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April 3, 2015

MSU engineering hosts research symposium

Michigan State University graduate students are developing innovative solutions to improve health and safety, from redesigning footwear to reduce ankle injuries to creating transparent solar panels that could turn windows into energy collectors.

The trending ideas of more than 300 graduate students will be featured by the MSU College of Engineering at the annual Engineering Graduate Research Symposium on Thursday. The event is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the MSU Breslin Center.

The symposium includes presentations by the departmental nominees for the Fitch Beach Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Research. Each department nominates one doctoral student.

Awards are based on a review of students’ academic and professional records and on an oral presentation of their research. Awardees receive a stipend from this endowed award, along with a certificate and a medal to be worn at graduation.

Brian Kent, an internationally recognized expert in radar technology who earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from MSU in 1980, will offer the keynote address.

He will speak at 2:15 p.m. on “The Accidental Career – Lessons for Post Graduate Life.”

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By: Tom Oswald

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