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This Monday, February 29, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm. the 36-foot-long newly relaunched Distractology mobile classroom will visit the UMass Amherst campus.  Look for it by the Campus Center. 

The Distractology curriculum and simulator are based on Arbella Insurance Foundation-funded research conducted by mechanical and industrial engineering faculty member Donald L. Fisher. The classroom is outfitted with two high-tech driving simulators designed to give new drivers the chance to experience the perils of distracted driving, including texting while driving. Drivers who have...

UMass alumnus Mike McKinley, a graduate of our Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, was part of a research team from the University of California at Berkeley and suitX (a California-based robotics company designing and manufacturing medical and industrial exoskeletons) which won the $1-million prize at the international “Robots for Good” competition in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates...

Aditya Nagarajan, a graduate student in our Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, won a Second Place Oral Presentation award at the 14th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its application to the Environmental Sciences, which was part of the American Meteorological Society's 96th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, in January. Nagarajan’s award-wining presentation was about his research “On Learning Patterns Between GPS Derived Precipitable Water Fields and Radar Reflectivity Fields.” Listen to the Recorded Presentation.

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Professor Sundar Krishnamurty and Dr. Doug Eddy from the Center for e-Design at the College of Engineering have designed a Retrofit Seat Belt System that makes it possible to install the safety devices on an estimated 30,000 motor coaches and intercity buses nationwide that currently don’t have them. The seat belts can provide snug protection for bus travelers everywhere, but the retrofits are getting plenty of free play in the media following a recent News Office release. Feature...

Due largely to the persistent advocacy of United Technologies Corporation Aerospace Systems Project Engineer Marty Ross, a 1986 alumnus of our Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has designated Pratt & Whitney's R-1340 Wasp A engine as an historic engineering landmark, recognizing its technical significance in engineering and aviation.

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The UMass Amherst Provost’s Office recently posted a blog to publicize and celebrate a summer project in which MIE Professor James MacGregor Smith worked with three Brazilian students, along with one North American student from LSU, on a key study to relocate the Mail Services, Bulk Mail Services, and Campus Print Services on campus. Read the blog

Smith (Personal Homepage) is an expert in...

For patients with HIV and other chronic conditions, taking medicines daily and exactly as prescribed is crucial for quality of life and long-term health. To support this regimen, team leaders Jenna Marquard of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and Deepak Ganesan, computer science, recently received a four-year, $1.71-million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a cost-effective, easy-to-use device similar to a fitness tracker for maintaining a medication regime. See articles in...

Kasey Packard Smart, an undergraduate researcher in our Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, was a member of UMass Amherst biologist Duncan J. Irschick’s lab, which developed “Beastcam,” a multi-armed platform of cameras and a computer system that can rapidly and easily create 3D models of living animals and other objects. Beastcam was co-founded by Irschick, UMass Amherst polymer scientist Al Crosby, Smart, and Smart’s fellow undergraduate Dylan Briggs. Now Beastcam is attracting international media coverage, including an article in the Boston...

On December 11, MIE students in Professor David McLaughlin’s Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering course gathered in a large circle in the Student Union Ballroom, laughing, shouting, and cheering as dozens of their scale-model smart cars darted across the floor in an exercise of vehicle avoidance. The occasion was the class’s annual end-of-the-semester Smart Car Extravaganza. Now in its third year, the demonstration is the culmination of a semester-long assignment to build model cars using Arduino processors, motors, transistors, gears, and various sensors to monitor and control the...

Professor Jonathan Rothstein of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department has been directing some outstanding outreach projects with his students involved in the 2015 National Society of Rheology’s Education and Outreach Campaign. Recently, Rothstein worked with more than 35 student volunteers to educate approximately 175 participants – ranging from K-12 students to industry professionals – in Baltimore, Maryland.

Rheology, a branch of mechanics, is the study of those properties of materials which determine their response to mechanical force. The word rheology...

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