Bagley Bound Newsletter – August 2022

August 1, 2022

McCain Hall
McCain Hall

The time is now, future bulldogs!

August 1 is here, and that means it is time to apply to join the Bulldog and Bagley Family! We wish you the best start to your school year, and look forward to working with you!

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

  1. Hail State @ 8 is August 1! Are you ready to apply to be a Bulldog for Fall 2023?
    Join us by applying at 8 pm CST on August 1, 2022 for Fall 2023 here.
  2. It’s not too late to be admitted for Fall 2022! What are you waiting for? APPLY NOW!
  3. 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. For the 2023-2024 school year, be on the lookout for that to open on October 1, 2022.
  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!

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

Hail State!
Joy Smith
Admissions Coordinator
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Jason Keith

Fast Fact from the Dean

Industrial and Systems Engineering faculty Ra’ed Jaradat is partnering with the US Military Academy at West Point to collaborate on a systems thinking assessment tool, which is used to evaluate the effectiveness of the curriculum of Cadets as future Army Officers. This is the first ever collaboration between the US Military Academy and Mississippi State University.”

Dr. Jason Keith


Professor Profile

Stephen A. Torri

Hometown: Jackson, Michigan

Degrees and Universities:

  • B.Sc. Accounting, Finance, and Computer Science (Lancaster University – UK)
  • M.Sc. Computer Science (Washington University in Saint Louis)
  • Ph.D. Computer Science (Auburn University)

What do you teach and in what department?

  • Secure Software Engineering
  • Cybersecurity
  • Software Reverse Engineering

Why did you want to get into your current field?
I had grown up with a using computers at home and was fascinated by them. When I was considering what career I want to focus on a career where I could learn how to make computer programs. During my M.Sc and Ph.D. I learned more about computer security and ultimately work on a dissertation related to software engineering and malware analysis.

What research(if any) are you working on?
I am currently restarting my research into cybersecurity after spending twelve years in industry and government as a software engineer. I am looking at way to prevent malware from hiding.

What brought you to Mississippi State University?
Dr. Hamilton and Dr. Vaughn recruited me to help fulfill a vacant endowed chair position within cybersecurity. It seems like a good time to make a switch to academia after working successfully as a professional software engineer.

What has been your favorite part of teaching future generations of engineers?
Being around smart students with new ideas about how to solve some of the software industry more challenging problems.

What is a fun fact about you that you would like to share?
I am building a workshop to create new pieces of furniture through woodworking and furniture restoration.

What piece of advice would you give a student that is thinking of pursuing engineering at Mississippi State?
Understand the kind of job that is interesting and understand what education is required. A way to do that is to talk with people working in those kinds of jobs to hear what it is like in the day-to-day. Get an internship to try it out. Finally, only get the education needed to start working. Most software engineers can do well with a bachelor's degree.


Meet A Current Student

Jon Parker Jones

Jon Parker Jones

Where are you from: Kosciusko, MS

Course of study: Biomedical Engineering (Pre-Med)

Classification: Junior

What are you involved in?
Engineering Recruitment Leaders and the Pinelake College Ministry

Why did you choose the major you did?
I knew I wanted to go into the medical field ever since I was young, so before I entered college, I thought I wanted to major in Biological Sciences. I did some research, and I found out that you could get a bachelor’s degree in pretty much anything if you took the required prerequisites. I have always loved math and problem solving, so I think my two passions for math and medicine collided perfectly into Biomedical Engineering.

Why did you choose MSU?
I chose MSU for several reasons. An obvious reason is that the Bagley College of Engineering is world-renowned. The engineers that graduate from this college are highly sought after, and this appealed highly to me. Another reason was that Mississippi State has always made me feel so welcome whether it was on game day or a campus tour. The Bulldog family is unmatched.

Favorite spot on campus: The computer area on the first floor of Old Main. My friends and I sit in there everyday after class doing homework.

Favorite place to eat in Starkville: Uno Mas!

What is a fun fact that you wish every student knew about the BCoE or MSU?
There is free tutoring for students!!!


Noteworthy Achievements

MSU partnership with Italy’s University of Salento bolsters utilization of smart technology, advancing sustainable agriculture

A new partnership between Mississippi State University and Italy’s University of Salento will benefit both institutions as faculty work together advancing solutions to global food supply challenges through digital technology and smart agriculture.

University of Salento Rector Fabio Pollice and Vice Rector Maria Antonietta Aiello recently met with MSU Associate Vice President for International Programs Dan Reynolds, High Performance Computing Collaboratory Director Trey Breckenridge and Professor Alex Thomasson, head and endowed chair in MSU’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. MSU Senior Advisor for European and Data Science Development Domenico “Mimmo” Parisi also was part of the MSU delegation visiting Lecce, Italy. A reciprocal visit by the Salento leaders to Mississippi and MSU is planned for late summer or early fall.

The institutions plan a digital technology and sustainable agriculture workshop next semester in Salento with an additional spring event involving faculty from both universities. Among the collaborative work will be MSU’s involvement in addressing Xylella, a bacteria that has killed olive trees in the Salento region.

Article excerpt from the MSU Newsroom.
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Leaders representing Mississippi State University

Leaders representing Mississippi State University visited with leaders at the University of Salento in Italy recently. Pictured from left, MSU Senior Advisor for European and Data Science Development Domenico “Mimmo” Parisi; University of Salento Vice Rector Maria Antonietta Aiello; University of Salento Rector Fabio Pollice; MSU Associate Vice President for International Programs Dan Reynolds; Professor Alex Thomasson, head and endowed chair in MSU’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering; and MSU High Performance Computing Collaboratory Director Trey Breckenridge. (Submitted photo)

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