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Capstone Projects Act as Proof of Concept for MIE Education

On December 9, seven teams of mechanical engineering students gathered in the second-floor hallway of the ELab Building to present their useful, practical, and inventive projects for the “Senior Capstone Design Project.” The Senior Capstone Design Course, taught by Professor Frank Sup of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, acts as a proof of concept for the MIE curriculum.

Machlin Endowment Helps EWB Help Thousands

A $27,500 endowment created by alumnus Charles “Chuck” Machlin, who graduated in 1982 with an Industrial Engineering and Operations Research degree, has been set up “in perpetuity” to support the worthy international work done by our campus chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB). Machlin’s gifts have previously supported other funding priorities at the College of Engineering, including unrestricted funds to be used at the dean's discretion, and funding for our summer Research Experience for Undergraduates.

MIE Alum Wins $50,000 in MassChallenge

Therapeutic Systems, a company cofounded by Brian Mullen (right) when he was a graduate student in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, has won $50,000 in the MassChallenge award competition. The concept for Therapeutic Systems was a vest developed by Mullen to help calm people with autism. He cofounded the company with fellow UMass Amherst alumnus Chris Leidel (left). Therapeutic Systems was among 26 startups from around the world that split $1 million in awards through the challenge.

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