December 2017 Media Report

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Dec. 28, 2017

December 2017 Media Report - A monthly look at what is being written about the MSU Engineering community

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The Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering is helping create “a better tomorrow through computing,” says Chair Andrew Christlieb and others.
CMSE video

• Dean Leo Kempel explains how MSU is working with organizations like the National Center for Women & Information Technology to increase the number of women in computer science.Engineering Dean Leo Kempel was featured in a NCWIT video as well as two stories in Crain's Detroit Business in December.
NCWIT video

• Fire safety research by postdoc research fellow Mohammad Naser and University Distinguished Professor Venkatesh Kodur, of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is advancing ways to protect buildings from fire.
BTN LiveBig

• The next “Introduce A Girl To Engineering” is Feb. 24 for girls in grades 4-8th. MSU Engineering provides 150 faculty, grad students, and undergrad volunteers to make sure the girls enjoy five lively hands-on activities during this popular career exploration event.
Introduce a Girl to Engineering 

December 2017 Media Report

Three MSU experts are featured in this industry story in “Composites World” on reversible multi-material adhesive bonds. Here’s what University Distinguished Professor Lawrence Drzal, ECE Professor Lalita Udpa, and CEE Assistant Professor Mahmood Haq have to say on MSU research that is moving the auto industry closer to structurally joining dissimilar materials during a vehicle’s useful life – then separating them for repair or recycling.
Composites World 

18 bright ideas for 2018 – The Christian Science Monitor featured MSU research in its year-end technology overview, including mentions of solar panel research (by Richard Lunt, Johansen Crosby Endowed Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science) and the LemurFaceID (by University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Anil Jain).
Christian Science Monitor 

The launch of self-driving vehicle testing at the American Center for Mobility west of Detroit came with something that frequently confounds human drivers in Michigan — snow. Details about the study, including its cost, will be unveiled at the 2018 Washington (D.C.) Auto Show, which begins next month. The study involves Texas A&M and Michigan State University and the center will provide some money for the study. Associate Dean John Verboncoeur is among those advising ACM in its development.

Michigan State researchers aim to help self-driving cars handle Michigan weather -- It's one thing for a self-driving car to navigate the sunny Southwest. Michigan presents other challenges. Think icy roads, sudden blizzards, and foggy mornings. Enter Michigan State University and Hayder Radha, director of the CANVAS project – Connected and Autonomous Networked Vehicles for Active Safety.
Lansing State Journal 

Auto Tune Models (ATM) is an automated system that beats human-designed machine learning solutions for 30 percent of datasets tested. ATM can augment the work of data scientists and offer more peace of mind that they are selecting the right model, says Arun Ross, professor in Computer Science and Engineering at MSU, and a senior author on the paper.Arun Ross, professor of Computer Science and Engineering, is senior author on a paper featured in MIT News on Auto Tune Models for datasets.
MIT News
R & D Magazine
Tech Republic 

Two research leaders at MSU’s Axia Institute have been selected for the 2018 MSU Academy for Global Engagement (AGE)fellowship program, an initiative designed to empower early- to mid-career faculty to become the next generation of global researchers. Axia's Bahar Aliakbarian and Amanpreet Kaur will be two of the 10 fellows in the 2018 AGE cohort.
Midland Daily News 

IACMI meeting in January to include facilities tours -- The January meeting will include tours of the Scale-Up Research Facility (SURF). MSU, which leads IACMI's lightweighting in vehicle structures initiative, is a core partner and manages the manufacturing innovation hub in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood.
Cision - PR Newswire

MSU now uses a multi-modal biometric reader to secure some Computer Science and Engineering labs.
CR80 News 

Associate Professor Tim Whitehead of the departments of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering serves as co-advisor for MSU’s iGem team (International Genetically Engineered Machines), which took second place honors at this year’s international competition in Boston.

STEM talent pool deepening in Midland with help of MSU -- Engineering Dean Leo Kempel is quoted in Crain’s on MSU investing in Midland by offering STEM courses and new talent development through a master’s degree from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Crain's Detroit Business
North Coast builds on Dow legacy - "Lindsay (Aspegren) has been a key partner for us," said Leo Kempel, dean of the College of Engineering.
Crain's Detroit Business 

Roy Perryman, Patrick Pale, Ryan Johnson and (front) Scott Swarthout and Nayana Kodur created a mobile app to enhance the MSU experience.Design Day -- One of the projects of note was the Spartan Experience App (SEA). This app is intended to help students and visitors get around the MSU campus. Students Ryan Johnson, Nayana Kodur, Patrick Pale, Roy Perryman, and Scott Swarthout worked together on the app in their Senior Capstone Course to create the mobile app that they say they actually needed as MSU freshmen. The team members are students in the MSU Department of Computer Science and Engineering.
Fox 47 Lansing
WILX TV 10 Lansing

Gun maker’s exploding rifle leaves trail of injured hunters -- Martin Crimp, an MSU metals expert who examined a 10ML-II that exploded and caused a hunter to lose multiple fingers in 2009, told the AP the barrel of that gun was “metallurgically defective.” The Associated Press moved the story nationally.
WTOP (Washington, D.C.) 

How good is a window if we can’t see anything through it? Michigan State University is creating a glass-like transparent solar material that has five percent efficiency.
Green Matters 

A robotic fish may be an unlikely ally in the fight against antibiotic resistance. Swimming through streams and lakes, it will monitor the levels of antibiotics in the water, among other pollutants. “The idea is to put sensors on the robots so that you can gather data from different locations in an automated manner,” said MSU Foundation Professor Xiaobo Tan.
New Scientist

The SmartAg International Symposium, held at Michigan State University Dec. 3-6, connected researchers, practitioners and policymakers who are tackling the global agro-food problem of producing more with less. John Verboncoeur, associate dean for research in the College of Engineering, is chair of the SmartAg Initiative executive committee.
Fox 47 Lansing

Two from the College of Engineering – Trey Pfeiffer of mechanical engineering and Lucas Wolfe of electrical and computer engineering – are both awarded MSU Board of Trustee Awards as they end their college careers and graduate with 4.0 GPAs.

Jacob Duckworth was named an outstanding intern by NASA for his fall internship at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He worked in the software, robotics and simulation division of the Johnson Space Center on systems that help facilitate human exploration and the development of space. He is a junior in MSU’s Honors College, where is majoring in biosystems engineering and physics.
Holland Sentinel 

Applied Engineering Sciences junior Elizabeth Slifkin came to MSU because of the entrepreneurial programming offered. She has a minor in entrepreneurship and innovation. She started the student group OptimizeMSU, which focuses on social innovation and applying the entrepreneurial mindset to social problems.

Avid conservationist William A. Demmer (BS MECH EGR ’70) was awarded the Thomas L. Washington Lifetime Commitment to Conservation Award by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission on Dec. 14. He is chief executive officer of Demmer Corp., River Caddis, Demmer Properties, Airport Realty, Demmer Investments, and Palmer Engineering.
Petoskey News Review. 

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Disability Network/Lakeshore recognized 20 individuals who increased the quality of life for those with disabilities in West Michigan. Honored was the late Forrest Fynewever (BS MECH EGR ’48) for his work to create abarrier-free environment in Hol­land, Michigan.
Grand Haven Tribune 

MSU graduates Chad (’09 CHEMS) and Michelle Rogers (’08 CHEMS) opened Dimes Brewhouse in Dimondale on Dec. 21.
Lansing State Journal 


MSU Pride Points
Dec. 1: Tamara Reid Bush, associate professor of mechanical engineering, has been named a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for significant achievements to mechanical and biomedical engineering.
Dec. 7: Peng Zhang is the second Spartan Engineer in two years to receive a Young Investigator Award from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
Dec. 28: Koenig Endowed Chair Kalyanmoy Deb was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in India last month.