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Two College of Engineering majors were recently included in a Research Next article about Rising Researchers and their “research ambitions.”

“As the commonwealth’s flagship public research university,” the article began, “UMass Amherst provides a unique opportunity for students to conduct hands-on research early in their academic careers. This semester, we honor six undergraduates with the Rising Researcher award for their highly ambitious pursuit of research and scholarly activity.”

A detailed and very informative article in the November 28 issue of E&E News – “The essential news for energy & environment professionals” – offers a stirring tribute to William E. Heronemus, the much heralded civil engineering and (later) mechanical engineering professor at UMass Amherst who is considered the "father of modern wind power." As MIE Professor James Manwell says, “Here is an article that recognizes where modern wind energy started – UMass engineering!”

Read “WIND: Meet ‘the Captain,’ the father of modern turbines” »

Also see “The UMass Wind Turbine WF-1, A Retrospective” »


A graduate of our Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department and a Biomedical Engineering doctoral student were members on two of the four winning teams at the recent Innovation Challenge Seed Pitch competition, held on Wednesday, November 29.

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As Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department Head Sundar Krishnamurty says, “We had a banner year this year with six of our alums taking up faculty positions” at various institutions. Banner year indeed! Robert Hyers’ student, Jongyun Lee, is now an assistant professor at Iowa State University. Zana Cranmer, an IGERT student with Erin Baker, has moved on as an assistant professor at Bentley University. Rachel Koh, IGERT student with Matthew Lackner and Robert Hyers, is currently an assistant professor at Lafayette University.

Senior Mechanical Engineering Major Jamar Hawkins is among a small group of students who have been selected to receive the 2017-2018 UMass Amherst Rising Researcher student achievement award. This award recognizes exceptional UMass Amherst undergraduate students who excel in research, scholarship, or creative activity. Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Professor Yubing Sun nominated Hawkins for the award in recognition of his student’s research and academic achievements conducted under Professor’s Sun’s direction. Read more about the award and previous recipients »

On Thursday, November 30, Karen Gillett Britton ’87, the senior vice president and chief operating officer for the e-Management Company and a former special assistant and chief information officer for the Obama White House, will deliver the 18th annual Tang Lecture at 4:00 p.m. in the Amherst Room on the 10th Floor of the Campus Center on the University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus. A reception will follow the Lecture at 5:00 p.m. The title of Britton’s Tang Lecture: “Are emerging cyber threats stifling business innovation?” The public is invited to this free event.

Professors Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi (Principal Investigator) and Jonathan Rothstein (Co-Principal Investigator) have been awarded a $461,774 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Chemistry, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET). The proposal, titled “Fluid-structure interactions between non-Newtonian viscoelastic fluids and flexible cylinders,” plans to study the interactions that occur between a flexible or flexibly-mounted structure and the elastic instabilities that can result from the flow of a non-Newtonian viscoelastic fluid past that structure.

Special Issue: Grinding Technology — Commemorating the Scientific Contributions by Professor Stephen Malkin​



Several deeply committed UMass Students didn’t want to let the water crisis in Puerto Rico go unchecked! A brilliant and idealistic five-person interdisciplinary team, which included three engineering majors, won four prizes at the HackUMass hackathon on November 3 through 5 by creating LiveWaterMap, invented to counteract the devastation and resultant water shortage and contamination caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. As the team explains its product, “LiveWaterMap is an online web service that collects and maps water quality data using GPS and time data - information that can be easily understood and made available for anyone, anytime, anywhere.”

The first phase of the UMass Amherst 2017–18 Innovation Challenge, called the MinutePitch, kicked off its 13th year of competition on October 25 with a team from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department winning the $750 second prize for its new approach to catching deadly pancreatic cancer in its crucial early stages.