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James F. Manwell, director of the UMass Wind Energy Center and a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, was the primary author of a critical section of a wind-energy article published in the journal Science. The article is entitled "Grand challenges in the science of wind energy." The process that led to this article also generated the theme – the Grand Vision for Wind Energy – of a formative conference, which will take place at UMass Amherst from October 14 to 16.

An interdepartmental team from the College of Engineering will work together to push the oxygenic photogranule (OPG) process, a UMass lab-born and patented technology, toward commercialization to address the world’s needs for effective and sustainable wastewater treatment. A new $550,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, titled “PFI-RP: Developing Light-Controlled Mixing to Advance Energy Efficient Wastewater Treatment by Oxygenic Photogranules,” will support the team’s research, outreach activities, and student researchers’ entrepreneurship development.

Professor Yossi Chait of the Mechanical an Industrial Engineering Department was one of the two co-chairs for the "Fostering Innovation in Fluid Management" working group, a project formed by the Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) to produce a supplement to the KHI’s Technology Roadmap for Innovative Approaches to Renal Replacement Therapy. Chait’s supplement and the accompanying report are aimed at spurring innovation in fluid management devices and techniques that will improve the quality of life of people with kidney failure.

Krish Thiagarajan Sharman, the Endowed Chair in Renewable Energy and a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, will be working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on a one-year, $211,386 grant supported by the Department of Energy (DOE) to create variable geometry wave energy converters. Such devices “can provide a paradigm shift in the offshore renewable community that will push the industry towards commercialization of electricity generation from ocean waves,” as Sharman and his colleagues say.

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September 18, 2019

Yossi Chait, mechanical and industrial engineering, was co-chair of a working group formed by the Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) to produce a supplement to the KHI’s “Technology Roadmap for Innovative Approaches to Renal Replacement Therapy.” Chait’s supplement and the accompanying report are aimed at spurring innovation in fluid management devices and techniques that will improve the quality of life of people with kidney failure.

A team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a four-year, $1.75-million NSF Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) award to study and construct a new class of soft and stretchable electronic devices that can be used in future healthcare, security, and communications applications. 


 

In August New England Public Radio (NEPR) posted a long article on the often misunderstood “zipper merge” in traffic. NEPR interviewed a number of experts, including two College of Engineering faculty members: Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Professor Michael Knodler, director of MassSafe; and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department Associate Professor Ana Muriel, who is also the associate department head.

Four very gifted new faculty members will begin serving in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department in September of 2019. Woodrow W. Winchester III will become MIE’s new director of engineering management, and Jim Lagrant will settle in as the department’s new professor of practice in manufacturing. In addition, the MIE department will welcome Associate Professor Golbon Zakeri and Assistant Professor Meghan Huber.

Assistant Professor Tingyi “Leo” Liu of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department is part of a team of researchers from UMass Amherst and UCLA who have developed a more cost-efficient and dependable method of manipulating small droplets on a hydrophilic surface. According to the researchers, the new method is “promising a simple and reliable microfluid platform for a broad range of applications” that could go far beyond current functions related to liquid lenses and diagnostics kits.

Xian Du of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department has received a two-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant of $498,764 to support his research into a novel sensing and control technology for a roll-to-roll printing process.

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