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Ten College of Engineering students from the summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) will be participating in a joint poster session with the Institute for Cellular Engineering and the Collaborative Undergraduate Research in Engineering REU programs on Friday, July 27. The sophisticated research being carried out by our REU students ranges from preventing carcinogens in drinking water, to studying fluid dynamics in space, to creating a sturdy rotating base for CASA’s revolutionary phased array radar.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for e-Design in the College of Engineering announced that it has received an in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software, a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, with a commercial value of nearly $2.3 million.

The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department is celebrating doctoral candidate Lakshmi Ramanujam, whose faculty advisor is Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi, as the 500th person to sign up for MIE’s LinkedIn page. Ramanujam earned his Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from SASTRA University in Thanjavur, India. He is doing his graduate research on wind-induced oscillations of open-grown excurrent evergreen trees. In addition to his heavy workload as a doctoral student, he also follows several blogs on science and research.

UMass Amherst alumni Charles and Karen Peters of Weston, Massachusetts have pledged $100,000 over four years, to be divided evenly between the university’s College of Engineering and the Isenberg School of Management. The gift is officially named the “Charles and Karen Peters ’87 Engineering and Management Student Support Fund.” In the College of Engineering, this gift will support the Career Planning and Student Development Center and the Diversity Programs Office, enabling both programs to provide workshops, networking, and experiential learning for undergraduate engineering students.

On June 7 and 8, the streamlined, three-wheel car built by the UMass Amherst Supermileage Vehicle (SMV) Team, which calls itself Zoom Mass, rolled smoothly through the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Supermileage® competition in Marshall, Michigan with a car shell made of shrink wrap and an emergency engine getting a tightfisted 843 mpg and running mainly on true grit, improvisation, and elbow grease.

Patrick Quinlan, a 1982 graduate of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department and a former associate director for the UMass Wind Energy Center, now makes his living establishing sustainable start-up energy companies in Massachusetts. He is the founder of Celadon Innovation, providing consulting services and renewable energy technology development that directly improves the lives of individuals, families, farms, and communities.

Altra Industrial Motion, whose CEO Carl Christenson is an alumnus and avid supporter of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, was recently named as the Boston Globe’s number 3 company in its “Top 100” list and its number one industrial company.

The UMass Amherst Supermileage (SMV) Team finished in fifth place at the Society of Automotive Engineers Supermileage® competition, held on June 7 and 8 at the Eaton Corporation Proving Grounds in Marshall, Michigan. The UMass team’s streamlined, three-wheel car finished the course with a whopping 843 miles per gallon! “As usual, we ran into a number of technical difficulties, which included killing an engine, two batteries, and a starter motor, but we persevered,” says SMV faculty advisor Jonathan Rothstein of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department.

Thomas J. Laramee, who received his B.S. (1994) in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics and his M.S. (1997) in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) from UMass Amherst, has created the Al Russell Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of Dr. George Albert (Al) Russell, who passed away in April after a brief illness. Dr. Russell taught in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department for 34 years after earning his doctorate in 1968. Mr. Laramee currently serves as Principal Engineer of Zulily, Inc., a successful Internet startup in Seattle. Mr.

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