September 2016 Media Report

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Sept. 30, 2016

IN THE NEWS -- Michigan State University College of Engineering 

September 2016 Media Report 

Nizar Lajnef, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, worked 200 feet above the blue waters of the Straits of Mackinac in September, placing sensors on the Mackinac Bridge to monitor stress on the iconic structure. The potential of this infrastructure research is making national news.Nizar Lajnef, associate professor of civil engineering, attracted national media attention to an ongoing research project with the Federal Highway Administration by installing sensors under the Mackinac Bridge.

ASEE First Bell, 9.13.2016

ASEE First Bell, 9.6.2016

Associated Press, 9.4.2016

Associated Press, 9.20.2016

Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 9.9.2016

Detroit Free Press, 9.3.2016

Lansing State Journal, 9.3.2016

MLive, 9.5.2016, 9.21.2016

SmartBrief, 9.6.2016

Roads & Bridges, 9.6.2016

Washington University in St. Louis, 9.20.2016

WWJ Radio Detroit (CBS News), 9.20.2016 

Additionally, dozens of media outlets posted this national story – some examples:

Alpena News, 9.4.2016

American Society of Civil Engineers

Cadillac 9 & 10 News, 9.5.2016

Cadillac 9 & 10 News, 9.20.2016

Daily Mail (Nevada), 9.4.2016

Daily Statesman (Missouri), 9.4.2016

Detroit Free Press, 9.20.2016

Grand Rapids Fox TV, 9.20.2016

Grand Rapids Press, 9.5.22016

Harrisburg, Penn., ABC TV 3, 9.4.2016

Kansas City Star, 9.4.2016

Lebanon Daily Record (Missouri), 9.4.2016

Mining Gazette (Houghton, Mich.), 9.20.2016

Monett Times (Missouri), 9.4.2016

Nevada Appeal, 9.4.2016

Petoskey News-Review, 9.4.2016

South Bend TV, 9.20.2016

Southeast Missourian, 9.4.2016

Technology Century, 9.13.2016

Toledo Blade, 9.4.2016

University Research Corridor (Michigan)

UpNorth Live, 9.16.2016

WDIV TV 4 Detroit, 9.21.2016

WILX TV 10 Lansing, 9.20.2016

WJRT TV 12 Flint, 9.4.2016

WKAR Lansing, 9.14.2016

WSJM St. Joseph, Mich., 9.4.2016

WUOM Ann Arbor, 9.4.2016

WZZM Grand Rapids, 9.4.2016

Christopher Contag will join MSU as a leader of two biomedical research areas.

Pioneer in molecular imaging to lead MSU’s new bio engineering research initiatives. Christopher H. Contag will join Michigan State University in November as the inaugural director of the Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering and the chairperson of the new Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Fox TV 47, Lansing, 9.28.2016
MSUToday, 9.28.2016
NewsWise, 9.29.2016
Radiology Business, 9.29.2016

Also: Christopher H. Contag is being inducted into the New Ulm Hall of Fame in Minnesota for his scientific contributions.
Makato Free Press, 9.28.2016









MSU contributes to autonomous-vehicle research: Hayder Radha, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is the director of CANVAS – Connected and Autonomous Networked Vehicles for Active Safety at MSU.
MSUToday, 9.27.2016
NewsWise, 9.29.2016

Anil Jain, a University Distinguished Professor of computer science and engineering, has been elected a Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. Only five Foreign Fellows are elected each year by the INAE.
Biometric Update, 9.15.2016
FindBiometrics, 9.16.2016
KZMZ, 9.19.2016
MSUToday, 9.13.2016
• Additionally –he recently proved in a new study that the digital fingerprints of a six-month-old infant can used for authentication one year later. The finding could lead to better health and vaccination monitoring of children around the world.
NewsWise, 9.29.2016
Planet Biometrics, 9.23.2016 

Mi Zhang, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, currently has three stories being featured in the media.
• He and his team developed a mobile system to help patients identify pills and were awarded $25,000 and first place in a U.S. National Library of Medicine competition for a pill recognition tool.
Fox 47 Lansing, 9.14.2016
WXYZ TV 7 Detroit, 9.14.2016
• He is the PI for a $1 million NSF grant that will develop mobile technology to assist colleges in providing counseling services to students. It is explained in this: NSF Video.
Campus Technology, 9.9.2016
iTechPost, 9.15.2016
MeriTalk (Government IT), 9.13.2016
MSUToday, 9.7.2016
State News, 9.7.2016
• He told the local NPR radio station about a new way to monitor senior citizens.
Michigan Radio, 9.3.2016

Richard Lunt, associate professor of chemical engineering and materials science, continues to attract a variety of media attention.
• His research on new type of solar panel -- a transparent luminescent solar concentrator – is being written about in technology publications.
Daily Tech, 9.15.2016
• He and his start-up, Ubiquitous Energy, are featured in CEP Magazine from AlChE (The Global Home of Chemical Engineers), and in association with NSF, on “Catalyzing Commercialization: Transparent Panels Open a New Window for Solar Energy.”
CEP, from AlChE, September 2016
• Research on multilayer films by Lunt and Pei Chen, from the Molecular & Organic Excitonics Lab, is featured on the cover of “Advanced Materials Interface.”
Advanced Materials Interface, 9.6.2016

Also in September – 

Cybersecurity expert Richard Enbody, associate professor of computer science and engineering, advises us to manage passwords like you manage your wallet in the aftermath of the hacking of Yahoo.
WILX TV 10 Lansing, 9.22.2016

John Verboncoeur, electrical and computer engineering professor and associate dean, discussed MSU’s initiative: Connected & Autonomous Networked Vehicles for Active Safety (CANVAS) at the University Research Corridor Legislative Luncheon in September.
University Research Corridor, 9.19.2016

Number of women in STEM increases at MSU – the State News interviewed Judy Cordes and Teresa VanderSloot of Women in Engineering about female enrollment in the College of Engineering.
State News, 9.14.2016 

The College of Engineering’s Detroit Semester was included in DETxMSU coverage.
MSUToday, 9.12.2016 

Through University Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering Kris Berglund's efforts, tasting rooms are getting the distillery business brewing in Michigan.
Crain's Detroit Business, 9.11.2016
State News, 9.18.2016 

Xiaoming Liu, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, whose expertise includes facial recognition, biometrics and video surveillance, told police there were several differences between the man in the surveillance photo and the suspect. Charges were later dismissed in a contentious construction theft case.
Nogales International, 9.9.2016 

Spartan Alumni
Making a difference -- Jordyn Castor (’15, computer science) has never let anything stop her from living life to the fullest. Now, armed with an MSU degree, Jordyn is driving the creation of accessibility tools and advances for adults and children at Apple, Inc.’s headquarters in Cupertino, California.
MSUToday, 9.28.2016 

Eric Tarkleson (BS '09, MS '13, ELEC EGR) is working to bring electricity to rural Tanzania. His home in Africa is a colonial-era guesthouse, which runs on solar power.
Tri County Times (Michigan), 9.23.2016

Coco Zhang-Miske (BS ELEC EGR ’07), who is marking her ninth year at GM, is the global technology planning manager for Buick, GMC and GM China strategy. That’s a long way from being a little girl in China interested in dance.
Asia Journal, 9.14.2016 

Current students
IACMI's Summer Internship Program received several hundred applications from 116 colleges and universities across the country—with only 15 participants selected for a paid 10-week internship. Among the participants this summer was Christopher Hershey, a PhD student in chemical engineering. Nine media reported on this story, including:
TickerTech, 9.15.2016

Incoming students
MSU may have uncovered a gem in defensive end Lashawn Paulino-Bell from Florida, who likes a lot about Michigan State including that it has his major (engineering).
Detroit News, 9.29.2016 

MSU Pride Point
• Sept. 5: An NSF grant will allow assistant professor Mi Zhang to explore whether home Wi-Fi systems can keep elderly safe.
• Sept. 6: Nearly 21 percent of students in MSU's College of Engineering are women, up 3 percent from the previous year.
• Sept. 9: MSU will use a $1 million NSF grant to develop technology for enhancing college counseling services.


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Many thanks,
Patricia Mroczek, Communications Manager
MSU College of Engineering, Room 3415