May 16, 2022
How is it May already? This year has flown by, and I hope you future bulldogs have enjoyed your school year to the fullest! As we prepare for the summer and our new students joining us this summer and fall, there are some updates that we have for everyone!
Below are updates to keep you in the know about the BCoE and what to expect:
“Agricultural and Biological Engineering researchers developed a system to vaccinate catfish against ESC disease that precisely meters an appropriate dosage of live vaccine to pelleted feed at the point of feeding, thus maintaining efficacy. The system eliminated fish mortality, improved feed conversion, and increased gross revenue from $1,153 to $2,753 per acre.”
Dr. Jason Keith
Hometown: Los Angeles, California (suburbs)
Degrees and Universities: University of California, Davis (B.S.) and the University of Oklahoma (Ph.D.)
What do you teach and in what department?
I teach structures courses (conventional concrete, prestressed concrete, steel, wood) and data analysis, in the Rula School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. We just moved into the brand new Rula Hall.
Why did you want to get into your current field?
I always liked math, and as a kid I would spend hours building Legos. My dad was a physicist and my mom taught elementary school, so education was a huge part of family life.
What research (if any) are you working on?
I have a project now with MDOT where I’m trying to assess the value of research projects, give them each a score. Previously I have done tornado reconnaissance to evaluate damage to homes and effectiveness of storm shelters.
What brought you to Mississippi State University?
I was teaching at Manhattan College in New York City and I wanted to move to a more affordable place where the pace of life is less hectic. I always admired the SEC universities.
What has been your favorite part of teaching future generations of engineers?
Students are always ready to learn and quick to smile. I mostly teach the seniors, and they’re getting ready to launch successful careers.
What is a fun fact about you that you would like to share?
I teach one of the three BCoE study abroad programs. My course is Engineering Mechanics I (commonly called Statics). The students and I spend five weeks in the summertime in Rome, Italy. It is an unforgettable experience.
What piece of advice would you give a student that is thinking of pursuing engineering at Mississippi State?
This is a great field to be in now with plentiful jobs and generous salaries, but an engineering degree is not easy to earn, and if it was, everyone would do it. When you get to campus, you’re going to need to avoid unproductive distractions and work consistently and smartly. You’ll find that MSU is a very supportive place, and you’ll meet many new friends.
Where are you from? Stringer, MS
Course of study: Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Business Administration
What are you involved in?
Bagley College of Engineering Ambassadors, Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, MSU Bodybuilding and Physique Club, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority Kitchen Staff
Why did you choose the major you did?
My childhood dream was to be an Air Force fighter pilot. I’ve always been fascinated by fighter jets and the development of new technology. This lifelong interest culminated into the dream of one day being an experimental aircraft designer.
Why did you choose MSU?
MSU is one of the greatest research universities in the country. I knew that MSU would offer plenty of resources to help me achieve my career dreams.
Favorite spot on campus:
My favorite spot on campus is the Joe Frank Sanderson Center. I love playing sports, training, or anything to do with outdoors, and the Sanderson Center offers everything I could ever want. My two favorite parts of the Sanderson Center are the strength and conditioning weight room and the rock-climbing wall.
Favorite place to eat in Starkville:
The best place to eat in Starkville is Bin 612. The buffalo chicken cheese fries cannot be topped!
What is a fun fact that you wish every student knew about the BCoE or MSU?
A fun fact I wish every student knew about MSU is that there are over 400 clubs and organizations on campus. It is so easy to get involved with something you love at MSU, and I would encourage every student to join as many organizations as possible.
WASHINGTON, April 22, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors and MathWorks announced the 15 North American universities and the 2023 Cadillac LYRIQ as the vehicle selected for the EcoCAR EV Challenge, the next DOE-sponsored Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) set to begin in Fall 2022.
Mississippi State University has earned a spot as one of the 15 universities to participate in this prestigious series. “This year, the selection process was highly competitive due to the number of outstanding applications we received from universities, big and small, across the U.S and Canada,” said Kristen Wahl, Director of the Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) Program at Argonne National Laboratory. “We are pleased to announce that Mississippi State University will be competing in the EcoCAR EV Challenge and we are excited to see what the teams will accomplish in supporting the country’s transition to clean energy and electric vehicles.”
Article excerpt from the BCoE Newsroom.
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