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The New England Clean Energy Council Institute (NECEC Institute) has announced that Black Island Wind Turbines of Springfield, a startup company founded by alumnus Patrick Quinlan ’82 of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, has been awarded $50,000 as part of the institute’s Cleantech Innovations New England 2012 Winner of Winners competition. The award is meant to help clean-technology startups move closer to commercialization.

Ian Grosse, the director of The Intelligent Modeling, Analysis, and Design Laboratory and a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). According to ASME, “The Fellows Grade is the highest elected grade of membership within ASME, the attainment of which recognizes exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession.”

In May of 2012, a team of wind-power specialists from the College of Engineering was awarded a $30,000 grant from the Armstrong Fund for Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, which the engineers are now using to help design, analyze, and optimize a new, multi-rotor, offshore wind turbine. For six years now, the Armstrong Fund has annually issued grants of $30,000 apiece over two years to a pair of teams to encourage transformative research that introduces new ways of thinking about pressing scientific or technical challenges.

The work of Anthony McCaffrey, postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for e-Design in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, was the subject of an article in The Guardian, one of the world’s most respected publications.The Guardian article is about how rethinking labels can boost creativity.

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.

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