EAST LANSING — More than 50 Michigan State University engineering students joined the latest student chapter of The Engineering Society of Detroit Monday night.
The MSU chapter became the seventh student chapter of ESD, the Southfield-based multi-disciplinary professional society for engineers and people in related technical fields.
ESD Executive Director Robert Magee told the students that ESD can help them close the gap between their technical education and the realities of the modern engineering workplace.
“In the workplace… I see teams at work to solve problems,” Magee siad. “You will have a chemical engineer, a computer software engineer, you will have a mechanical engineer, working in a team. We help brings those teams together with our society. We are the only society that covers all disciplines of engineering.”
He said ESD can help engineering students with “soft skills” and contacts with the organization’s 140-plus corporate members as they launch their careers.
Magee and MSU engineering dean Leo Kempel emphasized that the student chapter itself will decide its activities and programs.