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During the fall semester, alumnus Daniel J. Riccio (’86, ME), the senior vice president of Hardware Engineering at Apple Inc. since August of 2012, spoke to approximately 120 invited students from various departments throughout the campus. The subject of Riccio’s talk was “From Amherst to Cupertino: My Leadership Journey With Apple Inc.” The event was moderated by College of Engineering Dean Tim Anderson and occurred in the packed Cape Cod Lounge of the Student Center on campus. After the talk, Riccio engaged his audience in a lively question and answer session.

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On December 4, the MIE 415 Senior Capstone Design course, taught by Professor Frank Sup of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, held its fall-semester poster contest, and the three winning teams produced a trio of brilliant and practical inventions aimed at solving major engineering problems. During the semester their engineering ideas went from the concept stage to the actual fabrication of three ingenious devices: a treadmill to improve the gait of patients recovering from neurological damage, such as that suffered by stroke victims; an optimized throttle control...

A team of researchers in Sundar Krishnamurty’s mechanical and industrial engineering laboratory is putting a couple of new, high-end 3D printers through their paces now in their temporary location in Elab II while they await the building of new facilities at the Life Science Laboratories (LSL), expected to be finished in 2016. See News office Story: http://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/engineering-team-using-3d-printers-test.

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To realize that the United States is in the throes of a nutritional crisis, all you have to do is pay attention. We are a country festering with obesity, eating disorders, and nutritionally caused conditions such as diabetes. As the founder and CEO of a new company targeting this crisis, alumna Alaina Hanlon Adams has her finger on the pulse of a country in big nutritional trouble. Her company, NuPlanit (http://www.nuplanit.com/), empowers people to sustain healthy, balanced eating habits using mobile technology and a network of nutrition experts....

The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department and MIE Professor Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi, together with Professor Christian Santangelo from the Physics Department and Professor Ryan Hayward from the Polymer Science and Engineering Department, hosted NEW.Mech 2014, a one-day workshop in ELab II. The purpose of the event was to bring together academics and professionals in the New England mechanics community with an interest in exploring new directions for the mechanics of materials and structures and share the latest advancements in the field. See event website:...

America has a problem: Not enough U.S. students are pursuing engineering careers.

That troubling fact helps explain why there are currently millions of vacant jobs across our nation, even as the number of Americans not in the labor force is the highest it’s ever been.

There simply are not enough applicants with adequate skills to fill many of the most promising positions available in the 21st century. This lack of skills is especially acute in jobs that increasingly rely on science, technology,...

A team of four mechanical engineering students from UMass Amherst is in the process of designing, building, testing, and launching a 92-inch-long, four-inch-diameter, 200-ounce rocket to compete in the NASA Student Launch challenge. The national competition engages teams from many colleges and universities across the nation in an eight-month commitment to design, build, and fly payloads and/or vehicle components on high-powered, scale-model rockets to support the “Space Launch System,” America’s new rocket program being developed for deep space travel.

The challenge for teams...

On December 5, Professor David McLaughlin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department held his second, annual, end-of-class demonstration of model, collision-avoiding  “smart cars,” as built by the students in his Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering course, ECE 361. The event is a sort of anti-demolition derby, in which 60 model smart cars, built in teams by the 193 mechanical and industrial engineering students in McLaughlin’s class, duck, dodge, and dart across the floor in a choreography of collision avoidance. The demonstration marks the culmination of a semester-long...

Jae-Hwang Lee, a faculty member in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is the lead and corresponding author of an article published on November 28 In Science magazine. The article describes special high-tech ballistic testing of natural graphene which demonstrates experimentally for the first time how this material can be used to construct a lighter, more protective, kind of bulletproof vest. See BBC article:...

Two faculty members in the UMass Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department who were named faculty fellows by the campus Civic Engagement and Service Learning (CESL) unit have spent the past year adding community service activities to their classes. The CESL faculty fellows from MIE are Ana Muriel and Hari Balasubramanian. The CESL fellowships add service learning and community service to Ana Muriel’s MIE 422 course, entitled “Statistical Quality Control and Improvement.” UMass CESL promotes learning for lifelong, engaged citizenship, partnering with communities on and off...

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