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MIE Department Trips the Light Fantastic at Mullins Center

On Friday, April 13, the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department hosted its first Ice Skating Social from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Mullins Center skating rink. The event was the brainchild of Professors Ian Grosse and Matt Lackner. More than 100 students, staff, and faculty members attended the event and skated their hearts out. One faculty member summed it up nicely: "Matt and Ian – that was so much fun!

Former MIE Professor Al Russell Passes Away

Former Mechanical Engineering Professor George Albert (Al) Russell of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, who taught in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department for 34 years after earning his doctorate in 1968, died April 11 following a brief illness. Professor Russell was born in Steger, Illinois, on August 29, 1936. During his years at UMass Amherst, he was also a consultant for the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Defense, Digital Equipment Corporation, and other agencies and organizations.

Three Chosen for COE Outstanding Faculty Awards

The College of Engineering has chosen Professor Sandip Kundu of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department to receive its 2012 Outstanding Senior Faculty Award and Assistant Professor Jenna Marquard of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department to receive its 2012 Barbara H. and Joseph I. Goldstein Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. Associate Professor James Rinderle of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department was previously selected to receive the 2012 Outstanding Teaching Award.

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