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The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department is awarding its 2021 Outstanding Alumni Awards to Robert W. Ivester ’91, ’93MS, ’96PhD and Banafsheh Seyed-Aghazadeh ’15PhD. Ivester will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, while Seyed-Aghazadeh will be presented with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

Thirteen UMass Amherst students and alumni have received awards from the Graduate Research Fellowship Program. These include Selena Y. Cho, mechanical engineering; Joshua McGee, chemical engineering; and Lars Howell, a current graduate student in chemical engineering. Read more

The Center for Teaching and Learning has announced that Assistant Professor Yanfei Xu of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department has been selected as one of the 10 members of the 2021-2022 TIDE Ambassadors (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity, & Equity) Faculty Fellowship cohort.

Professors Erin Baker and Matthew Lackner (MIE) write in The Conversation about the future of offshore wind turbines in the U.S. following the Biden administration’s announced goal to accelerate the review process and provide more funding for projects. 

Senior Research Fellow Anna Goldstein of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department is quoted liberally by writer Cathleen O’Grady in her Science article about efforts by the United Kingdom’s government to replicate the United States’ Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), now known as DARPA because of its specialization in defense-related research.

The College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst continues its climb in the annual U.S. News & World Report listing of “Best Graduate Engineering Schools” placing No. 54 nationally, a rise of two spots.  Among public engineering institutions, the college has entered the top 30, advancing three places to No. 28, and remains the the top public engineering program in New England.

A team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, led by MIE's Jinglei Ping, have developed the thinnest and most sensitive flow sensor, which could have significant implications for medical research and applications, according to new research published recently in Nature Communications.

Jaydeep Radadiya, an undergraduate in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, was one of two College of Engineering undergraduate students chosen to be “Rising Researchers,” as designated by the UMass website Research Next. The award recognizes exceptional accomplishments of UMass Amherst undergraduate students who excel in research, scholarship, and creative activity. The other Rising Researcher from engineering was Chemical Engineering major Joshua McGee, covered in a separate article.

rStream Recycling, a startup company co-founded by undergrads Ian Goodine and Ethan Walko of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, is one of the five projects selected to compete in the $60,000 Innovation Challenge Final on April 7.

A robotic fish, designed and built in the Fluid-Structure Interactions Lab of Mechanical Engineering Professor Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi and modeled after the Northern Pike, mimics the fast-start response of the fastest live fish measured so far, accelerating at values of up to 20g. No other robotic fish has achieved such acceleration.

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