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Six teams containing engineering students or faculty members scored prize money in the recent Executive Summary & Elevator Pitch phase of the University of Massachusetts Innovation Challenge, which handed out $10,000 to promising teams of aspiring entrepreneurs. Innovation Challenge competitors are interdisciplinary teams developing marketable business concepts while working in consultation with faculty members and external advisors. SMASH, based on a new software technique to reduce the energy consumption of battery-powered devices, nailed one of the four top prizes of $1,750 apiece.

On December 9, seven teams of mechanical engineering students gathered in the second-floor hallway of the ELab Building to present their useful, practical, and inventive projects for the “Senior Capstone Design Project.” The Senior Capstone Design Course, taught by Professor Frank Sup of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, acts as a proof of concept for the MIE curriculum.

Imagine being a summer intern and being thrust into the cleanup planning for one of the three most famous nuclear events in history. That’s what happened last summer, when senior mechanical engineering major Richard Lau was doing an internship for The Shaw Group office in Stoughton, Massachusetts, and suddenly found himself on a team working on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.

A $27,500 endowment created by alumnus Charles “Chuck” Machlin, who graduated in 1982 with an Industrial Engineering and Operations Research degree, has been set up “in perpetuity” to support the worthy international work done by our campus chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB). Machlin’s gifts have previously supported other funding priorities at the College of Engineering, including unrestricted funds to be used at the dean's discretion, and funding for our summer Research Experience for Undergraduates.

Therapeutic Systems, a company cofounded by Brian Mullen (right) when he was a graduate student in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, has won $50,000 in the MassChallenge award competition. The concept for Therapeutic Systems was a vest developed by Mullen to help calm people with autism. He cofounded the company with fellow UMass Amherst alumnus Chris Leidel (left). Therapeutic Systems was among 26 startups from around the world that split $1 million in awards through the challenge.

Last semester, 17 enterprising students from all four departments in the College of Engineering took advantage of the UMass Amherst Study Abroad Program to take courses in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, Israel, Australia, China, and the United Arab Emirates. Among these international students were civil engineering major Megan Rodgers and mechanical engineering major Igor Galis (pictured). Ask all these engineering students why they chose to study overseas and you’ll probably get 17 different answers.

On Thursday, October 20, Dr. Edwin L. “Ned” Thomas ’69, The William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering in the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University, delivered the 12th annual Tang Lecture on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. The title of his lecture was “The Role of Design-Build Competitions in Enhancing Leadership Skills in Engineering Students.” The Tang Lecture was delivered in the Cape Cod Lounge of the Student Union Building. Dr. Thomas, a Massachusetts native, received his B.S.

On September 28, iControl Networks, a leader in broadband home management, announced the appointment of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department alumnus Robert (Bob) Hagerty as the company's new CEO. As CEO, Hagerty will focus on product execution with iControl's existing customer and partner networks, as well as growing the company through new market and partnership opportunities. Hagerty will replace co-CEOs Jim Johnson and Paul Dawes, both of whom will remain with iControl in leadership positions.

Graduate students Shuang Li of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and Jean Cody from the School of Nursing have been named the 2011-2012 Hluchyj Fellows at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Hluchyj Graduate Fellowship was started by Dr. Michael Hluchyj, a 1979 alumnus of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and his wife, Theresa “Terry” Hluchyj, a 1977 alumna from the School of Nursing.

In the September 23 issue of Science, considered by many to be the leading scientific journal in the world, the editors highlighted an article co-authored by, among others, David Schmidt of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and Paul Dauenhauer of the Chemical Engineering Department. The Science editors cited an article entitled “Aerosol generation by reactive boiling ejection of molten cellulose,” first published in the September 6 web version of Energy Environmental Science. Besides Schmidt and Dauenhauer, the other researchers were Andrew R.

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