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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. The award, entitled “Integrative Capstone Design Experiences for Engineering and Nursing Students to Enable Independence for Older Adults,” focuses on...

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. “As an industrial engineer...

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. The “50 to 25” program was created in recognition of the Arbella Insurance Group’s 25th anniversary and the important role the foundation plays in supporting the communities Arbella...

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. What this means is that your gift today will have twice the impact on future engineers and the practical experience they get...

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.

The objective is to understand very fundamental aspects of fluid turbulence, with the results...

Stephen Malkin, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department at UMass Amherst, passed away on August 19. An announcement on August 20 from MIE Department Head Donald Fisher noted that “On a sad note, Steve Malkin passed away yesterday, Tuesday, at his home in Boston. Steve was a very important figure in the recent development of this department and was a well-respected engineer and teacher. We will miss his friendship, leadership, and companionship.” Among Professor Malkin’s many honors was his election to the National Academy of...

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 fellowship supports two graduate students per year in the College of Engineering and the College of Nursing so they can do...

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 college is very fortunate to employ these new faculty members with such diverse backgrounds, outstanding academic performance, and cutting-edge research...

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.

Ramasubramaniam’...

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. “But we now know that if...

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