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Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Grandville, Rochester teams win VEX Robotics at MSU

EAST LANSING — Detroit Catholic Central High School’s VEX Shambots B team won the coveted VEX Robotics Excellence Award and a three-team alliance from Bloomfield Hills, Grandville, and Rochester were high school tournament champions at the 2017 Michigan VEX Robotics State Championship on Sunday, Feb. 19, at Michigan State University.

At the middle school level, Hudsonville Robotics took home the VEX Excellence Award and a three-team alliance that included two teams from Flint’s Carman Ainsworth Middle School Robotics and the Technology First team from Lambertville were tournament champions.

There were 76 teams, including 48 high school and 28 middle school teams, competing at the 2017 state games, all working for the right to represent Michigan in the 2017 VEX Robotics World Games in Louisville, Ky., April 19-25.

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MSU Engineering celebrates science and engineering during EWeek 2017, Feb. 18-25

EAST LANSING — In honor of National Engineers Week in February, the Michigan State University College of Engineering is planning activities and events to emphasize the importance of the contributions made through engineering, science and technical skills. EWeek at MSU runs from Feb. 18-25.

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Michigan VEX Robotics State Championships Feb. 19 at MSU

EAST LANSING – Around 500 of Michigan’s youngest robotic masters are coming to Michigan State University in East Lansing for the Michigan VEX Robotics State Championships, Sunday, Feb. 19.

Competitors from 48 high school and 28 middle school teams will gather in Jenison Field House during the tournament that runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Opening ceremonies begin at 9:15 a.m.

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MSU autonomous vehicle featured at AutoMobili-D at 2017 NAIAS in Detroit

EAST LANSING — Michigan State University will display a cutting-edge autonomous concept vehicle and related technology during AutoMobili-D at Cobo Center from Jan. 8-12 — a premier feature of the 2017 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

MSU’s green-and- white vehicle is equipped with a variety of intelligent devices and sensors, such as laser radars, or lidars, that create a 3D map of the driving area as well as advanced algorithms that allow a vehicle to maneuver in its environment.

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Historic $12.7M Gift Headed To MSU College of Engineering

EAST LANSING — The Michigan State University College of Engineering has received the largest individual gift in its history.

A $10.7 million bequest from a California entrepreneur joins a previous cash gift of $2 million, bringing his total giving to $12.7 million to support the college and the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, one of the National Science Foundation’s Science and Technology Centers.

The commitment is from computer scientist John R. Koza, who is considered the “father of genetic programming.”

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MSU Foundation Launches $5M Tech Transfer Fund

EAST LANSING — A new $5 million venture investing subsidiary of the Michigan State University Foundation called Red Cedar Ventures will help MSU-based business startups and technologies overcome early funding gaps, accelerate growth and provide growth-stage capital.

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NSF Grant Helps Strapped MSU Engineering Students

EAST LANSING — A $1 million National Science Foundation grant will help second- and third-year engineering students with financial needs continue on their paths to graduation.

Attracting talented students into science, technology, engineering and math, the so-called STEM disciplines, does little good if financial strains derail a student’s plans midway to graduation.

The NSF grant to the Michigan State University Colleges of Engineering and Education will help students persist through the financial and academic challenges facing them.

Eligible MSU engineering students will receive $8,000 per year in tuition and targeted support services during their second and third years of college. In total, the funds will support four cohorts of nine students each.

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Tenneco Donates $300K To MSU’s CoRe Experience

EAST LANSING — The Lake Forest, Ill. auto parts maker Tenneco donated nearly $300,000 to the Michigan State University CoRe Experience program, designed to engage first-year engineering students in experience-based learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication celebrated the partnership on Friday, Oct. 14, at MSU’s East Wilson Hall, where Tenneco sponsored the renovation of the fifth floor lobby as a workspace for students to gather and collaborate on projects, activities, and networking.

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MSU receives $5 million commitment for engineering scholarships

EAST LANSING – A graduate of Michigan State University, whose only hope of completing his college education in the 1960s was a scholarship, is paying it forward with a $5.3 million gift to the College of Engineering.

The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, will use cash and estate planning to commit $5.3 million to an endowed College of Engineering scholarship. A charitable bequest will ensure his generosity serves Spartan engineers in perpetuity at Michigan State.

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Michigan universities collaborate to examine water filters in Flint

EAST LANSING — Researchers from Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University are conducting studies to determine the best ways to manage the type of point-of-use water filters being used by Flint residents.

The studies are supported by grants from the National Science Foundation.

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