2019 Excellence in Innovative Service Award
Todd Daniels, senior team lead in MSU's MilTech, won the Excellence in Innovative Service by Professional Employees Award, given to a professional employee who has demonstrated tangible innovation, positive and broad impact on student experience, and/or leadership through role modeling. The award carries a $1,500 honorarium. Daniels is recognized for creating the concept and leading a team to develop an innovative online platform that connects manufacturers around the country with the Department of Defense to fulfill the technology needs of the U.S military. The platform, called Virtual Industry Day, significantly improves upon the DoD's old system by expanding its reach and making it more efficient. The platform, which was developed with the help of MSU students, receives no money from MSU but rather generates revenue, playing a key role in MSU's strategic goal of increasing research income. Daniels received his bachelor's and master's degrees from MSU's engineering college and has worked at MSU for more than 18 years.