Most of us have heard Ralph Waldo Emerson’s famous quip: “Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.” His quote aptly sums up one important impact of the Senior Capstone Design course required for every senior in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. During each semester-long Senior Capstone Design course, companies and other organizations beat a path to the doors of the college, where they sponsor teams of talented MIE students to answer the worldwide call for a better mousetrap and brilliant new mechanical devices of every kind.
Two researchers from UMass Amherst have concluded that making investments in energy technologies to deal with climate change will always produce a positive payoff. Erin D. Baker, associate professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, and Senay Solak, assistant professor of operations and information management, published their findings recently in the journal Production and Operations Management.
As a result of the hard work, motivation, and coordination from Associate Dean David Ford, a collective effort at the College of Engineering and UMass Amherst contributed in several key ways to the recent White House celebration of the national “Maker Movement,” aimed at inspiring students and other young innovators to excel in the invention, design, and engineering of creative new devices of every kind. One result of the collective endeavor was that one UMass maker program was cited on page 5 of a White House document summarizing the national effort...
Dr. Briana Tomboulian, a NASA Graduate Research Fellow who earned her Ph.D. from the UMass Amherst Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department in June, has been chosen by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) to serve as the 2014-2015 ASME Congressional Fellow. The goal of ASME Congressional Fellows is to advise legislators on key science and technology issues that are often beyond the grasp of non-scientists.
Mechanical engineering major Moijue Kaikai has been selected for a UMass Amherst award by the Provost’s Committee on Service-Learning because of his array of community service activities during his undergraduate career at the university. “I am writing to congratulate you!” said John Reiff, the director of UMass Civic Engagement and Service-Learning. “You were nominated by [Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Professor] Erin Baker for an award, the Academic Engagement for Community Transformation Award, which recognizes your leadership, academic excellence, and contribution to a community.”
Research by Professor Erin Baker of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department was included as a recent NSF Highlight on the Research.gov website, posted by the National Science Foundation to spotlight outstanding research that it has funded. Baker’s highlight was entitled "The role of uncertainty in technology selection" and was based upon the following NSF Award: Collaborative Research: Choosing a Portfolio of Technology Policies in an Uncertain World.
Erin Baker of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and Eleni Christofa of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department have been awarded Sustainability Curriculum Initiative grants of $1,000 each from the UMass Amherst Libraries. The Libraries awarded the grants to nine faculty members to support revising existing courses and include or augment sustainability topics.
Andrew Dodd, a junior mechanical engineering major in the Commonwealth Honors College, has been accepted into the ultra-competitive Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program run by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, for students majoring in science, mathematics, and engineering. Dodd’s extensive background includes three summers of experience in the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and his research interests are in robotics, photonics, computer-aided design, and coding.
We’ve all seen the problem: Food service employees struggling to tug on those cumbersome, rubbery, hygienic gloves required by law. We’ve all asked ourselves the same question. How many times per day must they yank them on and off? Now a team of seniors from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department has created an automatic mechanism to help them do it.
Bob Barron, a Ph.D. candidate in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, has been selected for the 2014 Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria. Barron’s participation in the YSSP will be funded by the National Science Foundation in cooperation with the National Academy of Sciences.