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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.

Industrial Assessment Center Receives $1.3 Million from DOE

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.

MIE Alum Wins Clean Energy Award

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.

Hyers Elected to Board of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society

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.

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