July 2016 Media Report - MSU Engineering

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Aug. 1, 2016

IN THE NEWS -- Michigan State University College of Engineering 

July 2016 Media Report 

Much of the national and state media coverage for the Michigan State University College of Engineering in July was led by these four stories:

• University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Anil Jain’s work to unravel a murder mystery. (Media ranged from Forbes to the BBC to Popular Mechanics -- and is ongoing.)

• The sad and tragic loss of Mike Sadler (AES ’13) and Nebraska’s Sam Foltz in a car accident July 23. (National news organizations and the Big Ten Network covered the story. Additionally, Dean Kempel’s condolence message on the college’s Facebook and Twitter sites was viewed almost 6,000 times.)

 • Jordyn Castor (Computer Science ’15) was featured in Mashable for her immediate impact on Apple’s accessibility efforts. (This tech news story has been reprinted far and wide.)

 • The announcement of a $2 million estate gift to fund an endowed faculty chair on bridge research in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. (Story was highlighted from ASEE’s First Bell to Philanthropy News Digest.)

View an assortment of media samples on the four stories: 

University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Anil Jain

Unraveling a murder mystery -- police officers asked University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Anil Jain to unlock a dead man’s phone with his fingerprints and a 3D-printed finger, to help solve the man’s murder. Dozens of media and websites in the U.S. and around the world published the story.

BBC, 7.27.2016

Engadget, 7.22.2016

Forbes, 7.28.2016

Fusion, 7.21.2016

International Business Times, 7.22.2016

Mashable, 7.21.2016

New York Daily News, 7.22.2016

NPR, 7.27.2016

Popular Mechanics, 7.22.2016

Tech Republic, 7.28.2016

Tech Times, 7.22.2016

Verge, 7.21.2016


MSU and the College of Engineering mourned the loss of Mike Sadler (AES ’13). The former Spartan punter died following a car crash in Wisconsin on July 23. He was 24.MSU said good-bye to Spartan punter Mike Sadler (AES '13) during a ceremony July 31 in Spartan Stadium.

Detroit Free Press, 7.25.2016

Detroit News, 7.25.2016

Chicago Tribune, 7.25.2016

Fox News, 7.25.2016

Fox Sports, 7.27.2016

Lansing State Journal, 7.25.2016

Law.com, 7.25.2016

NBC News, 7.25.2016

Sports Illustrated, 7.25.2016

USA Today, 7.25.2016

U.S. News & World Report


Spartan Engineer Jordyn Castor (’15), now an Apple engineer, is transforming the tech world at only 22.

AOL News, 7.10.2016

ASEE FIRST BELL, 7.11.2016

Apple Insider, 7.10.2016

Inquisitr, 7.10.2016

Mac Rumors, 7.10.2016

Mashable, 7.10.2016

Tech News Today, 7.11.2016

9 to 5 Mac, 7.10.2016


An anonymous couple from the Lansing area has designated $2 million of their estate to fund an endowed faculty chair on bridge research. It is the largest single donation ever given to MSU’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The Associated Press picked up the story and moved it around Michigan and the country.

ASEE FIRST BELL, 7.11.2016

Bristol, Va., Herald Courier, 7.8.2016

CBS TV 9 Cadillac, 7.8.2016

Crain's Detroit Business, 7.8.2016

Detroit News, 7.8.2016

Elkhart Truth, 7.8.2016

Huron Daily Tribune, 7.8.2016

Ludington Daily News, 7.8.2016

Michigan Ag Connection/Indiana, 7.8.2016

MSUToday, 7.7.2016

Philanthropy News Digest, 7.11.2016

Technology Century, 7.8.2016

Washington Times, 7.8.2016

WLNS TV 6 Lansing, 7.7.2016


Other important news stories in July include: 

It’s another frontispiece feature in Advanced Optical Materials for a research team led by Richard Lunt of chemical engineering and materials science. The article is on near-infrared solar harvesting research.
Advanced Optical Materials, July 2016 

Richard Lunt of chemical engineering and materials science has been appointed to the Johansen Crosby Professorship of Chemical Engineering at MSU.
MSUToday, 7.28.2016

MSU engineers will use a $1.1 million grant to study the element niobium at MSU’s Facility for Rare Isotope Beams. The research team is Thomas Bieler, professor of chemical engineering and materials science and project leader; Neil Wright, associate professor of mechanical engineering; Chris Compton, FRIB staff engineer; and Philip Eisenlohr, associate professor of chemical engineering and materials science.
MSUToday, 7.22.2016 

ZKAccess recently hosted University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Anil Jain for a talk at ZKTeco headquarters in Shenzhen, China.
Find Biometrics, 7.19.2016 

Tim Gates, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, led a study that looked at seat belt use among 30,000 Michigan drivers – and usage is up.
State News, 7.14.2016 

The college’s Recruitment and Outreach office led 30 volunteers from RET, HSEI, and CHPP at this year’s Metro Youth Day on Belle Isle. Thousands of youth participated. Among MSU’s offerings were 10 hands-on, engineering activities.
Detroit Free Press, 7.13.2016
Fox 2 Detroit, 7.13.2016
WDIV TV 4 pre-event video demonstration, 7.7.2016

University Distinguished Professor Bruce E. Dale is featured in the Wall Street Journal in an opinion piece on the EPA’s science related to biogenic carbon.
Wall Street Journal, 7.10.2016 

A recent presentation on the Flint water crisis, that included Susan Masten, professor of civil and environmental engineering, is getting national and international media attention for its far-reaching implications for water utilities.
Examining Lessons of Flint and Journal AWWA.
International Business Times, 7.7.2016
Midland Daily News, 7.7.2016
My San Antonio, 7.7.2016
San Francisco Chronicle, 7.7.2016
Seattle, 7.7.2016 

MSU and Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) celebrated a new partnership and a $150,000 commitment for underrepresented and underprepared students in the Engineering and Science Success Academy (ESSA) during a ceremony July 6 in the Kellogg Center.
Michigan Chronicle, 7.7.2016
MSUToday, 7.8.2016
Tech Century, 7.15.2016 

Everything we know about the face recognition systems the FBI and police use suggests the software has a built-in racial bias—it’s an artifact of how the systems are designed and the data trained on, says University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Anil Jain.
MIT Technology Review, 7.6.2016 

Venkatesh Kodur brings an international reputation and a worldwide industry network into his new leadership role as chairperson of the Michigan State University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His appointment began July 1.
Bloomberg, 7.5.2016
Caelus Green Room, 7.5.2016
Minyanville (New York City), 7.5.2016
Morningstar, 7.5.2016
Yahoo! Finance, 7.5.2016 

The person who is considered one of MSU’s most impactful graduates, Verghese Kurien (1921-2012), known as the Milkman of India, was honored during a ceremony in the International Center on June 30. Kurien, a 1948 mechanical engineering graduate, was the architect of India’s “white revolution,” which transformed the nation from being a milk-deficit country to the world’s biggest milk producer. More than 47,000 have viewed the Facebook and Twitter news item on the dedication ceremony.
Deccan Herald, 7.6.2016
MSUToday, 7.1.2016
The Hindu, 7.8.2016
Times of India, 7.8.2016 

A couple who met in a brewing and distilled beverage class at Michigan State University taught by University Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering Kris Berglund will have their own brewery open by December.
Lansing State Journal, 6.30.2016


Alumni News
Steve Price (ME ’16) did it! His team of 18 builders from around the world broke the world record for chain reactions, using 500,000 items including 250 dominoes to make the Incredible Science Machine incredible!
MLive, 7.26.2016
Observer & Eccentric newspaper chain, 7.23.2016

Rewriting the ending -- Katie Landwehr (ME '16) finished 11th in the 3000m steeplechase at the Olympic Trials and then headed to London's Anniversary Games in July.
Troy, Ohio, Daily News, 7.12.2016 

Bassem Ramadan is the new head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University in Flint. He received a master’s degree (1986) and PhD (1992) in mechanical engineering from MSU. He previously was an adjunct professor at MSU, where he taught ME courses and conducted engine research at the Engine Research Laboratory.
Kettering.com, 7.11.2016


Incoming Spartan Engineers
USA Today, 7.17.2016, featured an incoming freshman in the story, “One Nation: A Generation of Start-ups That Can’t Get Started.” Featured was Kurtis Potier, 18, of Lake Orion, who will double major in mechanical engineering and finance at MSU this fall. 


MSU Pride Points
• July 5: A bust of Verghese Kurien, the Milkman of India, is on display in the International Center. He is considered MSU’s most impactful graduate.
• July 12: Assistant professor Richard Lunt is one of the 83 “brightest young engineers in the nation” selected for the NAE’s 22nd USFOE symposium.
• July 14: A $2 million donation given to MSU’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will fund bridge research.
• July 19: Engineer and MSU alumna Jordyn Castor is helping Apple make technology more accessible, especially for blind users.
• July 22: University Distinguished Professor Roger Haut was presented the H.R. Lissner Medal for outstanding achievements in bioengineering by ASME.
• July 25: MSU grad Steve Price and team of 18 builders have set a world record for a circle field and an American record for total toppled dominoes.
• July 29: Professor Anil Jain unlocked a smartphone to help solve a murder using a digitally enhanced fingerprint for the first time in history. 

July 29, 2016

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Many thanks,
Patricia Mroczek, Communications Manager
MSU College of Engineering, Room 3415
517-432-1303, mroczekp@egr.msu.edu