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Research Team Attempts to Synthesize Industrial Supermagnets

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.

Smith Wins Best Paper Award in Lithuania

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.

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