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Younsuk Dong: Increasing Crop Yield and Reducing Water Consumption with Precision Irrigation

Younsuk Dong, an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist at the MSU Department of Biosystem and Agricultural Engineering (BAE), has created a system that will improve irrigation and plant disease management. Dong’s hardware, entitled the Low-Cost Monitoring System (LOCOMOS), is aimed at helping farmers determine optimal crop water patterns and can help farmers decide when crops …


MSU Innovation Center welcomes new Patent Assistant

Stephanie Taylor has recently joined the MSU Innovation Center’s Intellectual Property (IP) team. Taylor will work as a Patent Assistant, working with MSU faculty members and the Innovation Center’s patent attorneys to determine what intellectual property protections are available for the innovations being developed across MSU’s campus. Taylor graduated from Colorado Technical University with a …


Karen Lavery Appointed as MSU Innovation Center’s Newest Financial Analyst

Karen Lavery was recently appointed to the role of Financial Analyst of MSU Technologies at the MSU Innovation Center. Lavery attended the University of Phoenix, earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Lavery joined the Innovation Center team in June 2022 and assists the IP Finance Coordinator, Jen Folger. “Karen has a great attitude and is …


New Energy Frontier Research Center Create Sustainable Future Through Bacteria

Michigan State University is now home to one of the nation’s newest Energy Frontier Research Centers. Led by Cheryl Kerfeld, a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory is focused on building ‘nanofactories’ inspired by natural processes found in bacterial microcompartments. These bacterial compartments house specific biochemical …


MSU Engineering Undergrad Students Funded by NASA for Delivery Drone Technology

A team of 11 Michigan State Engineering students has recently been funded by NASA to develop bus-riding delivery drones. What  started as a project for their ECE 320 course has since transformed to a NASA-supported grant project when the team’s submission was selected by NASA for an $80,000 award from the Undergraduate Student Research Challenge. …


MSU Innovation Center’s Newest MTA/CDA/DUA Agreement Coordinator

In April 2022, Audrey Grantz was appointed CDA/MTA/DUA Coordinator, officially joining the CDA/MTA/DUA team. While working at MSU, she has negotiated material transfer agreements (MTA), Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDA), and many Data Usage Agreements (DUA). Audrey’s responsibilities in this position focus on ensuring faculty intellectual property are protected through these agreements. Grantz brings an outside …



MSU Faculty Member Tongtong Li: Working to Make Wireless Communication More Secure and Efficient

Wireless technology has taken over modern communication, making cybersecurity a critical research point in today’s society. At the forefront of this research is Tongtong Li from the MSU College of Engineering, who has been working on research to make wireless communication more secure in 5G and upcoming 6G networks. According to Li, wired communication is …


MSU Scientists Create New Method to Detect Dead Zones in Coastal Oceans

Coastal hypoxia, a disease caused by low levels of oxygen, is affecting algal blooms and other marine life. Coastal Hypoxia, also known as dead zones, are aquatic areas that have no living organisms because of low oxygen levels and are often caused by fertilizer runoff. Scientists at MSU discovered a “Birds-Eye Method” to predict the …


Low-Cost Irrigation Sensor Diminishing Water Waste in Farming

Biosystems & Agricultural Engineering (BAE) Master’s Student, Brenden Kelley, has been working on an environmentally friendly way to water crops by creating low-cost irrigation sensors. During his undergraduate studies at Michigan State University, Kelley studied water conservation with Assistant Professor Younsuk Dong and other students as a part of the BAE Irrigation Research Group. This …


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