MSU Student Earns First Prize At National Chemical Engineers Student Design Competition: A Michigan State University student won first prize in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers 2013 Student Design Competition in the Individual category. Logan Matthews of Midland will be honored Nov. 3 -4 during the 2013 AlChE annual meeting in San Francisco. AIChE is the world’s leading organization for chemical engineering professionals. The 2013 Student Design Competition involved the design of a chemical plant to produce bio-oil and liquid fuels by marrying biomass pyrolysis and coal gasification in one joint process. Matthews said his design proved that marrying pyrolysis and gasification together did result in overall savings for the plant. Matthews graduated from MSU in May and began doctoral studies at Princeton University this fall in chemical and biological engineering. More at or

US Signal is HIPAA Compliant: US Signal, a Grand Rapids-based network and infrastructure provider, underwent an intensive HIPAA Security Compliance Assessment conducted by Michigan-based Health Care Management Inc. The rigorous process is an accurate and thorough analysis of an organization’s current HIPAA compliance status. It included extensive employee interviews, document collection and evaluation, IT infrastructure inspection, and workflow analysis to assess and test US Signal’s existing security protocols as they relate to the HIPAA regulations. Upon completion, Health Care Management produced a gap analysis and recommendation document that included industry best practices for HIPAA compliance. This document took into account 128 separate security controls stipulated by HIPAA under the GRC (Governance, Risk, Compliance) sections of the law. As a result, Health Care Management found that US Signal’s security environment aligned completely with the HIPAA Privacy and Security model and accredited US Signal as a HIPAA compliant organization. US Signal has more than 14,000 miles of lit fiber and metro rings in 23 strategic tier-one, tier-two, and tier-three markets. US Signal’s product portfolio includes a full suite of colocation, security, and HIPAA compliant computing services to complement its network offerings. More at


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