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On June 7 and 8, the streamlined, three-wheel car built by the UMass Amherst Supermileage Vehicle (SMV) Team, which calls itself Zoom Mass, rolled smoothly through the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Supermileage® competition in Marshall, Michigan with a car shell made of shrink wrap and an emergency engine getting a tightfisted 843 mpg and running mainly on true grit, improvisation, and elbow grease.

Patrick Quinlan, a 1982 graduate of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department and a former associate director for the UMass Wind Energy Center, now makes his living establishing sustainable start-up energy companies in Massachusetts. He is the founder of Celadon Innovation, providing consulting services and renewable energy technology development that directly improves the lives of individuals, families, farms, and communities.

Altra Industrial Motion, whose CEO Carl Christenson is an alumnus and avid supporter of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, was recently named as the Boston Globe’s number 3 company in its “Top 100” list and its number one industrial company.

The UMass Amherst Supermileage (SMV) Team finished in fifth place at the Society of Automotive Engineers Supermileage® competition, held on June 7 and 8 at the Eaton Corporation Proving Grounds in Marshall, Michigan. The UMass team’s streamlined, three-wheel car finished the course with a whopping 843 miles per gallon! “As usual, we ran into a number of technical difficulties, which included killing an engine, two batteries, and a starter motor, but we persevered,” says SMV faculty advisor Jonathan Rothstein of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department.

Thomas J. Laramee, who received his B.S. (1994) in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics and his M.S. (1997) in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) from UMass Amherst, has created the Al Russell Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of Dr. George Albert (Al) Russell, who passed away in April after a brief illness. Dr. Russell taught in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department for 34 years after earning his doctorate in 1968. Mr. Laramee currently serves as Principal Engineer of Zulily, Inc., a successful Internet startup in Seattle. Mr.

Alumnus Ken Lloyd of Duxbury, Massachusetts has established the Kenneth A. Lloyd Fellowship, which will award more than $25,000 per year to a qualified incoming doctoral student in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department. Mr. Lloyd 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. A longtime supporter of the College of Engineering, Mr.

On May 22nd through 25th, the 2012 IGERT Online Video and Poster Competition will be live on Igert.org/competition2012. Be sure to check out the videos and posters from your colleagues; offer comments, feedback and questions for presenters; and cast your votes for 4 IGERT Community Choice awards. Encourage friends to vote their favorites by ‘Liking’ them on Facebook.

The IGERT 2012 Video & Poster Competition is now live!

Anthony McCaffrey, postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for e-Design in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, was the subject of an article in The Atlantic, one of the nation’s oldest and most respected publications.The Atlantic article continued the national coverage for the method developed by McCaffrey to enhance anyone’s problem-solving skills, especially engineers, inventors, and oth

Register now for UMass Amherst’s online wind energy course Engineering Windpower Systems.  This course draws on the experiences of professors James Manwell and Jon McGowan -- authors of the authoritative engineering textbook Wind Energy Explained: Theory, Design and Application.

The course will cover:

Alumna Alaina Hanlon, the president and CEO of the PhenotypeIT company that provides health and wellness software solutions to help individuals and organizations better identify and manage chronic health issues, took home the second-place $3,000 prize at the National Health Promotion Summit, where the Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators App Challenge was staged. Team Community Commons won the $10,000 first prize. PhenotypeIT guides individuals gradually to change behaviors that are putting their health at risk.

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