September 2018 Media Report

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Oct. 1, 2018

A monthly look at the media is reporting on the MSU Engineering community 

The College of Engineering is well represented in a paid promotion in the New York Times, created by MSU's Communications and Brand Strategy.MSU’s Communications and Brand Strategy rolled out a national paid promotion in the New York Times in September and featured the solar panel research by Richard Lunt of chemical engineering and materials science.

Richard Lunt, the Johansen Crosby Endowed Associate Professor of chemical engineering and materials sciences, was selected to lead this sponsored news package – “A New Superpower on the Horizon.” Also featured are:

•  Hayder Radha, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and MSU’s autonomous and connected vehicle research in CANVAS – “Safer Autonomous Vehicles,” and

• “Brave New Medical Discoveries” featuring IQ and BME Director Christopher Contag.
New York Times (paid post)
MSUToday - Safer Autonomous Vehicles
MSUToday - Brave New Medical Discoveries
MSU Faculty Voice - Christopher Contag 

MSU and its partners will receive a competitive $2 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop innovative designs for long-duration storage on the U.S power grid. Mechanical engineering professors James Klausner and Joerg Petrasch are co-investigators on “Scalable Thermochemical Option for Renewable Energy Storage (STORES).”
dBusiness (Detroit)
MI Tech News
Tech Century
World Industrial Reporter 

Research led by Ramakrishna Mukkamala on a proof-of-concept blood pressure app was published in "Scientific Reports" and featured in a variety of international media.MSU has invented a proof-of-concept blood pressure app that can give accurate readings using an iPhone - with no special equipment. The discovery, featured in the current issue of Scientific Reports, was made by a team of scientists led by Ramakrishna Mukkamala, professor of electrical and computer engineering.
Clinical Innovation + Technology
dBusiness (Detroit)
First Post
Fit Manitoba
Health Care Chronicle
Laboratory Equipment
Leading Mobile News
Medical X-Press
Med India
New Atlas
News India Times
Salud Equitativa
Science Codex
Science Daily
The Indian Wire
Wall Street Journal

Facial recognition goes mainstream -- “It is likely that some of the data that we have provided in the past will come back to haunt us,” said Arun Ross, professor of computer science and engineering at MSU. “We will discover it is providing insights into our lives that we never thought possible.”
Wall Street Journal 

Consumers Energy unveils new large battery to store renewable energy. Consumers, MSU, and WMU engineering students will help with a yearlong study to see how battery powered energy could be used around Michigan.
dBusiness (Detroit)
Kalamazoo Gazette
Markets Insider
WWMT (Kalamazoo) 

Chemical engineer Shiwang Cheng received the 2018 Peter Debye Prize for Young Investigators in Dielectric Research by the International Dielectric Society in Brussels in August. The assistant professor of chemical engineering and materials science was recognized for his significant results on polymer nanocomposites.

Yunhao Liu of computer science and engineering and Peter Savolinen of civil and environmental engineering have been named MSU Foundation Professors. The designation is given to outstanding faculty members who demonstrate excellence in research and teaching, while enhancing the prominence of the institution.

MSU’s Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research, in collaboration with the College of Engineering, has been awarded a three-year $269,547 National Science Foundation International Research Experience for Students grant to support U.S.-China collaboration on the development and enhancement of software and algorithms for supercomputers with emerging architectures.

New MSU app makes getting around campus easier. It began as a Design Day project by a team of computer science seniors.
State News 

Michigan State welcomed NASA astronaut Michael Foale to campus. He was hosted by Patton Allison of mechanical engineering.
State News – Q&A
State News - Feature story 

MSU’s College of Engineering brought STEM activities to the Second Annual East Lansing Robotics Fest on Sept. 16.  “This is a great way to expose kids to a STEM field,” said Andrew Kim, assistant to the dean of the College of Engineering.
State News 

Construction begins on new $100 million STEM facility at MSU.
Plant Services 

MSU to share $9 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to study advanced car technologies. Michigan State University will receive $967,662 for research that includes biofuels.
Detroit News 

If zoos have a lot of one thing, it's manure. That's why the Detroit Zoo turned to MSU researcher Dana Kirk to convert manure into power. He is an assistant professor of biosystems and agricultural engineering.
Michigan Radio 

Michigan State's missing dragster: Spartan Engineering alumni are trying to find their missing SAE racecar, last seen in 1974.
Lansing State Journal
Hot Rod Network

AES senior Erin McDonald is featured in a video on Spartans All-Access as a member of MSU's cross country team.Good video story on Erin McDonald, a senior in applied engineering sciences and member of the Spartan cross country team. The video includes Erin’s mother, Maura McDonald (EA ’87), who received the AES Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015.
Spartans All-Access 

Mechanical engineering senior Katie Frayer is helping MSU celebrate its new permanent standing wheelchair hockey floor in Demonstration Hall and explains the importance of this “first in the world” achievement. She is a founding member of the MSU Adaptive Sports & Recreation Club.
WLNS TV 6 Lansing 

Preetam Giri, a PhD student in chemical engineering, was honored at the Society of Plastics Engineers Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) in Novi in early September. Giri received an ACCE scholarship. His advisor is University Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Ramani Narayan.
Composites World 

Senior Kayla Kavulich is balancing her studies in chemical engineering with an elite running career in MSU track and cross country. She is a second-generation Spartan athlete.
State News


Caleb Tesluck, a freshman in computer science at MSU,is this year’s recipient of the Marvin Longuski Scholarship.
Port Huron Times Herald 

John Kaufmann, a senior in chemical engineering, won a $15,000 scholarship in the Greatness Is Earned Scholarship Award program from Six Star Pro Nutrition®.
Omaha World Herald

News note/MSU --
ASEE First Bell posted the Associated Press story on MSU’s efforts to study communications after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico.
ASEE First Bell 

MSU Pride Point
• Sept. 21: MSU chemical engineer Shiwang Cheng received the 2018 Peter Debye Prize for Young Investigators in Dielectric Research by the International Dielectric Society for “significant results on polymer nanacomposites.”