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What’s in Your Water?

Aug. 22, 2017

Research by environmental engineer Rebecca Lahr found tap water residues are like fingerprints

“What’s in your water?” has become an increasingly fraught question for many people in the U.S. and around the world. Getting the answer isn’t always easy or cheap. Today, scientists are reporting that they are using the familiar “coffee-ring effect” to analyze multiple components in a single drop of water easily, quickly and cheaply. And someday, the public could use the method to test their own tap water.

Shuffling Water Hotspots

June 15, 2017

MSU Engineering researcher is helping assess the worldwide impact of human intervention on water scarcity

Water management techniques like reservoirs, dams, and irrigation measures have improved water availability for many around the globe, but they can sweep water scarcity problems downstream for those who live there. 

Berk Can Duva and Elisa Toulson

March 19, 2018

New equipment investigates flame and ignition characteristics of renewable and alternative fuels 

Two members of the Michigan State University Department of Mechanical Engineering have designed and constructed a constant volume combustion chamber for use in MSU’s Alternative Fuels and Combustion Lab. The lab is in the Engineering Research Complex (ERC) on the south end of campus. 

Yadu Pokhrel

Feb. 15, 2018 

MSU uses $3 million NASA grant to find better ways to regulate dams 

Michigan State University researchers, equipped with $3 million from NASA, will investigate innovative methods to improve dams so that they are less harmful to people and the environment. 

James Klausner

James Klausner's research interests focus on thermal, chemical, and fluid transport in a variety of applications including, energy, processing, thermal management, desalination, powder flow, cryogenics, and bioengineering. He has done extensive fundamental work on the dynamics of phase change phenomena, including nucleation and bubble dynamics.

Neeraj Buch

Dr. Buch's interests are in the area of concrete pavement design, rehabilitation, non-destructive testing of pavements, and composite materials. His research focuses on the development of rut and fatigue prediction models for flexible pavements design. He is involved in developing crack deterioration algorithms for rigid pavements. His other research interests include development of rehabilitation strategies, and study of recyclable materials in portland cement concrete and asphalt concrete.

Joydeep Mitra

Joydeep Mitra (Ph.D., FIEEE) is Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Director of the Energy Reliability & Security (ERiSe) Laboratory, and Senior Faculty Associate at the Institute of Public Utilities. He received a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, and a B.Tech.(Hons.) in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

Mi Zhang

Mi Zhang's research interests and efforts span the areas of ubiquitous computing, mobile sensing, wearable computing, embedded systems, pattern recognition, and applied machine learning. He is particularly interested in developing intelligent mobile sensing and ubiquitous computing technologies with a special focus on health care and medical applications. This fits well with a fascinating research field referred to as Mobile Health (mHealth), which aims to realize the vision of patient-centric personalized health care.