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We’re proud to announce that Dr. Sundar Krishnamurty recently received a VentureWell Faculty Grant in recognition of their commitment to inclusive support of students who are creating innovations for positive social and environmental impact! This funding will support the creation of a new course that teaches innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) through the prism of understanding disability.

VentureWell’s Faculty Grants program helps faculty and staff at institutions across the country develop or sustain courses and programs that encourage STEM innovation.

Yanfei Xu, an assistant professor in the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department and an adjunct assistant professor in the Chemical Engineering Department, is the lead author on a collaborative paper published in Composites Communications - Elsevier.

The Arbella Insurance Foundation has announced the end of its 11-year-old Distractology program and has donated the Distractology trailer and its simulator, developed by College of Engineering researchers, to UMass Amherst, where it will be housed on campus for further opportunities to provide research, outreach, and education. Arbella will continue to fund these efforts for the next three years.

Forbes Magazine recently quoted Meghan Huber, an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and director of the Human Robot Systems (HRS) Laboratory, in an article about Walmart ending its contract with a developer of robots to track inventory in its store aisles. After testing and using the technology with approximately 500 robots over the past five years, the company will shift that labor back to human employees.