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August 2019 Media Report

Sept. 2, 2019

August 2019 Media Report

The expertise of University Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Ramani Narayan continues to be utilized nationally:

The expertise of University Distinguished Professor Ramani Narayan has been featured in National Geographic twice this summer.
University Distinguished Professor Ramani Narayan has been quoted in National Geographic twice this summer.

How the plastic bottle went from miracle container to hated garbage: “There is an overuse of plastic bottles that needs to be curtailed,” Narayan said. “But the problem is misuse of bottles at the end of their life. The issue is the recovery of the product and incentives to recycle …”
National Geographic
• Tell the truth now, do companies really want to be green?
Plastics Today
• Are biodegradable plastics sustainable?
The Week

What can a hacker do with your stolen fingerprints? There are multiple ways to fool fingerprint readers, according to Anil Jain, who heads the Biometrics Research Group at MSU. Stolen fingerprints are more helpful to hackers if they also have the metadata since two-factor security systems often require both conventional passwords and fingerprint scans. Jain is a University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering.

The sensors that Nizar Lafnef, of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and his team of researchers are installing on the Mackinac Bridge were featured in Forbes Magazine: Michigan’s Mighty Mackinac Bridge has mega monitoring system powered by traffic. The sensor project will reportedly make the bridge the first fully instrumented one in the country that uses advanced and self-powered monitoring technology. Forbes also highlighted MSUToday’s video story on the project.

KCBS All News 740 and FM 106.9 San Francisco interviewed Hayder Radha, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of CANVAS and the WAVES Laboratory, during a live broadcast on Aug. 22. Morning anchors Stan Bunger and Susan Leigh Taylor asked Radha for his expert opinion on Waymo’s plans to test autonomous vehicles during the heavy rains of Florida’s rainy season.

Hear Dean Leo Kempel in an INNOVATORS podcast on MSU's ability to attract international students into graduate engineering programs.
INNOVATORS on Overcast

Converting waste to energy is heating up investors again, said MSU’s Dana Kirk, assistant professor in the Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering.
Financial Times
Los Angeles Times
Waste Advantage Magazine

West Michigan development stalled as township studies groundwater issue. A study was released in August 2018 by Ottawa County in a partnership including the MSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Results yielded that the volume of groundwater in Ottawa County has decreased over the past 50 years, and the groundwater that remains has increasing levels of chloride and salt.
Grand Haven Tribune
Holland Sentinel
WZZM TV 13 Grand Rapids

Blood pressure monitoring could become as easy as taking a video selfie in the future. "This study shows that facial video can contain some information about systolic blood pressure," said Ramakrishna Mukkamala, PhD, Circulation Imaging editorial author and professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at MSU.
Independent Online
News - Medical.net (United Kingdom and Australia)
Specialty Medical Dialogues
The State

Michigan State nuclear research facility set to open in 2021. FRIB engineers have installed the first of three pieces of the linear accelerator, which will fire the particle beams. The second piece will be installed by next summer, FRIB Laboratory Director Thomas Glasmacher said. Among the specialists doing research at FRIB are faculty members in the MSU College of Engineering.
ASEE First Bell
Associated Press

Amesite, an artificial intelligence software company providing online educational courses and programs for higher education, will partner with MSU to provide courses in Autonomous Vehicles and Smart Cities/Infrastructure.
Yahoo Finance

MSU’s Formula Racing Team has engineered a 30-year legacy of “Go Green, Go White, Go Fast!”

#SpartanSummer videos highlighted the Formula Racing Team.
#SpartanSummer videos highlighted the Formula Racing Team.

Six incoming Spartan Engineers received two of MSU’s top scholarships – the Alumni Distinguished Scholars or the University Distinguished Scholarship – considered among the most competitive awards in the country. Two students will study electrical engineering, two have named an interest in computer science, one in chemical engineering, and one in materials science.

MSU biomedical engineering student Allison Bell is in the national spotlight, thanks to the Society of Women Engineers.
SWE video

Rachel Hutter
will offer the keynote address at WE 19 in November, the world's largest conference for women engineers. She is a senior vice president at the Walt Disney Company. She received a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering in 1993.
SWE Magazine

Diane Robinson is proving that STEM has room for everyone. The 1992 mechanical engineering graduate has found her place in STEM as vice president of engineering at Sargento Foods.
Sheboygan Press

True Spartan: Bill Demmer, a 1970 mechanical engineering graduate, was awarded an honorary degree from MSU.
Petoskey News-Review

MSU Pride Points
• Aug. 2:
Michele Grimm has been appointed to the National Academy of Medicine global commission aimed at improving the lives of the aging population worldwide. She is the Wielenga Creative Engineering Endowed Professor.
• Aug. 5:
The American Society for Engineering Education awarded MSU’s College of Engineering a Bronze Award as a national leader in inclusive excellence.