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MIE Alumnus Is Member of Million-Dollar Team That Wins International “Robots for Good” Competition

Exoskeleton Team

Exoskeleton Team

UMass alumnus Mike McKinley, a graduate of our Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, was part of a research team from the University of California at Berkeley and suitX (a California-based robotics company designing and manufacturing medical and industrial exoskeletons) which won the $1-million prize at the international “Robots for Good” competition in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Teaching Writing Through Sustainability

Molly Lehman

Molly Lehman

Here’s a topical course that teaches engineering students how to write properly by tapping into their passion for environmental causes and professional development.

College of Engineering Lecturer Molly Lehman, who teaches ENGIN 351: Writing in Engineering as part of the college’s Junior Year Writing Program, is using a $1,000 Faculty Fellowship from the UMass Sustainability Curriculum Initiative to integrate concepts and content related to sustainability practices into her syllabus.

Nagarajan Wins Oral Presentation Award at American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting

Aditya Nagarajan


Aditya Nagarajan, a graduate student in our Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, won a Second Place Oral Presentation award at the 14th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its application to the Environmental Sciences, which was part of the American Meteorological Society's 96th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, in January. Nagarajan’s award-wining presentation was about his research “On Learning Patterns Between GPS Derived Precipitable Water Fields and Radar Reflectivity Fields.” Listen to the Recorded Presentation.

Retrofit Seat Belts for Buses Are Going Places Fast

Sundar Krishnamurty


Professor Sundar Krishnamurty and Dr. Doug Eddy from the Center for e-Design at the College of Engineering have designed a Retrofit Seat Belt System that makes it possible to install the safety devices on an estimated 30,000 motor coaches and intercity buses nationwide that currently don’t have them. The seat belts can provide snug protection for bus travelers everywhere, but the retrofits are getting plenty of free play in the media following a recent News Office release. Feature articles quickly appeared in the Greenfield Recorder, the Springfield Republican, MassLive, and on the website of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).


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