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McCaffrey Attracts National Coverage for Problem-solving Method

Anthony McCaffrey, postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for e-Design in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, is getting widespread national coverage for the method he has developed to enhance anyone’s problem-solving skills, especially engineers, inventors, and other innovators. McCaffrey believes his Obscure Features Hypothesis (OFH) has led to the first systematic, step-by-step approach to innovation-enhancing techniques for overcoming a wide range of cognitive obstacles to invention.

Park and Marquard Earn Fellowships from Provost

Assistant Professor My-Hyun Park of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and Assistant Professor Jenna Marquard of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department have both received Team-based Learning Fellowships from the Provost’s Office. On behalf of the Provost’s Office, the Center for Teaching & Faculty Development (CTFD) has developed a unique Team-based Learning Initiative to explore team teaching and learning strategies in technologically-rich classroom environments.

A Shop Where Students Conceive, Design, and Prototype the Future

The MIE department is working energetically to upgrade its outdated machine shop and turn it into a highly accessible learning environment. The new high-profile Innovation Shop will be outfitted with an inventory of state-of-the-art machine tools, instruments, and computers to support inventive mechanical engineering projects, including all related design, modeling, manufacturing, and testing activities. The Innovation Shop will feature areas for classroom instruction, team meetings, computer-aided design, fabrication, and assembly.

Rinderle Chosen as COE Outstanding Teacher

Associate Professor James Rinderle of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department has been chosen as the 2011-2012 College of Engineering Outstanding Teacher. Professor Rinderle, who earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has served as the MIE department’s Undergraduate Program Director since 2001, its Department Honors Coordinator since 2001, the Associate Department Head for the last four years, and a member of the Commonwealth College Curriculum Committee for five years.

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