Bagley Bound Newsletter – August 2021

August 2, 2021

McCain Hall
McCain Hall

Hello, future Bulldogs!

August is here, and another school year is upon us! This is such an exciting time, and we are excited about the prospect of all of our future engineering students!

Below are updates to keep you in the know about the BCoE and what to expect:

  1. The Fall 2022 application is live now! What are you waiting for? APPLY NOW!
  2. 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. Book you campus visit now!
  3. Can’t make it to campus, but want to chat with me anyway? I am hosting Cowbell Chats.
    These chats are available to all Fall 2022 (and beyond) prospective students. This allows students and families 30-minute one-on-one sessions with me.

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

Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty Bo Tang has received a New Career Award from the National Institute for Justice.”

Dr. Jason Keith

Important Dates


Meet A Current Student

Zachary Poindexter

Zachary Poindexter

"I grew up a fan of MSU, and when I wanted to study engineering, there was no better choice.”

As a native of Starkville, Mississippi, Zachary Poindexter knew that Mississippi State would be his home to pursue his degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is a senior who always knew that he wanted to study Mechanical Engineering. In his words on why he chose MSU, Zachary states, “I grew up a fan of MSU, and when I wanted to study engineering, there was no better choice.”

Some students change their major a few times when they get to school, but not Zachary. He knew from the beginning he wanted to study Mechanical Engineering at Mississippi State. When deciding on what to study, Zachary said, “I enjoy everything mechanical and I like to work with my hands and problem solve.”

Involvement in key for a student’s success at Mississippi State and within the Bagley College of Engineering. Currently, Zachary is on co-op in Tennessee, but he is also a member of Engineering Recruitment Leaders where he serves on the Executive Board.

Below are some fun facts from Zachary:

Favorite spot on campus: The Dawg House

Favorite place to eat in Starkville: Bulldog Burger

What is a fun fact that you wish every student knew about the BCoE or MSU?: I think the fact of having the biggest private high voltage lab is a fun fact every student should know.

Noteworthy Achievements

DoD awards prestigious SMART Scholarship to MSU researcher

A recent Mississippi State Bagley College of Engineering graduate now employed in the university’s Geosystems Research Institute is receiving a prestigious U.S. Department of Defense Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation Scholarship.

Meilun Zhou is a fall 2020 MSU computer engineering graduate who did undergraduate research at GRI with a special focus on machine learning and remote sensing. The Hattiesburg native attended Oak Grove High School and graduated from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus.

Zhou plans to use the SMART Scholarship to pursue his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Florida.

The SMART scholarship-for-service program is a combined educational and workforce development opportunity for bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. students to gain technical skills in critical science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields and support the DoD’s national security mission. The scholarship provides students full tuition and covers related educational expenses, summer internships at the nation’s most innovative laboratories, and a stipend. After completing their graduate degree, SMART Scholars gain full-time employment within the DoD, the nation’s largest employer of scientists and engineers with nearly 300,000 STEM professionals.

Article excerpt from the MSU Newsroom.
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Meilun Zhou (Photo by Beth Wynn)

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