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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.

Sam del Pilar has taken the urban tradition and Hispanic heritage he grew up with in the Borough of Queens, New York, and used all that to put his own personal stamp on his mechanical engineering education at UMass Amherst. His hometown culture is the common denominator in all his activities. He was a member of the UMass Boxing Club. He does the social media promotion for TRGGR Radio, a weekly WMUA radio program about hip hop and politics. He has served as the events coordinator, vice president, and treasurer for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.

The campus will receive $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) over five years to help university teams gain practical training on core energy management concepts through DOE's Industrial Assessment Center Program. The Industrial Assessment Center on campus provides energy, waste, and productivity assessments to small and mid-sized manufacturers at no cost by experienced engineering faculty and students.

Mechanical engineering alumnus Walter D. Musial (’80 B.S., ’83 M.S.) is the 2011 recipient of the UMass Amherst Alumni Association’s first Alumni Clean Energy Award (ACE). This award recognizes notable achievement or innovation in the public, business, or professional areas of clean energy or technologies. Musial is a principal engineer and manager of Offshore Wind and Ocean Power Systems at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. “UMass really changed my outlook on engineering,” he said.

Professor Robert Hyers of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS), which has about 11,000 members. He will take office at the TMS Annual Meeting in March of 2012. Hyers has been chosen as the Financial Planning Officer, which is "the keystone” for TMS financial leadership. "It is my duty to represent the membership in ensuring that TMS maintains its good financial health and continues to grow," he said about his election.

Joseph Goldstein, a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and the former dean of the College of Engineering, received one of six Awards for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity being presented to “nationally acclaimed faculty members” at the Seventh Annual Faculty Convocation on September 16.

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