NY Area Spartan of the Week: Fred Millett

Posted by admin | November 06, 2011

NY Area Spartan of the Week: Fred Millett 

A few Spartan questions for Fred Millett:

Q: What was your major at MSU and what year did you graduate?
A: I graduated from MSU in 2004 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.

Q: What are you doing now for work?
A: I am an attorney specializing in complex pharmaceutical patent litigation at a firm in Midtown. However, during law school I interned at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia, where I worked on death penalty defense litigation.

In my spare time, I am also an avid photographer. I have a website where I sell my work online.

Q: Where do you live?
A: I just moved back to the Financial District after living in TriBeCa for two years.

Q: Favorite NYC restaurant?
A: One of the things I love about New York is the many great restaurants here.  I’d have to say my top restaurants are Sushi Yasuda in Midtown East, Becco in Midtown West, and Stanton Social in the LES.

Q: What is best part of living in the NY area?
A: New York is such a big city that you can literally experience anything.  Whether it’s going to a Broadway musical, a concert in Williamsburg, one of the many museums, or just walking around the city taking in the sights, there is always something to do here.  I love that no matter how long I’ve lived here, there are still streets that I have never walked on and experiences that are awaiting.  New York is such a big city that it never gets boring.

Q: What is best part of being a Spartan in New York?
A: By far the best part of being a Spartan in New York are the fellow Spartans here.  I have met countless close friends here through the Alumni Association and watching MSU football and basketball games.  Also, I like that there are fewer MSU Alumni here in NY than in other cities, which is perhaps one of the reasons why I have made so many close friends here.  It is a small group in such a large city.

Q: If you could invite 3 people from any time who were associated with Michigan State to dinner who would they be?
A: While I, as everyone else, would love to have dinner with Tom Izzo, Magic Johnson and Biggie Munn, I thought I should list some MSU alums that have not been mentioned yet. After doing a few internet searches on notable MSU alumni, taking into consideration my current career as a patent attorney, I came up with the following three MSU alums:

Lloyd Groff Copeman, B.S. 1903, who apparently has nearly 700 patents to his name, including inventing the first electric stove (which was a precursor to the microwave oven);

Gary Starkweather, B.S. 1960, who invented the laser printer; and

Alfred Hershey, B.S. 1930, Ph.D. 1934, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1969, for his group’s discovery on the replication of viruses and their genetic structure.