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Alexana Cranmer of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department is the 2013-14 recipient of the Kenneth A. Lloyd Fellowship, awarded annually to a qualified incoming doctoral student in the MIE department who shows exceptional potential for success in his or her field, with a preference given to female applicants. Mr. Lloyd of Duxbury, Massachusetts, graduated from the College of Engineering in 1973, having majored in mechanical engineering. He is currently the vice president and general manager of Electro Switch Corporation in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

On October 30, RailPod, a startup company founded by College of Engineering alumni Brendan English (B.S. 1999 in Computer Systems Engineering) and Blair Morad (B.S. 1998 in Mechanical Engineering), won $100,000 in the 2013 MassChallenge (, the world’s largest startup accelerator. RailPod was one of five $100,000 first-prize winners out of 128 companies competing in the MassChallenge.

College of engineering undergraduates Gabriel Abreu, a Mechanical Engineering major, and Xuyen Mai, of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, have been selected to share one of the Salute to Service Student Scholarships, which will be recognized on November 20 during a special awards event at the Boston Harbor Hotel as hosted by the UMass Amherst Alumni Association. “The Salute to Service Scholarship promotes the participation and success of students in extending their skill and talent through contributions toward the greater good of society,” explains the Alumni Association.

MIE Alumni Breakfast and Networking Event

Friday November 15
7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Registration Information

The College of Engineering is planting a foot in the future by offering an online M.S. in Engineering Management. Many alumni may recognize elements in the new online program that resemble the highly successful Video Instructional Program, known affectionately as VIP, which was a mainstay for three decades in the College of Engineering. The times have changed, and the capabilities have dramatically increased since the VIP program was first started.

Professor Yossi Chait of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is part of a multidisciplinary team that has been approved by an institutional review board to begin clinical testing of a groundbreaking new protocol for administering a key drug for managing patients in the final stage of kidney disease. “We are developing protocols for patients who have kidney disease and are undergoing dialysis and need precise, effective doses of recombinant human erythropoietin hormone,” says Chait.

Assistant Professor Frank Sup and Professor Sundar Krishnamurty of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, in collaboration with associate professor Cynthia Jacelon of the UMass College of Nursing, have obtained a five-year, $125,000 grant award from the National Science Foundation. It will support a new interdisciplinary project format in the MIE 415 Senior Capstone Design course taught by Sup and Krishnamurty.

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.