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For COE Students Eighty Percent of Success Is Showing up at the New Experiential Learning Center

Ashley Kaiser

Woody Allen famously said that “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” If students in the College of Engineering want to take advantage of this basic premise from “Life 101,” then their first step toward success is to show up at the brand new Experiential Learning Center in Marston Hall 112 and check out the myriad ways for jumpstarting their careers.

What exactly is “experiential learning” anyway? In short, it means learning from hands-on, first-hand experience. That’s what the Experiential Learning Center is all about.      

CEE Researchers Developing New Mooring System for Floating Offshore Wind Turbines

North American Windpower reports that a team of researchers that includes Sanjay Arwade and Don DeGroot from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at UMass Amherst is developing a new mooring system for floating offshore wind turbines which uses an integrated network of anchors and lines to hold dozens or even hundreds of turbines in place for ocean-based, industrial-scale, offshore, wind farms. See News Office release.

CEE Alumna Graduates from National Guard to Old Guard Charged with Renovating Historic Landmark

Melissa Trombley

Melissa Trombley

Melissa Trombley, a graduate of our Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department in 2013, is a member of the team that is currently renovating the Old Chapel, the historic symbol of the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. Trombley is a project engineer with contractor Barr & Barr, the company charged with refurbishing the historic landmark and reincarnating it into a new life as the iconic center of the campus.     

Baker and Schmidt Divide Students into Teams To Conquer the Work in Large Introductory Course

Erin Baker

Erin Baker

Professors Erin Baker and David Schmidt of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department adapted a variation on the theme of “divide and conquer” to make their introductory engineering course much more user-friendly for the 192 students taking the very large class in the fall of 2015. They used UMass Enhancement Funds to divide much of the coursework for “Engin 113 Introduction to Mechanical and Industrial Engineering” into a “team-based learning” (TBL) approach to make it much easier for their students to “conquer” their work. TBL is the use of learning teams to enhance student engagement and the quality of student learning.

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