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center (KAMSC) instructor began transforming computer courses into hands-on coding and computer science opportunities nearly 20 years ago. He brings his KAMSC teams to the MSU High School Computer Programming competition each year, working with faculty members and Women in Engineering staff members.
MEA Voice, October 2016

Advance Auto Parts Inc. has appointed Thomas Okray (’85) as executive vice president, chief financial officer, effective Oct. 31. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from MSU and now lives in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. area.
Tire Review, 10.5.2016

The Detroit Zoo is again preparing for its wildly popular holiday light show, thanks to the creative design of electrical engineer Steve Greening (’96, ‘98). As technical supervisor, he helps attract 170,000 people a year to see the five million LED lights.
Grosse Pointe News, 10.13.2016 

What was once a Design Day project is now a revolutionary new device that helps babies with jaundice. Alexa Jones (’14) is the CEO of TheraB Medical, where a specialized blanket allows parents to hold babies during jaundice treatments.
Babble, 10.17.2016 

Current Students
Anthony Capriglione, a computer science senior, has met the challenges of an MSU education while dealing with autism spectrum disorder. MSU has created programs to help develop his strengths and aid in his challenges.
State News, 10.20.2016 

“A House Without Snakes:” one of the college’s current MasterCard Scholars was part of a documentary featured at the 2016 Buffalo (N.Y.) International Film Festival, Oct. 8-9. Ketelelo Moapare, from Botswana, is an undergraduate studying civil engineering. At the age of 13, he helped Peace Corps volunteers set up the first community library in New Xade. His hope is to live in a house with no snakes some day.
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal,10.10.2016

Engineering students at U.S. colleges are getting valuable experience in both hands-on engineering and communications while helping others as they carry out humanitarian and engineering projects. Students at MSU will be helping folks in Kenya by developing a filter that converts grey water into safe irrigation water and giving villagers in Guatemala a helping hand by building a thresher for harvesting green pigeon peas.
Machine Design, 10.5.2016

It’s a family reunion for the Okoniewski family at Consumers Energy. Tom M. Okoniewski is in his 19th year at Consumers Energy. Pete Okoniewski, in his second year with Consumers, is an intern and works in the customer attachment program.
Jackson Citizen Patriot, 10.6.2016 

Incoming Students
Traverse City Student of the Month: Traverse City St. Francis High School senior Shea Flannery is in the National Honor Society, on the varsity soccer team and played JV volleyball. She received the Excellence in Geometry Award, Scholar Athlete and Academic Athlete Award and maintains a 4.125 grade point average. She plans to attend MSU Engineering.
Traverse City Record Eagle, 10.17.2016


MSU Pride Point
• Oct. 25: Assistant professor Mohsen Zayernouri won a 2017 Young Investigator Program Award from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

Oct. 31, 2016

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Patricia Mroczek, Communications Manager
MSU College of Engineering, Room 3415
517-432-1303, mroczekp@egr.msu.edu