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During the fall 2012 semester, six companies banded together to support the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Senior Capstone Design Course, the penultimate classroom experience for MIE students taught by Professor Frank Sup. The sponsorships are based on a winning formula for all six companies, the students, and the whole MIE department.

In December, Erin Baker of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department appeared on New England Public Radio (NEPR) to discuss her Offshore Wind Energy Program, an interdisciplinary graduate program in offshore wind energy engineering, environmental science, and policy that is now up and running with 25 faculty members from nine departments working with 13 full-time graduate students.

Physorg.com and other scientific websites have posted articles on Joseph Goldstein of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and his research team, which is trying to produce an iron-nickel alloy that is currently only found in meteorites for use in making supermagnets. The goal of the research is to develop bulk quantities of commercially viable, environmentally sound supermagnets, which can be used in electric vehicles, wind-turbine generators, and many other machines.

Last semester the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department added a powerful new leadership component to its curriculum, the Engineering Leadership, Innovation, Teaching, and Entrepreneurship Program. Simply call it ELITE for short! The ELITE Program equips some of the department’s most promising students with the leadership, entrepreneurial, and communications skills to expand the pool of engineers who become CEOs, founding officers, supervisors, directors, managers, and teachers.

On Thursday, December 6, alumnus Christopher Larkin (’88 M.S.) will speak about “Keeping Patients Safe and Healthy with Advanced Technology” during a special alumni seminar held in the Gunness Student and Conference Center in Marcus Hall on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. Mr. Larkin is the chief technology officer at GE Healthcare, a company with more than 10,000 employees. The seminar will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and is free and open to everyone.

Industrial engineering major Moa Mattsson, a forward on the UMass Amherst women's soccer team, earned CoSIDA Academic All-Region First Team laurels, as announced by the organization recently. Mattsson led the Minutewomen with 29 points on 12 goals and five assists while earning a 3.96 GPA in the classroom. Mattsson has also been recognized by the A-10 Conference for her success on the field and in the classroom this season, earning All-Atlantic 10 First Team and Academic All-Conference awards.

The UMass IGERT Offshore Wind Energy Program, started with a $3.2-million grant from the National Science Foundation in August of 2011, is now spinning at full speed as it generates an interdisciplinary graduate program in offshore wind energy engineering, environmental science, and policy. Some 25 faculty members from nine UMass Amherst departments are currently educating 13 full-time graduate students from five different departments.

Join the College of Engineering faculty, staff and alumni for an in-door pre-game tailgate party at the Putnam Club at Gillette Stadium!

Saturday, November 17, 2012
Putnam Club North East Lounge
1:30 p.m.

Enjoy a festive afternoon of tailgating and reconnecting with old friends before UMass hits the field to play the University of Buffalo Bulls at 3:00 p.m.

This event is free however registration and football game tickets are required to enter the Putnam Club

The link to register and purchase tickets is below.

Rachel Koh, who recently completed her B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Vermont, is the first recipient of the Kenneth A. Lloyd Fellowship, awarded to this highly-qualified incoming doctoral student in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department. Mr. Lloyd graduated from the College of Engineering in 1973, having majored in mechanical engineering, and is currently the vice president and general manager of Electro Switch Corporation in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

Sundar Krishnamurty, the director of the Center for e-Design and a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, leads a multidisciplinary team that received a 2012 National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps, or I-Corps, award. The I-Corps program aims to prepare scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and broadens the impact of select NSF-funded projects. It is one of 100 awards for this year and the first such grant awarded to UMass Amherst.

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