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Fisher Interviewed on WFCR About Texting While Driving

Donald Fisher, head of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, director of the Human Performance Laboratory, and expert on distracted driving, was interviewed on January 13 by WFCR public radio about the dangers of texting while driving. “Drivers of all ages are 17 to 20 percent more at risk when they’re texting than when they’re not texting,” explained Professor Fisher. “And that increased risk comes because they glance down longer than two seconds.” Dr.

Ramasubramaniam Wins Young Leader Award

Assistant Professor Ashwin Ramasubramaniam of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department has been chosen by the Minerals, Metals, & Materials Society (TMS) as one of two recipients for the 2012 TMS EMPMD Young Leader Professional Development Award. His nomination was recently approved by the TMS Electronic, Magnetic, & Photonic Materials Division Award Committee.

Sneakers 4 Success Inspires City Kids to Aim High

A feature story in the January 3 Springfield Republican looked at the Sneakers 4 Success program started by mechanical engineering undergrad Samuel Del Pilar at the Renaissance School in Springfield to teach urban children about real-world business through what he calls “sneaker culture.” Del Pilar developed Sneakers 4 Success as an educational program that teaches city students real-life marketing, design, and business skills through their affinity for basketball sneakers.

Engineering Teams Rise to Challenge in Elevator Pitch

Six teams containing engineering students or faculty members scored prize money in the recent Executive Summary & Elevator Pitch phase of the University of Massachusetts Innovation Challenge, which handed out $10,000 to promising teams of aspiring entrepreneurs. Innovation Challenge competitors are interdisciplinary teams developing marketable business concepts while working in consultation with faculty members and external advisors. SMASH, based on a new software technique to reduce the energy consumption of battery-powered devices, nailed one of the four top prizes of $1,750 apiece.

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