Bagley Bound Newsletter – June 2022

June 2, 2022

McCain Hall
McCain Hall

Hello, Future Bulldogs!

How is it June 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:

  1. Orientation registration is LIVE! Are you ready to be #BagleyBound? Register for orientation today! Spots are limited, but it is not too late to sign up for orientation!
  2. Have you filled out the FAFSA? The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is encouraged for all students looking to attend Mississippi State. FAFSA application is live now for 2022-2023 school year.
  3. It’s not too late to be admitted for Fall 2022! What are you waiting for? APPLY NOW!
  4. Have you visited campus? I encourage you to schedule a visit with the Bagley College of Engineering to experience all that we have to offer you as a student. Book your campus visit now!
  5. Are you looking to transfer to the Bagley College of Engineering on the Coast program? We have an event on June 10, 2022 in Biloxi in partnership with Chevron to introduce students to that program. For more information email Joy Smith at
  6. Are you a Summer/Fall 2023 prospective Engineering student in the Jackson Metro area? Mark your calendars for Engineering 101 Live! On Monday, July 11, 2022 at 6 pm. More information to follow.

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

Hail State!
Joy Smith
Admissions Coordinator

Jason Keith

Fast Fact from the Dean

“The student chapter of the American Institute for Chemical Engineers has been one of only a few international chapters recognized repeatedly for outstanding work representing the Swalm School of Chemical Engineering through participation in university and community service, leadership in the chemical engineering profession, and presentations of research and outreach at international conferences. They have been selected as an Outstanding Student Chapter (one of only 10% selected among over 350 chapters around the world) annually for 19 of the last 20 years.”

Dr. Jason Keith

Professor Profile

T.J. Jankun-Kelly

Degrees and Universities: B.S. in Physics/Computer Science, Harvey Mudd College. M.S./Ph.D. in Computer Science, U. of Cal. Davis

What do you teach and in what department?
I teach people to think visually, draw with computers, and game. Specifically, I teach visualization and visual data science, computer graphics, and game design.

Why did you want to get into your current field?
Computers help people. And sometimes they are fun. Visualization and game design helps people and is fun.

What research (if any) are you working on?
I am trying to understand how artistic methods can assist in communicating visualization. In addition, I’m starting some research trying to understand how people use visualization to communicate in computer games.

What brought you to Mississippi State University?
The HPCC provides a lot of power, and thus a lot of opportunities to assist people who use its resources.

What has been your favorite part of teaching future generations of engineers?
Seeing the creative projects and games they develop in my classes.

What is a fun fact about you that you would like to share?
My hat has a Twitter account. It has 18 followers.

What piece of advice would you give a student that is thinking of pursuing engineering at Mississippi State?
Engineering and science can be creative and rigorous, challenging and a help to people.

Meet A Current Student

Collins Fiscus

Collins Fiscus

Where are you from? Franklin, Tennessee

Course of study: Mechanical Engineering

Classification: Sophomore

What are you involved in?
Engineering Recruitment Leaders, Space Cowboys Competitive Collegiate Rocket Team, New Maroon Camp, Music Makers Productions, and Freshman Reach

Why did you choose the major you did?
I chose Mechanical Engineering because I have always had a passion for finding out how the world works around me and how I can improve upon it. Since I was a kid, I have been reverse engineering whatever I could and have been creating new solutions to simple problems in my life.

Why did you choose MSU?
MSU provides excellent financial aid to most students while remaining as an accredited university, providing a competitive education for a great price.

Favorite spot on campus: The couch in the music makers office

Favorite place to eat in Starkville: Bulldog Burger

What is a fun fact that you wish every student knew about the BCoE or MSU?
We have a super cool collegiate rocket team!

Noteworthy Achievements

Two engineering students receive prestigious fellowship

Two Mississippi State engineering graduate students have been selected as Mississippi Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research Fellows for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Graduate students Durant Fullington and Christian Zamiela have each been awarded $26,250 from MSSGC for the upcoming academic year. MSSGC offers fellowships for U.S. citizens enrolled in a full-time graduate program. Recipients are selected based on academic success, research activity, and interest in the fellowship.

The Mississippi Space Grant Consortium, founded in 1991, is funded by a NASA training grant. The fellowship program was created to establish a network of universities with programs in aeronautics and other space-related fields, and to encourage recruitment and training of talented students, especially women and minorities, who will become professionals in the space sciences.

Article excerpt from the BCoE Newsroom.
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Durant Fullington and Christian Zamiela

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