Bagley Bound Newsletter – May 2021

April 29, 2021

McCain Hall
McCain Hall

Hello, future Bulldogs!

Our spring semester has come to a close, and we graduated another class of Bagley College of Engineering engineers! As we prepare for our incoming class of Freshman and Transfer students, below are some updates for you:

  1. Are you a Fall 2021 student that missed Academic Insight? It’s not too late to visit with us to help make you decision.
  2. Orientation sign-up opened up on March 1, 2021. This is how you confirm your attendance to MSU. To find out more information about Orientation, please visit the Orientation and Events website.
  3. Have you completed your housing application? The housing priority date has passed; however, it is never too late to apply for housing. Online room selection will begin in mid-May. The housing application can be found here.
  4. Be sure to keep a look out on my MSU Instagram account @msstatejoy – I will be updating over the summer with virtual events to get you excited for Fall 2021.
  5. Have you visited campus? I encourage you to schedule a visit with the Bagley College of Engineering to hear all that we have to offer you as a student. To book that campus visit, you will need to work with the Office of Admissions and Scholarships. Booking dates can be found here.
  6. Can’t make it to campus, but want to chat with me anyway? I am hosting Cowbell Chats every weekday this summer starting in May. These chats are available to all incoming Fall 2021 students and Fall 2022 (and beyond) prospective students. This allows students and families 30 minute one-on-one sessions. Book a chat here.

I’m looking forward to hopefully seeing all of you on campus soon!

Stay safe, be well, and Hail State!
Joy Smith
Admissions Coordinator

Jason Keith

Fast Fact from the Dean

“Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty and students are working on a project that will facilitate the national deployment of unmanned aerial systems (drones) for delivery of packages, medical supplies, and other materials through interfacing a computer-based UAS management system with the human-based general aviation and air transport air space management system while ensuring the safety of people and equipment both in the air and on the ground.”

Dr. Jason Keith

Important Dates


Meet A Current Student

Connor Watson

Connor Watson

"I fell in love with the faculty and the environment. That truly made MSU feel like a real home to me.”

Meet Senior Civil Engineering student Connor Watson from Brandon, Mississippi.

As his second home and birthplace, Starkville and Mississippi State University have always been a special place to Connor. After his campus visit, Connor said, “I fell in love with the faculty and the environment. That truly made MSU feel like a real home to me.” Thus resulting in Connor choosing to pursue his Civil Engineering degree here at MSU.

The Richard A. Rula School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Mississippi State University is one of the most renowned programs across the southeast. When asked why he chose to pursue Civil Engineering, Connor said, “I have a passion for helping people and a passion for solving problems. Civil Engineering combines both of those things in a great way.”

Involvement while in college is the key to success here at MSU, and yes, engineering students can be involved in organizations while maintaining their course work. Connor is currently a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers student chapter and he is an Engineering Recruitment Leader.

Below are some fun facts from Connor:

  •  Favorite spot on campus: The soon to be Rula Building
    • The BCoE is excited about our new educational facility the Richard A. Rula Engineering and Science complex coming soon!
  • Favorite place to eat in Starkville: Two Brother’s
  • What is a fun fact that you wish every student knew about the BCoE or MSU: “MSU Civil Engineering Department was involved in the implementation of a new method of producing Portland cement. This method is called Portland Limestone Cement, and it helps reduce the carbon footprint of producing cement.”

Want to get to know more about Connor or other Engineering students? Schedule your campus visit, today!

Noteworthy Achievements

Biomedical engineering student wins prestigious national award

For the second time in the last four years, a Mississippi State engineering student has been selected as the recipient of the C. William Hall Scholarship from the Society For Biomaterials.

Kaylee Bundy, a senior majoring in biomedical engineering, was presented with the award at the society’s virtual annual meeting on Thursday, April 22.

“It was such an incredible honor to receive the award named after Dr. C. William Hall,” Bundy said. “During his lifetime, Dr. Hall managed research on the production of artificial organs. I used to say my dream job would be to help construct artificial organs, so reading his story was very encouraging and inspiring. Though it would have been fun to attend the meeting in person, I am thankful that technology allowed us all to meet together virtually, even during a pandemic. It was very humbling to see my name and picture across the live conference stream.”

Article excerpt from the BCoE Newsroom.
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Kaylee Bundy

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