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Dr. Sadiye Guler, who earned her doctorate from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in 1996 and went on to found the intuVision company in 2000, has kept close ties with her alma mater through her company. Guler’s company creates leading-edge intelligent video content analysis technology products for real-world applications, including the specific needs of intelligence, security, and law enforcement personnel. In honor of her accomplishments, Dr. Guler received a Massachusetts High Technology Council’s 2008 Women-to-Watch award for developing and commercializing a new technology that is shaping the future of the video industry.

Therapeutic Systems, a company started by alumnus Brian Mullen when he was a doctoral student in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department in 2008, is producing an inflatable vest that offers a “portable hug” to help calm and soothe children with autism and other disorders. Mullen started the company with his partner Chris Leidel, who earned his MBA in the Isenberg School of Management, when the two put together a successful business plan to win the $50,000 University of Massachusetts Innovation Challenge.

For more than a decade the Parametric Technology Corporation, better known as PTC, has been designing a nurturing relationship with the UMass Amherst Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department that starts with a free annual license for the company’s trademark CAD modeling software. But our favored status goes far beyond the licenses PTC has donated.

Three engineering majors were among the 13 outstanding students being honored at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Undergraduate Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 13. Caitlin C. Bogdan of Neptune, New Jersey, a mechanical engineering and classics major, and Saranthip Rattanaserikiat (pictured) of Northampton, a civil and environmental engineering major, have been chosen as two of the 11 21st Century Leaders.

WGGB-TV ABC 40 in Springfield has aired a story on this year’s UMass Amherst Supermileage Team, which calls itself Team ZoomMass. The star attraction is an eight-and-a-half-foot-long, 100-pound, teardrop-shaped, neon-green vehicle designed to get as much as 1,500 miles per gallon of gas at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) National Supermileage Competition in Marshall, Michigan, in early June. "The students have been working very hard," said Jonathon Rothstein, the Team ZoomMass faculty advisor from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department.

On April 27, Kathleen DeVito and Maureen Huffam represented the Conservation Services Group (CSG) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to award the 2010-2011 CSG Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Scholarship to recipient Colin Roderick, a graduate student from Connecticut in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department. An earlier version of the UMass scholarship was created to commemorate CSG’s 25th anniversary and give back to the community.

Fourth year industrial engineering major Alex Barth had a memorable research internship “across the pond” last summer; an experience that goes far beyond his accomplishment of writing a paper that he’ll present at the International Conference of Engineering Design 2011 in Copenhagen, Denmark, next August. He also learned the lesson of a lifetime. “What made the biggest impact on my life?” Alex comments about his time in Europe.

On Wednesday, April 27, supporters of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Supermileage Team – Team ZoomMass for short – gathered at Western New England College (WNEC) in Springfield for a demonstration, rally, presentation, and celebration. The star attraction was an eight-and-a-half-foot-long, 100-pound, teardrop-shaped, neon-green vehicle designed to get as much as 1,500 miles per gallon of gas at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) national supermileage competition in Marshall, Michigan, in early June.

Prof. Hari Balasubramanian's long essay on primary care in the US and Cuba is now available on OR/MS Today.This article is based on his visit last June to Havana and interaction with some clinics and clinicians there. In particular he uses a photograph of a  neighborhood health status wall board in a family clinic that you may find interesting.

On April 7, four College of Engineering students donated their time, energy, and knowledge to the so-called “Carnival of Learning” by teaching about 55 youngsters from the John Duggan Middle School in Springfield the importance of education beyond high school. The college students, who belong to the campus chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, gave the kids a crash course in engineering by demonstrating how to extract DNA from strawberries and showing them how to build a better “mousetrap car,” solely powered by one standard-sized mousetrap.

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