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Vestas Scholars Turn Wind Scholarship into Windfall

Two mechanical engineering students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have literally taken advantage of a windfall from a prominent wind power company and used it to propel their futures. Jacque Heger and Samuel Deptula each received $5,000 scholarships for the 2008-2009 academic year from Vestas Americas, the leading supplier of wind power solutions with over 35,000 wind turbines installed.

Fisher Chosen as New MIE Head

The search committee looking for the new head of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department has chosen MIE Professor Donald Fisher to replace the departing Mario Rotea. “I am delighted to inform you that Professor Donald L. Fisher has accepted the position of Department Head in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, effective July 1, 2009,” announced Dean Mike Malone. “Dr. Fisher has a distinguished record of research, teaching, and service over more than two decades on the faculty at UMass Amherst.”

Wind Energy Center Assessing Site on Mount Lincoln

The UMass Amherst Wind Energy Center's pre-development team has installed anemometry on the WFCR tower on Mount Lincoln in Pelham as part of a state-sponsored project to evaluate the wind resource and see if it’s feasible for UMass to install a wind turbine at that site. Depending on how favorable the resource is, UMass might install a 1.5-2 MW wind turbine that would supplement its new combined heat and power plant, making the campus even greener.

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