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Engineering Scholarship Furthers CSG Mission

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. This year, $5,000 was provided as support for a student in the College of Engineering. To be eligible for the award, a student’s “studies or research involve the promotion of energy efficiency, energy policy, conservation, clean energy, and sustainable living practices to help protect the environment and mitigate climate change.”

A successful applicant must be a full-time senior undergraduate or a graduate student. He or she also must provide an essay describing a particular interest, intended studies, and how studies might be translated into a practical application that supports increasing awareness, adoption, or practice of energy efficiency, renewable energy, or sustainable living technologies. Academic merit, financial need, a strong faculty recommendation, and other criteria comprise the basis of the decision.

Finalists were selected by the scholarship committee in the College of Engineering, and CSG made the final decision, opting to reward Colin Roderick for his hard work. Roderick is focusing his Master’s thesis work on practical design and analysis of passive vibration absorbers for offshore and floating wind turbines. As his faculty advisor, Dr. Matthew Lackner, reports, “This is a very important topic, as it can lead to offshore turbines that experience less vibrations, and so are more reliable and thus more cost effective.”

UMass has a strong curriculum in the disciplines of energy technologies, natural resources, and public policy. (May 2011)