Charlene Nalubega, a junior industrial engineering major whose family now lives in Ashland, Massachusetts, is spending much of her time in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department working toward a noble goal. Nalubega came to the United States in 2009 from Uganda, and someday after she has become a professional engineer she would like to return there to help her country’s development and progress. “I wanted to do industrial engineering because there are a lot of systems in my country that are developed, but they need improvement,” says Nalubega.
The Arbella Insurance Foundation has awarded a grant of $50,000 to the Arbella Insurance Human Performance Laboratory as part of its “50 to 25” program, which presented one-time grants of $50,000 to 25 local charities throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut.
In the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Innovation Shop at UMass Amherst, we challenge students to develop real solutions to real problems every day. Now we’re pleased to announce a challenge for YOU. Altra Industrial Motion, led by President and CEO Carl Christenson ('82 B.S., '84 M.S., Mechanical Engineering), has made a generous challenge grant that will double every gift to the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department’s Innovation Shop up to $50,000.
Associate Professor Steve de Bruyn Kops of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst leads one of two teams awarded inaugural Frontier Project grants from the Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP). de Bruyn Kops’ project, entitled Multiscale Interactions in Stratified Turbulence, will use high performance computers to simulate turbulence in fluids strongly affected by gravity.
Stephen Malkin, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department at UMass Amherst, passed away on August 19.
Doctoral students Cheryl Ann Nicholas of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department and Jordon D. Bosse from the College of Nursing have been named the 2013-2014 Hluchyj Fellows at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Hluchyj Graduate Fellowship was started by Dr. Michael Hluchyj, a 1979 alumnus of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and his wife, Theresa “Terry” Hluchyj, a 1977 alumna from the College of Nursing.
The College of Engineering welcomes five new faculty members for the fall semester of 2013: Boris Lau and Gouping (Gregg) Zhang, who will join the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department; Christos Dimitrakopoulos, joining the Chemical Engineering Department; Zlatan Aksamija, who will be a member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department; and Stephen Nonnenmann, in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department.
The key to sustainable alternative energy sources such as biofuels, hydrogen, synthetic hydrocarbons, and fuel cells is the catalytic processes that drive the energy conversion pathways. Now Ashwin Ramasubramaniam, a faculty member in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has received a five-year, $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to study electocatalysts in direct methanol fuels cells and proton exchange membrane hydrogen fuel cells and then suggest revolutionary ways to improve them.
Donald Fisher, head of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and director of the Arbella Human Performance Laboratory, was the prime source in a June 28 New York Times article about schools using driving simulators for driver’s education. In the article, Fisher championed the use of driving simulators, such as the ones developed in his lab, and explained why teenagers in particular need the software instruction. “I call it the Lake Wobegon Effect — everyone learning to drive believes they are above average,” Fisher told the Times.
The UMass Supermileage Vehicle (SMV), a streamlined, three-wheel car with a featherweight aluminum frame and a plastic shrink-wrap shell, rolled smoothly through the Society of Automotive Engineers Supermileage® competition in Marshall, Michigan, while getting a tightfisted 1,010 mpg and finishing in fourth place out of 28 colleges. “We ended up rebuilding, significantly improving, and competing in the car we drove last year,” says faculty advisor Jonathan Rothstein of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department.