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On December 11, MIE students in Professor David McLaughlin’s Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering course gathered in a large circle in the Student Union Ballroom, laughing, shouting, and cheering as dozens of their scale-model smart cars darted across the floor in an exercise of vehicle avoidance. The occasion was the class’s annual end-of-the-semester Smart Car Extravaganza.

CEE Alum Graduates from USFWS Pathways Internship into USGS Job

Kevin Mulligan

Kevin Mulligan

According to Professor Brett Towler of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, CEE graduate alumnus Kevin Mulligan recently completed his Pathways Internship Program with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and has accepted a professional position with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Towler is Mulligan’s adviser, an adjunct professor in CEE, a USFWS hydraulic engineer, and, along with Dr. Alex Haro (USGS) and CEE Professor David Ahlfeld, one of the creators of the Fish Passage community at UMass Amherst.

New ChE Department Head Receives Major AICHE Award

John Klier

John Klier

John Klier, the new head of our Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department, received an “Industrial Research and Development Award” at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) annual meeting, held from November 8 to13 in Salt Lake City. This award recognizes individuals or teams working in the industries served by chemical engineers for innovation that has resulted in the successful commercial development of new products and/or new processes for making useful products.

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