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June 2019 Media Report

A monthly look at media stories on MSU Engineering

Honeywell CEO Darius Adamczyk ('88) tells Fortune Magazine that good leaders don't always follow the crowd.
Honeywell CEO Darius Adamczyk ('88) tells Fortune Magazine that good leaders listen.

Honeywell CEO’s best leadership advice: “Don’t always follow the crowd.” – The immigrant story of Spartan Engineer Darius Adamczyk is well known. Watch his conversation as he talks to Fortune about balancing professional and personal life goals. Adamczyk earned two degrees – electrical engineering and computer engineering -- in 1988 from MSU.



Dean Leo Kempel was on the WILS Morning Wake-Up with Dave Akerly, Radio 1320, on June 27 discussing ways that technology will be used to update the state’s infrastructure. He had been a featured panelist for the University Research Corridor’s Infrastructure Innovation Tour, hosted at Wayne State.
WILS 1320 - Live in Lansing

University Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Ramani Narayan is quoted nationally in a story on “Replacing Plastic: Can Bacteria Help Us Break the Habit?” He reminded us to think of “biodegradable plastics” as litter until it biodegrades.
Minnesota Public Radio
NPR Morning Edition (audio)
Northern California Public Broadcasting
NPR (website)
Vermont Public Radio
Virginia Public Radio (via BBC)

Inside the Controversial World of Composting Toilets -- There is a need for sanitation alternatives, said Joan Rose, the Homer Nowlin Chair in Water Research and a member of the Department of Biosystems and Agriculture Engineering. Most organisms that live in the human gut are harmless or even beneficial, but fecal matter also contains disease-causing parasites and microbes that can be transmitted to a new host.
Inside Science

Reporters have taken note of Infant-Prints, a low-cost, high-resolution and portable solution to accurately identify infants in an effort to help reduce infant mortality around the world. University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Anil Jain is leading a group of scientists from MSU and Dayalbagh, India, that introduced Infant-Prints at two international conferences. (See Infant-Print video.)

​  Biometrics PhD student Joshua Engelsma is on the research team of University Distinguished Professor Anil Jain advancing world health through Infant-Prints. ​
Biometrics PhD student Joshua Engelsma is on the MSU research team advancing world health through Infant-Prints.

Biometric Update
Tech Explore
@BTN LiveBig


Scrap tires to asphalt - Research by M. Emin Kutay, associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is featured in Bridge Magazine's examination of solutions for improving Michigan roads. He is testing crumb rubber modified asphalt in nine local roads.
Bridge Magazine

MSU is part of a 10-university project to tackle equity and inclusion in STEM.

Researchers at MSU have successfully created the first completely transparent solar panels that can collect solar energy without affecting the transference of light – making it possible to install them on surfaces that would otherwise be unsuitable for collecting green energy. Richard Lunt, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, said the technology can be installed relatively inexpensively.
Indiana Environmental Reporter
The Open Mind

Larry Fleis
(’73) - winner of this year’s MSU Civil and Environmental Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award – leads the multi-state Fleis & VandenBrink Engineering Inc. as his day job. But the multi-talented Spartan Engineer will break out his accordion to help Northern Michigan’s Cedar Polka Fest open its annual event on June 20 with the sounds of Larry & His Larks.
Northern Express

Mary Wroten (’96 mechanical and biomedical engineering) is the associate director for global sustainability at Ford and helps guide the company’s environmental and social sustainability. She talks about Ford’s progress and what’s next in sustainability with WKAR Producer Russ White on MSUToday.

Penny Wirsing Commencement speech at MSU examines if there is a typical working parent.
SWE blog

Incoming Spartans
Emily Davis
is graduating from Goodrich High School in the top ten of her class with a 4.069 GPA. She will attend MSU in the fall to pursue chemical and biomedical engineering.
Grand Blanc View

Twins graduate from Flushing High School with GPAs over 4.0. Andrew Kearney will attend MSU to study biosystems engineering, with a concentration in food or medical engineering. His twin, Anna, will attend the University of Alabama.

MSU Pride Point
• July 9:
Biosystems engineering student Carly Gomez is using an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to assess the risk of listeriosis posed to cancer patients from eating fresh fruits and vegetables.