August 2017 Media Report

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Sept. 1, 2017

August 2017 Media Report - A monthly look at what is being reported on the MSU Engineering community.  

Four podcasts – ranging from WJR in Detroit to the BBC in Europe – broadcast updates on the College of Engineering in August. Listen to: 

Arun Ross, professor of computer science and engineering, who was one of four panelists in a BBC Newshour Extra program titled "Facing the Future,” moderated by British journalist Owen Bennett Jones.
BBC NewsHour Extra

Christopher Contag, inaugural director of the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering and chair of the new Department of Biomedical Engineering, discuss new biomedical engineering endeavors with MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon and Athletic Director Mark Hollis.
MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon, Professor Hayder Radha, and Athletic Director Mark Hollis discuss MSU's autonomous vehicle technology on a recent Spartan Podcast.
Spartan Podcast

Hayder Radha, CANVAS Director and professor of electrical and computer engineering, in conversation with MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon and Athletic Director Mark Hollis on autonomous vehicles (24:00 mark).
Spartan Podcast

Dana Kirk, assistant professor of biosystems and agricultural engineering, talks with WJR’s Paul W. Smith on anaerobic digestion and renewable resources.
Paul W. Smith on WJR

In other news -- 

• University Distinguished Professor Anil K. Jain in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering spoke at the dual inauguration ceremony for the Thai Smart Security Association and the Thai Secure Identity Biometric Association in Thailand in July. The program noted he is widely considered one of the world’s preeminent biometrics experts.
Find Biometrics

• A team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and MSU have developed an algorithm to automatically check fingerprints in an attempt to remove the potential for errors. The research is by co-authors including University Distinguished Professor Anil Jain, Assistant Professor Jiayu Zhou, Research Associate Kai Cao, and PhD student Tarang Chugh, all of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
BioMetric Update
Homeland Preparedness News
Huffington Post
IEEE Electronics 360
New Atlas
Occupational Health & Safety
Research & Development Magazine 

What’s in your water? Rebecca Lahr, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and Lyman Briggs College, presented her research on Aug. 22 in Washington, D.C., at the 254th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society.Rebecca Lahr
Chemical & Engineering News
Chemistry World
Food & Wine

MSU hosted the Fourth International Symposium on the Environmental Dimension of Antibiotic Resistance (EDAR) for 250 participants from 30 countries in August. Edwin Willits Professor Syed Hashsham and Research Assistant Professor Robert Stedtfeld, both from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, are already working on ways to evaluate the antibiotic resistance implications for human health, along with Jade Mitchell, assistant professor of biosystems engineering and agricultural engineering.
Tech Century 

Researchers at MSU, supported by the American Chemistry Council's automotive group, believe they have hit on a new kind of adhesive that will enable manufacturers to join multiple materials. (The research is by Mahmood Haq, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering.)
Automotive News

Scientists team up to track fish in the Great Lakes, including Xiaobo Tan, director of the smart microsystems lab at MSU. GRACE, the robofish, is a green fish lookalike outfitted with fins and a tail.
Alpena News
Daily Mining Gazette, Houghton, Michigan 

Shanelle Foster, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, was named a finalist in the Naval Research Concept Challenge, that is hosted by the Office of U.S. Naval Research.
Fox 47 Lansing

MSU celebrated the opening of a new lab space for the Materials Simulation Laboratory in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Aug. 7 in Room 1105, Engineering Building.
Tech Century (Engineering Society of Detroit)

MSU’s College of Engineering is offering a one-credit co-op course to engineering interns in western Michigan. About 25 students who are interning at Grand Rapids-area companies are involved in the “Grand Rapids Semester,” MLive reported. The 10-week class immerses them in the community.
Associated Press
ASEE First Bell (See Higher Education section)
Cadillac TV 9 & 10 News
Detroit News
Houston Chronicle
U.S. News & World Report
Washington Times
World News
WJRT TV 12 Flint
WKAR East Lansing

The electrical engineering master’s program in Midland is getting statewide exposure as a sidebar story to Nexteer wanting to hire 200 new workers.
MLive (Saginaw/BayCity/Flint/Flushing/Grand Blanc) 

Alumni news
Timothy Weller, who earned a bachelor’s degree (1987) and master’s degree (1988) in electrical engineering at MSU, has joined Datto, Inc., as chief financial officer.
Boston City Biz
New York City Biz 

Steve Price, who received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2016, set three new national records with this year’s Incredible Science Machine in Taylor in July. Final results – new U.S. records for most dominoes toppled at 245,732, the largest domino field of 12,450, and the largest domino structure of 12,780.
Hometown News

Current students
Korey Cook
is a first-year mechanical engineering graduate student who hopes to develop cost effective, sustainable, and efficient energy storage systems.

Incoming students
Almost half of the 20 entering freshmen receiving prestigious Alumni Distinguished Scholarships or University Distinguished Scholarships this fall are headed to the College of Engineering. The scholarships are valued at about $120,000 for in-state students and $200,000 for out-of-state students.

At least four of Brighton High School’s top 10 seniors are headed to the MSU College of Engineering – most will study chemical engineering or computer science.
Livingston Daily

Anthony Richard spent the summer in the U.P. helping the DNR work on environmental building projects as part of Healthy Kidz of Detroit. Next, he’s headed to MSU to study computer science.
Mining Journal

MSU Pride Points
• Aug. 11:  Craig Gunn named fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education.
• Aug. 14: Dana Kirk, assistant professor of biosystems and agricultural engineering, talked anaerobic digestion on WJR’s Paul W. Smith Podcast on Aug. 10.
Aug. 25: Shanelle Foster, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is a national finalist in the Naval Research Concept Challenge with her research on 3D printing.
• Aug. 30: Twenty incoming students have been awarded an Alumni Distinguished Scholarship or University Distinguished Scholarship. (Almost half are headed to the College of Engineering.