May 2017 Media Report

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June 1, 2017

May 2017 Media Report -- a monthly sampling of what is being written about the MSU Engineering community

May’s media highlights for the Michigan State University College of Engineering include the naming of a new department head, and ongoing national coverage on biometrics expert Anil Jain, a University Distinguished Professor of computer science and engineering. See this month’s samples below, including these two media notes:

•  Sophia Lunt, who recently joined the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science as an adjunct professor, has the most watched (almost 35,000 views) among the MSU TEDx lectures. Watch her video: Cancer cells love candy. 

There was a strong social media buzz that MSU and the University of Michigan had their autonomous vehicles on display inside a tent on Shepler’s Ferry dock as visitors headed to the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference, May 30-31. Fan support came from a chorus of tweeters from MSU, U-Michigan, MichiganPlanetM, MEDC, Shepler’s Ferry, Automation Alley, CSP Plastics, Cognitive Pilot, and more. 

May 2017 Media Report

Donald Morelli, interim chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, has been named chair, effective June 1.
Technology Century

University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Anil Jain continues to receive recognition for his research and contributions.MSU Police Detective Rathbun and MSU Police Chief Dunlop honored University Distinguished Professor Anil Jain for meritorious aid in protecting life.
• CBS national news quoted Dr. Jain for a story on Delta Airlines’ announcement it will launch a new, self-service bag drop powered by facial recognition technology, the first of its kind at U.S. airports.
CBS News
• JetBlue will test facial recognition system for boarding at Logan Airport
Boston Globe
Conde Nast Traveler
• Dr. Jain and his research team received civilian citations from the Lansing Police Department and MSU Police.
BioMetric Update
• Advances in biometric technology could expand healthcare coverage in Africa
BioMetric Update 

Nelson Sepulveda, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and his research team created a paper-thin, flexible device that not only can generate energy from human motion, it can act as a loudspeaker and microphone as well. Nanotechnology researchers reported on the technology on May 16 in Nature Communications.
Nelson Sepulveda is an engineer who turned a flag into a loudspeaker.
Daily Mail (United Kingdom)
Energy Daily
Gizmodo, 5.17.2017
Indiana Ag Connection
Live Science, 5.18.2017
MSUToday, 5.16.2017
Physics Central
R & D Magazine
Tech Century
Wall Street Journal
Yahoo Tech
ZME Science

One of the most read newspapers in Southern India published a story on the late Verghese Kurien ('48, mechanical engineering) following a May 24 ceremony at MSU honoring him. Among those attending the ceremony were Engineering Dean Leo Kempel, Executive Vice President Satish Udpa, Associate Provost Steven Hanson, and others.
Deccan Herald (India)

Researchers in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering developed a glaucoma monitoring device to provide care when patients are away from their doctor.

University Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Lawrence Drzal was featured when more than 200 current and future leaders in the automotive and transportation industries convened May 16-17 at the Road 2 Composites Workshop at the CVRC.
Composites One
IACMI news 

Eight alumni and a teacher from Rockford Schools were honored May 6 during the 2017 Alumni Awards banquet.

Smartphones can be fooled by fake fingerprints that are made up of several common features found in human fingerprints, researchers at New York University and Michigan State University claim. The authors include MSU professor of computer science and engineering Arun Ross.
India West
Payments Source

Computers to humans – shall we play a game?Computer science has come a long way, according to Arend Hintz, assistant professor of integrative biology and computer science and engineering.
The Conversation
San Francisco Chronicle

Hayder Radha, director of CANVAS and a professor of electrical and computer engineering, talked with President Lou Anna K. Simon and Athletic Director Mark Hollis on the future of autonomous vehicle technology in this Spartan podcast.

Associate professor of computer science and engineering Richard Enbody was interviewed on the recent worldwide cyber attack, "Local companies increase security in light of global cyber attacks."
WILX TV 10 Lansing
WLNS TV 6 Lansing 

Alumni News
The Mike Sadler Foundation, which honors the late Michael Sadler (AES ’13), will get $1 from every specialty craft beer sold during a benefit hosted by the Colorado Spartans alumni club. Sadler, an award-winning punter on the MSU football team, died last July in a tragic car accident. His family helped create the craft beer with Jagged Mountain Brewery during a recent brewing event in Denver.
Detroit Free Press
The Spun
WOOD TV (Grand Rapids) 

The video of Michael Geiger ('17) doing a windmill with his arms to celebrate his new Applied Engineering Sciences degree on May 7 was broadcast nationally just as his special victory for the Spartan football team in Ohio Stadium was.
Campus Sports, 5.8.2017
SB Nation

Jeff VanWashenova (ELEC EGR ’02) shared his thoughts on “Leveraging Autonomous Cars for Racing and Commuting” as a guest writer.
Sensors OnLine 

Student News
As a sophomore studying environmental engineering, Thiramet “Dream” Sotthiyapai’s life plans immediately changed the day he found out he was being awarded a scholarship from Thailand’s government. See his inspiring video.

PhD student Christine James in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science was featured on the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science homepage (see University Research) for her U.S. DOE Graduate Research Award on May 25.Christine James earned a U.S. DOE Graduate Research Award.
U.S. DOE Office of Science homepage

Two Applied Engineering Sciences majors will represent the College of Engineering on the 2017-18 Homecoming Court. Students Shuning Liu and Colin White are ambassadors for activities that including Homecoming Week in October.

Incoming Students
Lakeland High School valedictorian Brendan Zuk plans to attend MSU in the fall for a degree in computer science.
Spinal Column (Oakland County, Michigan)

Derek Cheyne is the recipient of a Michigan Automotive Parts Association (MAPA) 2017 Educational Development Scholarship Fund, valued at $1,500. He will study electrical engineering.
AfterMarket News

Kyle Kierzyk of Wheaton, Illinois, will be a member of the MSU's Honors College this fall. He will study chemical engineering and CMSE.
Daily Herald
Wheaton, Illinois Patch

Evans Scholar William Meaton of Lansing Catholic High School is grateful that his good grades, good character, and caddying experiences have given him a full ride to MSU. He is interested in biomedical engineering.
WILX TV 10 Lansing
Fox 47 Lansing 

Gabriel Gaskin, a standout academic student at Owosso High School with a 4.2 GPA, is headed to MSU to study civil engineering.
Owosso Argus-Press 

Joseph Riordan of Solon, Ohio, will study biosystems engineering and be a member of Honors College.


MSU Pride Points
• May 1: Electrical and computer engineer Mi Zhang has been named a 2017 NIH mHealth Scholar and will spend Aug. 6-11 at UCLA at the 2017 mHealth Training Institute working on mobile sensor data-to-knowledge.
• May 12: James Klausner, chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, was a judge for the U.S.-Israel Integrated Energy and Desalination Design Challenge, May 17-18 in Jerusalem.
May 23: Electrical engineering graduate Anthony Sumcad received a 2017 Asian American Most Promising Engineer Award.
• May 26: MSU University Distinguished Professor Anil Jain received a Civilian Citation from Lansing PD for using biometrics to unlock a cell phone in a murder investigation.