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Featured MSU Engaged Scholars

Medical Packaging Design Requires Comprehensive Approach

Medical Packaging Design Requires Comprehensive Approach

Most of us have experienced the frustration of trying to open a package that is well sealed and well insulated. If a healthcare professional trying to open a package containing a medical device experiences that same frustration, it can mean a difference in quality of care, or even life or death for a patient.

Laura Bix, associate professor in MSU's School of Packaging, works with a wide range of practitioners, students, and medical professionals to identify the critical issues involved in healthcare packaging.

Cost considerations, ease of opening and handling, maximizing sterility and minimizing contamination, and preventing user error are some of the many factors Bix takes into account when working with industry partners ... read more

Working with the Air Force to Develop Supersonic Engines

Working with the Air Force to Develop Supersonic Engines

The United States Air Force has a "need for speed." Dr. Tonghun Lee, associate professor in MSU's College of Engineering, is working with researchers at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) in Dayton, Ohio, to develop innovative combustion systems that will allow engines to operate at incredibly high speeds.

Lee has spent three summers at Wright Patterson's Propulsion Directorate within the Aerospace Propulsion Division (Air Force Research Laboratory), funded by their Summer Faculty Fellowship Program. "I use lasers to look at the combustion process in propulsion systems," Lee explains. "I image things like temperature and chemical species in laboratory set-ups which are designed to simulate conditions that show how an engine is running." Because much of his research is on location at WPAFB, Lee travels there frequently to set up lasers and make measurements ... read more

MSU Priorities

Community and Economic Development in the 21st Century

Chemistry Professor's Research Leads to Award Winning InPore Technologies

Chemistry Professor's Research Leads to Award Winning InPore Technologies

InPore Technologies is an award-winning, Michigan based, startup company created from the science discoveries of a chemistry professor at Michigan State University.

Dr. Thomas J. Pinnavaia joined MSU's Chemistry Department in 1966, and continues to have considerable enthusiasm for the challenges of chemical research with inorganic materials. He is the lead inventor on more than 80 issued and pending U.S. patents, has served as a member of the editorial boards of nine international scientific journals, and has won several national and international awards.

The current company is the evolution of a company called Claytec, Inc., that represented Pinnavaia's earlier work with inorganic materials.

InPore Technologies produces a product for applications in the plastics industry called Silapore™. The Silapore particles produced have numerous pores comparable in size to polymer molecules, and the way they are structured work synergistically with other chemical agents to improve flame retardancy while making the compounds stronger and/or lighter, and therefore less expensive for manufacturers to produce in a variety of industry capabilities ... read more

Looking for Community Partners

Collaboration and partnership with communities are at the core of engaged scholarship. In all of its work, University Outreach and Engagement emphasizes university-community partnerships that are collaborative, participatory, empowering, systemic, transformative, and anchored in scholarship. If you are a faculty or academic staff member wanting to establish a community partnership, University Outreach and Engagement may be able to help you. Our staff and researchers have connections across the state in areas such as education, mental health, human services, business, and government. For more information, contact Burton Bargerstock, Executive Director of the Office for Public Engagement and Scholarship, at (517) 353-8977 or bb@msu.edu.


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MSU Graduate Certification in Community Engagement
This program prepares graduate students for careers that integrate scholarship with community engagement. It offers students a transcript notation indicating that they have completed the program.

Community Engagement Toolkits
Designed by the Center for Community Engaged Learning to guide and support MSU faculty, students, staff, and community partners.

Transformations in Higher Education: The Scholarship of Engagement Series
Available from Michigan State University Press

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