Bagley Bound Newsletter – December 2020

November 25, 2020

McCain Hall
McCain Hall

Happy December, everyone!

It is the final month of 2020, and I don’t know if you’re like me, but I am ready for the New Year! Bring on 2021! This month’s newsletter is publishing a little early because of reminders:

  • December 1, 2020
    Fall 2021 admitted students: Please do not forget that the Fall 2021 General Scholarship Application priority date is Tuesday, DECEMBER 1, 2020. To be considered for the maximum amount of scholarships, please be sure to have that application in by that date. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me
  • January 11, 2021
    With the holidays in full swing, we are already preparing for Spring events starting in January. The last of the Bagley College of Engineering and College of Business joint virtual event for all Fall 2021 prospective students will be hosted on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 5:30 pm. To register for the event, please visit here.

I want to encourage each of you to visit campus at least once this Spring. We would love to have you! Click here to schedule your campus visit.

As the year is winding down, I want to encourage to take this time to rest and recharge for the New Year and prepare for your next step in your educational journey. This is an exciting time despite all of the distractions that 2020 has brought, and I hope you are enjoying your year. If there is ever anything I can do to assist you, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

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

Jason Keith

Fast Fact from the Dean

“Computer Science and Engineering faculty Ed Luke's computational modeling software is used intensively by both NASA and SpaceX for designing advanced rockets and spacecrafts."

Dr. Jason Keith

Important Dates


Meet A Current Student

Hannah Belcher

Hannah Belcher

"We have some of the best engineering programs, and MSU really is a family where the support is always present.”

Meet Hannah Belcher, a Senior Aerospace Engineering student from Lincoln, Alabama.

Being a non-resident student provided Hannah with many options when choosing where to pursue her degree. When asked why she chose Aerospace Engineering and Mississippi State, Hannah said,

“I was good at math and I really enjoy the idea of creating something. I picked Aerospace because I’ve always been obsessed with the sky. The engineering program (at Mississippi State) is very good, and Starkville felt like my hometown. I liked the size and the community.”

Mississippi State University and the Bagley College of Engineering has provided Hannah some opportunities to continue to enrich and diversify her experience. One of those opportunities was through the Co-Op program where Hannah completed her three rotations with Huntington Ingall’s on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Along with her Co-Op, Hannah has pursued involvement that would not only help her connect with professionals in her industry, but she also has a passion for giving back. Hannah is currently a member of the Engineering Recruitment Leaders and she serves as the Vice President for the student chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics here at Mississippi State.

Our campus offers students the opportunity to find a spot that is just for them, and Hannah’s favorite spot on campus is the courtyard that is right in front of our Subway. In her words on why this is her favorite spot, she said, “When it’s not blazing hot, it smells like good food and it’s a nice covered spot on campus.”

Here are a couple of fun facts from Hannah:

  • What’s your favorite place to eat in Starkville?
    “Two Brothers. They have the best Cuban I’ve ever had, and I can walk there.”
  • What is a fun fact that you wish every student knew about the BCoE or MSU?
    “I think every student should know that cowbells are not the only thing that makes MSU special. We have some of the best engineering programs, and MSU really is a family where the support is always present.”

Want to know more? Visit us on campus and Hannah may just be one of the students attending your session to answer questions from the student perspective.

Noteworthy Achievements

Don Saget: The Embodiment Of The Flying M

The former MSU quarterback and wide receiver in the era of the Flying M went on to work on the Apollo missions

On February 6, 1968, Don Saget watched as the second ever Saturn V rocket left the hangar where it had been constructed and headed to the launch pad. Saget had spent the past month in Cape Canaveral, Florida, working in NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building on the rocket that would become Apollo 6.

He was an electrical engineering major during his time in Starkville and graduated in January of 1968. After marrying his wife, Saget immediately left for a job with IBM. So to begin the year, Saget found himself back in Florida on a platform about 100 feet in the air in the Vehicle Assembly Building.

"I knew where I was going at the end of the interview when they said they were looking for somebody to go work down in Cape Canaveral," Saget said. "IBM had the contract on the instrument unit (IU) stage of the Saturn V launch vehicle. It was about a three-foot section of the rocket that we sat on top of the third stage. It did all the controls for the launch of the vehicle."

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Don Saget

Don Saget was a record-setting receiver and quarterback at MSU from 1963-67.

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