Office of the Executive Vice President for Administrative Services

Office of the Executive Vice President for Administrative Services

Mobility Planning

Mobility on MSU’s campus is complex and dynamic. Daily students, faculty, staff, visitors move across campus driving cars, scooters, parking, riding public and private buses, biking, walking. Waves of students hourly cross campus with class changes. Staff and faculty move to meetings. 80,000+ fans on game day drive, park, tailgate and walk to Spartan Stadium. This movement brings issues around safety, congestion, accessibility, among others that need to be addressed. In addition, the future of the campus and technology need to be considered. What could a campus filled with connected, autonomous vehicles look like? A MSU Mobility Planning effort was kicked-off in December 2016 to address mobility issues and define opportunities for the future of MSU’s campus. This planning will work to develop a robust campus mobility plan that connects current initiatives, engages stakeholders, builds on the Campus Land Use Master Plan, and provides the framework to improve campus mobility for all.

LEAD session and Mobility conversation with EVP Satish Udpa took place on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Click here for the presentation.  

MSU Mobility Highlights

EVPAS Contact: Wolfgang Bauer

We welcome your feedback regarding this project. Please email any and all suggestions to

Photos of MSU's autonomous vehicle equipped with a series of radars and LIDARs (laser radar), cameras and accompanying software that will be tested on campus!

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MSU Guide - Navigating the Campus

MSU Guide – Navigating the Campus

Guide is an exciting way to explore and find your way around the MSU East Lansing campus. Designed at the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities(RCPD) to help those with visual, spatial, and mobility disabilities discover their surroundings, Guide is interactive and provides real-time location-aware information about campus landmarks while remaining accessible and useful to all. Guide is uniquely ready to help students, employees, and visitors identify important campus landmarks using 3 core tools available when walking campus:

● WAND - Point your phone at any building on campus to discover its name and more information including wheelchair accessible entrances.

● MAP - A map that lets you view campus landmarks. Tap to drop a pin, then click on it to view a compass that locks on to the closest landmark under the pin.

● SEARCH - Use the iOS home screen search function (Spotlight) to locate any campus building by name. Once you search and identify your building, simply select it and Guide locks onto it so you can always check where it is relative to where you are without needing a map. You can even use navigation from Spotlight results to view detailed directions to a landmark.

For more information and to download Guide check out iTunes at

Smart Parking

Smart Parking

Parking on MSU’s campus is limited. Drivers often circle from lot to lot looking for spaces. Some faculty and staff are reluctant to leave campus during peak hours (lunch time) or to go to meetings for fear of losing their parking space.

MSU is interested in developing a smart parking solution that would provide real-time information on the number of spots available in each parking lot. This would allow drivers to target lots with open spaces and make other more informed choices about their commute on campus. Currently, there is a potential path for Smart Parking on campus in gated lots; however, it will involve a costly replacement of gate arms across campus. The Office of the EVP for Administrative Services and the MSU Police Department Parking Office recently worked with a student engineering team to develop a lower cost solution.

The student team worked on the project as part of the ECE480 class and presented at the College of Engineering’s Design Day. The team was committed to solving the problem of uncertainty through sensing technology and networking in order to inform drivers of the capacity in real-time. This would allow a driver to make an informed decision when targeting a parking lot, eliminating time wasted in searching for space. The team presented a prototype at the December 2016 Design Day. Work will continue with future student teams.

Group picture of ECE480 Class

Team Members (L-R): Brian Flanery, Caroline Francis-Bohr, Davida Lowe, Yifan Yu, Wen Zhong

Traffic Control

Traffic Control

The Office of the EVP for Administrative Services and the MSU Police Department are working together to bring a central traffic control system to campus. This project will move MSU from a traffic signal system that requires manual changes, to a fiber network and software enabled system to allow real-time changes to signals. This system will also allow the creation of an emergency signal timing plan. Fiber to traffic signals has already been run, and the new system is expected to be in place by fall 2017.

Contacts: Stephanie O’Donnell (Traffic Engineer, MSU PD) and Wolfgang Bauer (EVPAS)

MSU parking gate