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It’s not every undergraduate who has the chance to do research that will have a life-altering impact on thousands of people at risk from the side-effects of diabetes. But industrial engineering major Jennifer Badylak-Reals of Plymouth, New Hampshire did.

Professor Joseph Goldstein of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is part of a research team on a fast-track Department of Energy (DOE) program to develop bulk quantities of commercially viable, environmentally sound supermagnets, which can be used in electric vehicles, wind-turbine generators, and many other machines. The researchers are attempting to synthesize and produce the kind of magnetic, iron-nickel, crystal structure that until now has been found only in meteorites, taking billions of years to develop in space.

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Professor James MacGregor Smith of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and his former Ph.D. student, Alexander Stepanov, now a GIS analyst with Campus Planning, won the best paper award in the theory and methodology category at the 25th European Conference on Operational Research, held in Vilnius, Lithuania. EURO presented the first of its annual best paper awards for papers published in the European Journal of Operational Research. Smith and Stepanov’s paper, “Multi-objective evacuation routing in transportation networks,” was published in October 2009.

Frank Sup and colleagues in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department have lined up six sponsors for his Senior Capstone Design Course to support the MIE educational process and provide fascinating design projects for six of the 11 teams in the course. The projects range from optimizing solar arrays to creating a new energy-saving door for large, inflatable, U.S. Army tents.

Hyperion Systems LLC, an Amherst company which designs, manufactures, and markets an innovative (patent pending) photovoltaic system designed to keep farmland in production while generating solar energy, will continue its history of collaboration with UMass Amherst by sponsoring teams of students in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department for their senior design capstone projects.

Ninety-two participants representing 22 universities, eight commercial companies, and four government laboratories throughout North America gathered at UMass Amherst from August 7 to 9 for the inaugural meeting of the North American Wind Energy Academy (NAWEA). The newly formulated academy connects research institutions, universities, and industry.

Sandy (Alexander) Pollatsek, co-director of the Arbella Insurance Human Performance Lab, was one of two researchers in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department covered within a month by the prestigious and venerable Scientific American. As the article notes, “Pollatsek has been working with colleagues in the university's engineering school to systematically analyze the behavior of older drivers—including their visual scanning of the roads—and his evidence challenges the presumed connection between crashes and these well-known deficits.

Sandra Gross, Administrative Assistant for the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and Pamela Rivest, Administrative Assistant for the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, have been chosen as the 2012 winners of the Dean’s Service Award.

The work of Anthony McCaffrey, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for e-Design (http://edesign.ecs.umass.edu) in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, is highlighted in a Scientific American story about how rethinking labels can boost creativity. He says thinking about common items in terms of their component parts and decoupling their names from their uses opens up new ways of thinking and solving problems.

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