MSU’s STEM Pipeline Growing

EAST LANSING — Okay, so the Michigan State University Spartan defense couldn’t stop the Buckeyes Saturday night.

But boy, the MSU College of Engineering stopped me in my tracks Friday, the ninth and final day of the Engineering Society of Detroit Fall Tech Tour.

The college has exploded from 3,000 to 5,000 students just over the past five years, with more growth on the way — a 130,000-square-foot Bio Engineering Facility will add brand-new biotech labs to campus next year.

But MSU hasn’t forgotten where that success comes from — students. The school has an extensive STEM outreach program that reaches down to elementary school, and takes huge steps to make sure the students it gets to campus stay in school and graduate within hailing distance of on time.

The program for freshmen is called CoRe Experience. Its director, S. Patrick Walton, an associate professor of chemical engineering and materials science, says the idea is “to make first year engineering students second year engineering students, and ultimately

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