The MSU Innovation Center awarded Malik Jackson, a third-year chemical engineering student with a minor in entrepreneurship, the James Ian Gray Scholarship in Entrepreneurship Studies.
Ian Gray, for whom the scholarship was named, spearheaded the creation of the MSU Innovation Center and acted as Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies at MSU until his retirement in 2012. The center established the scholarship in his honor to recognize and support one innovative student that has shown exceptional interest, aptitude and passion for the pursuit of entrepreneurial opportunity and education while enrolled as an undergraduate student each year. The scholarship awards $2,000 per semester for the awardee to apply toward student expenses through the office of financial aid.
“I got involved with The Hatch last year,” Jackson recalled. “I was doing research for an engineering project, then I got interested in creating and producing oval filters, and that is what started my water company.”
Jackson’s start-up company, Trinhydral, is dedicated to creating products that help provide access to clean water, especially to underdeveloped and underprivileged areas within the United States and eventually, other countries.
In addition to his work with Trinhydral, Jackson serves as the vice president of a club called OptimizeMSU, a social entrepreneurship and innovation club that helps incubate student-led projects and ideas. Jackson has also taken part in a volunteer organization called Point, and plans to become involved with the MSU Entrepreneurship Association during the coming school year.