Letter from the Dean: May 2023

May 1, 2023

Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Friends of the Bagley College of Engineering:

Welcome to an early edition of my May 2023 newsletter - I’ll be traveling internationally next week and may have limited email access.

As we end spring classes, I am pleased to share with you some of our most recent stories:

  • Check out the feature on civil engineering associate professor Dr. John Ramirez-Avila and his work in the Amazon River Basin.
  • A member of the Swalm School of Chemical Engineering, assistant professor Dr. Amin Amirlatifi of our petroleum engineering degree program was named associate director of the PATENT Lab.
  • Check out the feature series titled Lessons Learned from civil engineering alumnus Stephen R. Gelman.
  • Graduating this May? Please complete the Career Center First Destination Survey.
  • Congratulation to this year’s BCoE award winners:
    • BCoE Career Award Winner—Dr. Lesley Strawderman, Professor, International Paper Chair, Industrial and Systems Engineering
    • BCoE Faculty Service Award Winner—Rob Wolz, Instructor, Aerospace Engineering
    • BCoE Faculty Research Winner—Dr. Reuben Burch, Associate Professor, Jack Hatcher Entrepreneurship Chair, Industrial and Systems Engineering
    • BCoE Academy of Distinguished Teachers—Ms. Morgan Green, Instructor, Mechanical Engineering & Dr. Junfeng Ma, Associate Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering
    • BCoE Professional Staff Winner—Josh Weaver, Building Services Coordinator, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    • BCoE Graduate Student Research Winner—David Korba, Ph.D. student, Mechanical Engineering
    • BCoE Undergraduate Student Research Winner—Dongmin (Ethan) Kang, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University. If you haven’t visited the college’s website yet, please check it out at bagley.msstate.edu. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Finally, if you have any ideas for stories, please let me know at keith@bagley.msstate.edu.

Thank you for all you do, and Hail State!


Jason M. Keith
Dean and Professor
Earnest W. and Mary Ann Deavenport, Jr. Chair
Bagley College of Engineering
Mississippi State University