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Assistant Professor Anuj K. Pradhan of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department was one of 10 experts from universities around the country featured in WalletHub's recent piece about the “Best States for Teen Drivers.”

Marlise van Tonder, who graduated from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department in May, has qualified to go to the Tokyo Olympics as a reserve on the South African field hockey team, as announced by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee. As she wrote to MIE Department Head Sundar Krishnamurty, “I appreciate the support UMass has given me during the buildup towards the Games.” She will be traveling to Tokyo with the team and staying with Team South Africa in the Olympic Village.

Jose Lemus, a senior mechanical engineering student in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, was highlighted as a “Key Collaborator” in the May issue of the PTC Digital Transformation Technologies Newsletter. As the newsletter said about Lemus, “This semester, he worked in an independent study to understand product integration and industrial automation using Vuforia Studio [Augmented Reality] by simulating the Pilot Process Machine. The machine automatically dispenses the desired color and quantity of Skittles for users.”

Assistant Professor Shannon Roberts of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department was lead author for a chapter on “Automation, Work, and Racial Equity: How Human Systems Engineering Can Shape the Future of Work” in an edited volume that has been recognized as the winner of the "Outstanding Academic Title" by the Choice organization.

In their recent article in The Conversation, Professors Erin Baker and Matthew Lackner of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department wrote that the U.S. government’s approval of the country’s first big offshore wind farm, to be located near Martha’s Vineyard, is a breakthrough for the industry. Baker and Lackner are both faculty with the Wind Energy Center at UMass Amherst.

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the College of Engineering and the College of Information and Computer Sciences has received a $5,000 2021 UMass Amherst ADVANCE Mutual Mentoring grant to help lay the groundwork for a collaborative center of excellence in robotics.

Ganesh Pai Mangalore, a Ph.D. student in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, has been awarded a $32,500 Link Foundation Fellowship in Modeling, Simulation, and Training. Pai Mangalore, who is a member of the research group headed by Assistant Professor Anuj K. Pradhan, will be studying how to conceptualize, develop, and evaluate a training program to help drivers realize the finer points of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), whose safety benefits are largely negated when utilized by uninformed users.

Assistant Professor Shannon Roberts of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department has received a UMass ADVANCE Faculty Fellow position for the 2021-2022 academic year. Advance Fellows partner with the UMass ADVANCE leadership team to promote gender equity for faculty at UMass. The UMass ADVANCE program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in order to generate gender and racial equality for faculty in science and engineering.

Xian Du and Meghan Huber of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department have been selected to be Panel Fellows in the 2021 cohort of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation’s (CMMI) Game Changer Academies for Advancing Research Innovation (CGCA).

Paul Hirsh, a student in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department who is working as a laboratory intern, has won a Scanlon Student Employee of the Year Award. Hirsh will also be returning to the MIE department in the fall of 2021 as a graduate student. As a Scanlon recipient this year, Hirsh will receive a monetary award of $500 and a certificate documenting his meritorious service to the university.

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