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Assistant Professor Shannon Roberts of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department is one of eight campus faculty members chosen by the UMass Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) as recipients of 2021-22 Lilly Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. Through her Lilly Fellowship, Roberts proposes to redesign MIE 273/CEE 260, Probability and Statistics for Engineers, to include a semester-long project that allows students to apply theoretical mathematical principles to actual engineering design problems.

Three College of Engineering graduate students were among the Thirteen Students and Alums to Receive Prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships. The College of Engineering students were Selena Y. Cho of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department and Joshua McGee and Lars Howell of the Chemical Engineering Department. The program provides three years of support during a five-year fellowship period.

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Professor Erin Baker — the associate dean of the College of Engineering, director of Wind Energy Fellows, and the faculty director of the Energy Transition Initiative — is currently participating in a threesome of high-profile activities that educate the public, national and international lawmakers, and the engineering and scientific communities about the vast potential of wind energy.

The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department is awarding its 2021 Outstanding Alumni Awards to Robert W. Ivester ’91, ’93MS, ’96PhD and Banafsheh Seyed-Aghazadeh ’15PhD. Ivester will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, while Seyed-Aghazadeh will be presented with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

Thirteen UMass Amherst students and alumni have received awards from the Graduate Research Fellowship Program. These include Selena Y. Cho, mechanical engineering; Joshua McGee, chemical engineering; and Lars Howell, a current graduate student in chemical engineering. Read more

The Center for Teaching and Learning has announced that Assistant Professor Yanfei Xu of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department has been selected as one of the 10 members of the 2021-2022 TIDE Ambassadors (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity, & Equity) Faculty Fellowship cohort.

Professors Erin Baker and Matthew Lackner (MIE) write in The Conversation about the future of offshore wind turbines in the U.S. following the Biden administration’s announced goal to accelerate the review process and provide more funding for projects. 

Senior Research Fellow Anna Goldstein of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department is quoted liberally by writer Cathleen O’Grady in her Science article about efforts by the United Kingdom’s government to replicate the United States’ Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), now known as DARPA because of its specialization in defense-related research.

The College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst continues its climb in the annual U.S. News & World Report listing of “Best Graduate Engineering Schools” placing No. 54 nationally, a rise of two spots.  Among public engineering institutions, the college has entered the top 30, advancing three places to No. 28, and remains the the top public engineering program in New England.

A team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, led by MIE's Jinglei Ping, have developed the thinnest and most sensitive flow sensor, which could have significant implications for medical research and applications, according to new research published recently in Nature Communications.