January 3, 2022
Happy New Year! 2022 is shaping up to be one for the books, and I am so excited to see what all this year has in store for the Bagley College of Engineering and all of our prospective and current students!
Below are updates to keep you in the know about the BCoE and what to expect:
“Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty and students developed a new concrete design used in the Davis-Wade expansion, and improved for all of the Dude replacement project, that reduced cost, construction time, complexity, environmental impact, and energy use while increasing strength, durability, design life, and the use of materials originating in Mississippi.”
Dr. Jason Keith
Degrees and Universities
B.S., M.S., Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Arkansas
What do you teach and in what department?
Full year of freshman Introduction to Chemical Engineering; Unit Operations Laboratory I and II.
Why did you want to get into your current field?
Interest in energy and chemicals production from renewable resources.
What research are you working on?
What brought you to Mississippi State University?
I initially came to the Swalm School of Chemical Engineering as the Hunter Henry Endowed Teaching Chair holder.
What has been your favorite part of teaching future generations of engineers?
Seeing the excitement that comes from discovering new things through hands-on learning activities.
What is a fun fact about you that you would like to share?
I once played a Beatles tune on the accordion in a very eccentric amateur folk rock band.
What piece of advice would you give a student that is thinking of pursuing engineering at Mississippi State?
Prepare for hard work with a great bunch of friends and dedicated professors—it can result in a lifetime of satisfying and highly varied career pursuits.
"MSU’s engineering curriculum is also rigorous and well known, and I knew I would be prepared to work as an engineer.”
How do you combine a passion for math and science to create solutions for the world’s problems? Ask Nirmal Bhatt. As a senior from Collierville, Tennessee, he is studying to do just that in Mechanical Engineering at Mississippi State. When asked why he chose Mechanical Engineering, Nirmal said, “I wanted to apply my passion for math and science to create solutions for the world’s problems. I found that studying Mechanical Engineering would give me a broad understanding of the profession and teach me to solve problems through critical thinking.”
One thing to know about Nirmal is that he, like all of our students, had so many choices when it came to deciding where to attend college. In explaining how he made his decision on Mississippi State and the James Worth Bagley College of Engineering, he stated:
“When I first visited this campus, I found the people of MSU to be warm and welcoming. As an international student, I was confident that I could find a home away from home in Starkville. MSU’s engineering curriculum is also rigorous and well known, and I knew I would be prepared to work as an engineer in the workplace if I graduated from MSU.”
Nirmal has had so many opportunities at MSU and within the College of Engineering that he has been able to be a part of many organizations and take advantage of internships. Some of those on-campus involvements have been in Space Cowboys, Engineering Recruitment Leaders, Speech and Debate, and Undergraduate Research. He also spent last summer interning in Washington, DC.
Here are a few of Nirmal’s favorite facts:
Favorite spot on campus: Drill Field
Favorite place to eat in Starkville: Stromboli’s
What is a fun fact that you wish every student knew about the BCoE or MSU: Over 250 companies come to our Career Expos and opportunities are available for all majors!
A generous commitment from Randy and Nina Cleveland of Fort Worth, Texas will benefit engineering students at Mississippi State University through the establishment of a state-of-the-art student services center.
The Randy J. Cleveland Engineering Student Center will occupy the former Materials Testing Laboratory, located between McCain Hall and the Walker Engineering Building. Support from the Texas couple will enable a complete renovation of the historic building, designated a Mississippi Landmark by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
Upon completion, the facility will serve as a modernized space to advance collaboration and successful learning experiences among the James Worth Bagley College of Engineering’s students, faculty and staff.
Article excerpt from the MSU Newsroom.
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