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On April 27, Kathleen DeVito and Maureen Huffam represented the Conservation Services Group (CSG) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to award the 2010-2011 CSG Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Scholarship to recipient Colin Roderick, a graduate student from Connecticut in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department. An earlier version of the UMass scholarship was created to commemorate CSG’s 25th anniversary and give back to the community.

Fourth year industrial engineering major Alex Barth had a memorable research internship “across the pond” last summer; an experience that goes far beyond his accomplishment of writing a paper that he’ll present at the International Conference of Engineering Design 2011 in Copenhagen, Denmark, next August. He also learned the lesson of a lifetime. “What made the biggest impact on my life?” Alex comments about his time in Europe.

On Wednesday, April 27, supporters of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Supermileage Team – Team ZoomMass for short – gathered at Western New England College (WNEC) in Springfield for a demonstration, rally, presentation, and celebration. The star attraction was an eight-and-a-half-foot-long, 100-pound, teardrop-shaped, neon-green vehicle designed to get as much as 1,500 miles per gallon of gas at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) national supermileage competition in Marshall, Michigan, in early June.

Prof. Hari Balasubramanian's long essay on primary care in the US and Cuba is now available on OR/MS Today.This article is based on his visit last June to Havana and interaction with some clinics and clinicians there. In particular he uses a photograph of a  neighborhood health status wall board in a family clinic that you may find interesting.

On April 7, four College of Engineering students donated their time, energy, and knowledge to the so-called “Carnival of Learning” by teaching about 55 youngsters from the John Duggan Middle School in Springfield the importance of education beyond high school. The college students, who belong to the campus chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, gave the kids a crash course in engineering by demonstrating how to extract DNA from strawberries and showing them how to build a better “mousetrap car,” solely powered by one standard-sized mousetrap.

Students from the College of Engineering have won four William F. Field Alumni Field Scholarships and two Senior Leadership Awards from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni Association. The awardees represent all four departments at the college. Our Field Scholars are: Daniel Abrams, civil engineering; Zachary Brentzel, chemical engineering; To Chong, computer engineering; and Carlo Domaoan, mechanical engineering. Caitlin Bogdan, mechanical engineering and classics, and Xiaoliang Yao, industrial engineering and operations management, won Senior Leadership Awards

Calling all MIE STUDENTS
COME HEAR Alumnus
 
CARL CHRISTENSON
B.S.M.E. 1982 & M.S.M.E. 1984
President and CEO
Altra Industrial Motion
Talk about creating opportunities with your engineering degree!
 
Wednesday, April 20th at Noon
Exploratorium – 203 - ELAB

 
Pizza and soda will
Be served
 

AMHERST, Mass. - Registration is open for the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s newest online wind energy course, "Engineering Wind Power Systems," developed by professors James Manwell and Jon McGowan, authors of the canonical engineering textbook Wind Energy Explained: Theory, Design and Application.

The graduate level wind course draws on their experiences as wind energy pioneers to provide students with a unique perspective on both proven and state of the art technologies, as well as fundamental principles.

Mechanical engineering sophomore Greg Margolis, the president of a new student organization called Let’s Go Design, was an engineer both by nature and nurture. His father was an engineer, so the genes are all in the family. And by the time Greg was a three-year-old wunderkind in San Antonio, Texas, he was busy taking apart his bathroom. It’s not too surprising, then, that by the time he reached the College of Engineering, he was itching to do some hands-on engineering.

When a pike is attacked, the fish escapes by performing a lightning-fast jackknife, which generates a remarkable 25 Gs of acceleration for a tenth of a second – more than three times the acceleration of an Apollo launch and faster than any manmade vehicle. In order to study this amazing reflex action, senior mechanical engineering student Chengcheng “Charlie” Feng used his summer research in the Research Experience for Undergraduates program to build a robotic fish, which can accurately mimic the escape mechanism of a pike.

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