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April 3, 2024

Michigan's chief growth officer hosts roundtable with Spartan Engineers

Hilary Doe stresses education, talent retention in meeting with students

Hilary Doe
Hilary Doe is Michigan's first chief growth officer. It's her job to help increase the state's population and make it a more attractive place to live for young people. 

The State of Michigan's first chief growth officer held a roundtable discussion Monday, April 1 with MSU College of Engineering students and stressed the importance of collaboration and talent retention. 

Hilary Doe spoke with a group of Michigan Scholars, also known as EV Scholars, in the Engineering Building. She heard from engineering students about the kinds of job opportunities they are looking for and how quality of life issues will affect their career choices. 

Doe's visit was covered by The State News, MSU's student newspaper, and was one of reportedly 80 public engagement roundtable events she has held across the state since June 2023. 

The State News reported Doe didn't shy away from Michigan's challenges with population growth and efforts to pass legislation that helps the state attract new residents, retain current ones, and connect young people with affordable housing. 

“Michigan is the first to take this population growth challenge when no other state has because it’s not the kind of problem you solve in six months or … in one political term,” Doe told the newspaper. “No one person can do all this by themselves. … It’s ongoing, and it’s a group project.”

For more on Doe's roundtable with students, visit the State News' website.

Spartans support Michigan

The MSU College of Engineering, its faculty, staff and students are actively involved in educational, research and community engagement programs aimed to develop and keep talent in Michigan. 

The Michigan Scholars program is a prime example. It's a partnership between the college and Michigan Economic Development Corporation to foster hiring in the electric vehicle and mobility industries. 

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Details about the Michigan Scholars Program can be found on the college's careers website.

Additionally, the College of Engineering also creates opportunities year-round for younger generations to learn about its eight academic departments and Applied Engineering Sciences program. Resources for K-12 camps, programs, experiences and activies are available at

Written by Eric Lacy, See more at the Engineering Media and Public Relations page.