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An inaugural Ventus Award to honor excellence in offshore wind has been named for William Heronemus, the late engineering professor at UMass Amherst who is considered the "father of modern wind power."

The committee will examine current educational practices and make recommendations for integrating advanced manufacturing teaching and technologies into undergraduate engineering programs.


Apoorva Hungund, a doctoral student in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, has received the annual $20,000 H. Clay Gabler Scholar’s Award from the Association for Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM).


“Energy Justice: Who Gets Listened to?” was the topic of a powerful TEDx talk by Erin Baker, a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and faculty director of the Energy Transition Initiative.

Assistant Professor Xian Du has obtained an $810,000 grant from the Aramco Services Company (ASC) to support the development of a novel sensing technology for strain-condition monitoring of critical oil-pump equipment. 


During the spring semester of 2021, Govind Srimathveeravalli, an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and an adjunct professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department, and his first-year doctoral student Mary Sheehan organized, designed, and delivered a short course to expose students of the Springfield Conservatory of the Arts to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). 

Krish Thiagarajan Sharman, a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and the Endowed Chair in Renewable Energy, is one of the principal facilitators for a groundbreaking partnership between the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) in India.

Four students from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department won cash prizes in MIE’s fifth annual Graduate Gallery Competition, moderated by the MIE Graduate Program. The prize winners were Peter DiMeo, Umang Patel, Kashyap Sundara Rajan, and Gina Georgadarellis. Each will receive a $100 cash card from MIE Department Head Sundar Krishnamurty.

The College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been ranked in a seven-way tie for No. 56 overall and No. 30 among public engineering programs (five-way tie) in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 rankings. The college also retains its status as the No. 1 public engineering program in New England.

Professor Ian R. Grosse (MIE) is retiring after more than 30 years of productive service to UMass Amherst. Among many other honors, Grosse is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).  Most recently, he has served as associate head of biomedical engineering focused on ABET accreditation preparations for this new program.