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Sundar Krishnamurty – a professor and the department head of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE), the Isenberg Distinguished Professor in Engineering, and the director of the Center for e-Design – recently received a VentureWell Faculty Grant of $30,000. This funding will support the creation of a new course that teaches innovation and entrepreneurship from the viewpoint of understanding disability.

Junior Sarah Widrow of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department is the recent recipient of two significant awards: a Women’s Transportation Seminar / Rhode Island Undergraduate Scholarship of $1,000; and a Safety Research Using Simulation University Transportation Center (SAFER-SIM) Excellence Award for Undergraduates.

We’re proud to announce that Dr. Sundar Krishnamurty recently received a VentureWell Faculty Grant in recognition of their commitment to inclusive support of students who are creating innovations for positive social and environmental impact! This funding will support the creation of a new course that teaches innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) through the prism of understanding disability.

VentureWell’s Faculty Grants program helps faculty and staff at institutions across the country develop or sustain courses and programs that encourage STEM innovation.

Yanfei Xu, an assistant professor in the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department and an adjunct assistant professor in the Chemical Engineering Department, is the lead author on a collaborative paper published in Composites Communications - Elsevier.

The Arbella Insurance Foundation has announced the end of its 11-year-old Distractology program and has donated the Distractology trailer and its simulator, developed by College of Engineering researchers, to UMass Amherst, where it will be housed on campus for further opportunities to provide research, outreach, and education. Arbella will continue to fund these efforts for the next three years.

Forbes Magazine recently quoted Meghan Huber, an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and director of the Human Robot Systems (HRS) Laboratory, in an article about Walmart ending its contract with a developer of robots to track inventory in its store aisles. After testing and using the technology with approximately 500 robots over the past five years, the company will shift that labor back to human employees.

On November 5, Professor Frank Sup of the UMass Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department was one of 10 presenters at “The Future of Robotics: Research to Commercialization” event, as hosted by MassRobotics and the Mass Tech Collaborative.

Bridget Benner, a doctoral student in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department and an alumna of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), joined other panelists from the National Institute of Health and Massachusetts General Hospital for a panel discussion on career pathways in STEM on November 19. The event was part of BHCC's second annual Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Day, and the topic of the discussion was “Promoting Women in Science.”

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Professor Stephen de Bruyn Kops and a team of multidisciplinary researchers from four international institutions were recently granted special supercomputer access by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DoE) Office of Science through its Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program. de Bruyn Kops is the principal investigator on a project studying fluids and turbulence, which will be greatly enhanced by access to powerful supercomputers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, including the fastest in the nation.

Associate Professor Jae-Hwang Lee of the University of Massachusetts Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and his graduate students currently have simultaneous cover articles appearing in two major scientific journals. One journal is the American Chemical Society’s Applied Nano Materials and the second is Soft Matter, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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