DETxMSU Final Presentations

Date: August 12, 2016
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Outdoor Adventure Center, Detroit, Michigan

The OAC is sponsored by our partners with the MI DNR State Parks.

Imagine a Detroit summer infused with the enthusiasm of a concentration of university students who live, learn, and work on innovative projects throughout the city. Their focus is on areas of study that provoke their own academic and creative interests, as well as being of value in the community – entrepreneurship and business; media production and creative arts; placemaking and urban design.


With support from the Quicken Loans Family of Companies, this summer Michigan State students and faculty were be able to live, work, play, learn and contribute to one of the nation’s most vibrant historic, yet up-and-coming, cities – DETROIT.  Students have partnered with stakeholders throughout Detroit to work on projects ranging from entrepreneurship and business to urban design to media production. More than 60 students from six colleges brought their talent and enthusiasm to the city through these programs:  

Cultures of Creativity: Dr. David Sheridan, Residential College of Arts & Letters. Students will focus on how professionals from different backgrounds work together to achieve creative solutions in both corporate and community-based settings. Students visit ‘makerspaces’ where community members work on projects with shared tools and examine collaboration in various context: large, small, downtown, neighborhood, for-profit, nonprofit, etc. Dave Sheridan, associate professor, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities 

Data Mining and Information Visualization: Dr. Constantinos Coursaris, College of Communication Arts & Sciences, Department of Media and Information. Students will conduct large-scale exploratory data collection and analysis. The goal is to assist Detroit’s urban planning by mining mobile device location data, visualizing resident and commuter mobility, and recommending infrastructure developments to enhance people’s experiences in Detroit.  Constantinos Coursaris, associate professor, Department of Media and Information

DesignThink: Dr. Rob Dalton and Dr. Pat Crawford, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, School of Planning, Design & Construction.  Landscape architecture students will learn about Detroit’s Sense of Place, transforming the intangibles into an urban design. Training the minds of tomorrow’s urban designers requires real-world and active learning gained from hearing the people, experiencing the city and taking in its architecture. Pat Crawford, associate director, School of Planning, Design and Construction and Rob Dalton, assistant professor, School of Planning, Design and Construction

InnovateGov: Dr. Josh Sapotichne ,College of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science & Dr. Eric Scorsone, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Food & Resources Economics . Students embedded within Detroit’s core public or non-profit policymaking institutions will research and develop solutions to some of Detroit’s more pressing concerns. The students will be involved in the design and implementation of innovative approaches to an intensely challenging public problem—the looming social and humanitarian crisis triggered by an estimated 60,000 property foreclosures.  Eric Scorsone, founding director, MSUE Center for Local Government Finance and Policy  Josh Sapotichne, assistant professor, Department of Political Science 

ShiftBiz: Mr. Ken Szymusiak, Broad College of Business, Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Small business drives America’s economy. In ShiftBiz, students will work hand-in-hand with Detroit-based entrepreneurs to develop new actionable strategies for business growth.   Ken Szymusiak, director, Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation 

Urban Studio: Dr. Scott Schopierary and Dr. Bill Hart-Davidson, College of Arts & Letters, Technology & Innovation. The talent, energy and expertise of students in Arts & Letters will be paired with the talent, experience and commitment of Michigan citizens, organizations and entrepreneurs in a spirit of reciprocity and community engagement.  Scott Schopieray, assistant dean for Technology and Innovation Bill Hart-Davidson, associate dean for Graduate Education 

Media Sandbox: Mr. David Wheeler, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Media Sandbox. Student filmmakers will be embedded in Detroit for the entire summer. They will create films of each program, plus a film of the overall project. By getting under the skin and into the hearts and minds of the creative players and stakeholders, they will capture an intellectual and emotional picture, uncovering the true meaning of participation, and the impact of the overall project on both Detroit and MSU. David Wheeler, director, Media Sandbox, College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Engineering:  Mr. Garth Motschenbacher, College of Engineering. The Detroit Semester is Detroit 101 in many ways. It will allow students to see, learn and experience The New Detroit while helping them narrow down their career interests through their co-op, internship or summer job. MSU is partnering with After 5 Intern to give students both professional and social introductions to the downtown area.

Visit the DETxMSU: Design think SPDC web page to learn more about the event.