Mechanical engineering alumnus Walter D. Musial (’80 B.S., ’83 M.S.) is the 2011 recipient of the UMass Amherst Alumni Association’s first Alumni Clean Energy Award (ACE). This award recognizes notable achievement or innovation in the public, business, or professional areas of clean energy or technologies. Musial is a principal engineer and manager of Offshore Wind and Ocean Power Systems at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. “UMass really changed my outlook on engineering,” he said.
Professor Robert Hyers of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS), which has about 11,000 members. He will take office at the TMS Annual Meeting in March of 2012. Hyers has been chosen as the Financial Planning Officer, which is "the keystone” for TMS financial leadership. "It is my duty to represent the membership in ensuring that TMS maintains its good financial health and continues to grow," he said about his election.
Joseph Goldstein, a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and the former dean of the College of Engineering, received one of six Awards for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity being presented to “nationally acclaimed faculty members” at the Seventh Annual Faculty Convocation on September 16.
Matthew Lackner (pictured) and Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department have received a three-year, $167,000 grant from the state-run Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to develop a design and economic analysis for the next generation of two-bladed, downwind, offshore, floating, wind turbines.
This September 22, Briana Tomboulian, a graduate student in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, served as a student panelist for a briefing on Capitol Hill entitled “Students Bringing Space Research Down to Earth.” The program, sponsored by the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology (ASGSB) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), was intended to brief Congressional aides on the kind of space research being done by students.
A feature story in the August 30 edition of Business West looked at the Vayu Vest, named after a Hindu wind god and invented by UMass Amherst alumnus Brian Mullen (right) while he was a graduate student in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department. The inflatable vest is used to help calm children who have autism by giving them a “portable hug.” The story described how Mullen has been collaborating with Tina Champagne, director of the Center for Human Development’s Institute for Dynamic Living in Springfield.
The Summer 2011 edition of UMass Amherst Magazine includes an eight-page spread that spotlights the UMass Amherst Transportation Center and the Arbella Insurance Human Performance Laboratory. The transportation stories also use pithy quotes from the heads of those two groups. “Transportation, like food and water, is a basic human need,” says Transportation Center Director John Collura to begin the spread. “It impacts everyone.” A two-and-a-half-page story on the Transportation Center is the lead for the whole spread.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a $3.2-million grant from the National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program to start an interdisciplinary graduate program in Offshore Wind Energy Engineering, Environmental Science, and Policy.
Doctoral candidate Thalia Taylor (left in photo) and her colleagues in the Arbella Insurance Human Performance Laboratory won the Honda Outstanding Student Paper Award at the 6th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driving Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design, held at Lake Tahoe in late June. Taylor is a doctoral student in Neuroscience and Behavior at UMass Amherst.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Wind Energy Center is launching the first wind energy graduate certificate program in the U.S. This 15-credit, five-course certificate program offers a unique opportunity for students or professionals to obtain in-depth knowledge of all aspects of wind energy at the preeminent academic wind energy program in the U.S.