Posts Tagged ‘michigan state university’


July 29, 2008

Trivia Question

Our latest trivia question was inspired by the recent ICANN vote to allow the creation of new Internet domain names.

Was Michigan State University always MSU.EDU ?


MSU’s first computer

June 9, 2008

Richard Reid works on MISTIC

The first computer at MSU was MISTIC, the MIchigan STate Integral Computer.

Above, Richard Reid, professor emeritus of computer science and engineering at MSU, works on MISTIC.

Catherine and James both correctly answered our June 5 trivia question. Catherine points out that MSU was Michigan State College close to the time that MISTIC was built. And, in part, she’s right about the machine still existing here:

In 2006, MSU Academic Technology Servies (ATS, then ACNS) put together a celebration to mark 50 years of computing at MSU. They created a beautiful Web site, museum display, and time line of MSU computing history. The museum exhibit is now over, but parts of MISTIC are still on display in the Computer Center.

The Web site ATS created has more historical photos and a video of a panel discussion with MSU computing pioneers, including Richard Reid, Julian Kateley, Glen Keeney, Elizabeth Unger, Lawrence W. Von Tersch, and Henry Blosser.

Does anyone else remember MISTIC? We would love to hear from you.


Save the Date!

June 5, 2008

You’re invited to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the computer science and engineering department at Michigan State University!

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering will host activities during homecoming weekend this year, so please mark your calendar for Friday, October 3.

Meanwhile, we invite you to take part in activities leading up to the event.

  • Browse through our online history archive and add your own memories.
  • Test your knowledge of CSE trivia. We’ll post a new question here every day Monday — Friday.
  • Visit the new EGR Alum-Net site. You can create a profile and search for fellow alumni.
  • Help us plan events! Please send us an e-mail:

We hope to see you at homecoming. Go State!


CSE Trivia Launched

June 5, 2008

Welcome to CSE trivia!

Trivia will include general computer science questions or anything related to the MSU computer science department from the early days to the present.

To answer a question, just leave a comment. To submit a question, please send it to glasskim AT cse . msu . edu. Feel free to comment on older trivia questions as well.

Hint: Some of the answers can be found on the CSE 40 year anniversary site.

Trivia will be updated daily Monday — Friday during Fall semester 2008. We may be inclined to offer prizes if enough people are interested in a contest!

June 5 Trivia Question

What was the name of the first computer at Michigan State University?