Message from Joe Gentile, Chair of the College of Engineering Alumni Association Board

Photo of Joe GentileGreetings to the Spartan Engineering Alumni Community.

The College of Engineering Alumni Association Board was established in 1959 as the Engineering Alumni Association, the first of its kind on campus. Today, the board consists of 18 MSU engineering graduates representing a diversity of engineering disciplines, professional careers, geographies, and graduation dates. I invite you to “meet the board” by visiting our web page at Our primary focus is to serve in an advisory capacity to the College of Engineering dean and administration, and to foster improved relations and communications within the alumni community.

Communicating with our alumni community of more than 25,000 men and women worldwide is a huge challenge—even with the availability of tools such as e-mail, Facebook, LinkedIn, smartphones, and iPads and other tablets that complement printed material. As you might expect, each of us has a (usually strong) preference for receiving information. To state the obvious: one size does not fit all!

As we look to develop communications tools that work for the broadest range of our alumni, we need your input. With this issue of e-Currents, we are beginning a survey of Spartan engineers to determine individual preferences for receiving information from the college. We invite you to take a brief communications survey; please check the media types you prefer, and take a moment to update your contact information. Knowing your preferences for receiving correspondence from the college will help us to develop the most effective means of communication in the future and reduce the overall cost of communicating with our alumni community. It will also ensure that you receive timely information in the manner that is best for you.

I continue to be extraordinarily proud of the many achievements of the MSU College of Engineering faculty and students. As you learn more about these talented and dedicated people, I know you will share my pride.

Finally, I invite you to contact me directly ( if you have questions or comments about the alumni board or suggestions for topics for upcoming issues of e-Currents. I look forward to hearing from you.

On behalf of the alumni board, please accept our best wishes for a very happy holiday season.

Joe Gentile
College of Engineering Alumni Association Board