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The College of Engineering is delighted to announce our newly-tenured and/or promoted faculty members, as voted by the UMass Board of Trustees on August 2, 2019. 

The 10th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design (also known as the Driving Assessment Conference) has announced that Ganesh Pai Mangalore of our Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department (MIE) has been awarded a 2019 Honda Outstanding Student Paper Award honorable mention.

The European Academy of Wind Energy (EAWE) has presented the 2019 EAWE Scientific Award to Professor James F. Manwell, a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and the director of the UMass Wind Energy Center. The award was handed over during the conference banquet of the Wind Energy Science Conference in Cork, Ireland, on June 19.

The 2019 Minuteman Supermileage Team took fifth place out of 30 international teams in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) annual Supermileage® Competition, held on June 6 and 7 in Marshall, Michigan, at the Eaton Corporation Marshall Proving Grounds. The UMass team from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department also won the competition’s Best Design Execution Award.

Six innovative projects, created by seniors in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department for their Senior Design Project course, won various prizes during the Capstone Design Competition at the end of the spring semester. The two-semester course is considered the “culminating experience” of the MIE education. During the event, four years of hard work, study, and sweat equity converged into a perfect storm of timing, knowledge, execution, and peak performance.

Doctoral student Prashant Meckoni of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department won first place in the Best Student Paper competition during the Health Systems Track at the Institute of Industrial & Systems EngineersIISE Annual Conference. Meckoni’s winning paper was titled “Appointment Scheduling in Primary Care with Recurring Visits,” and his faculty advisor is MIE Professor Hari Balasubramanian.

James F. Manwell, a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department and the director of the UMass Wind Energy Center, is a member of the United Nations Wind Energy Sub-group of the Expert Group on Resource Management (EGRM), which recently drafted a key UN document to apply standard international specifications to wind energy resources everywhere.

Assistant Professor Xian Du of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department is one of 12 winners in the 2019-20 TIDE Ambassadors (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity, and Equity) faculty fellowship awards, as chosen by the UMass Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development.

On March 26, the newest faculty member in our Mechanical Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, Dr. Woodrow W. Winchester III, lectured at Gonzaga University on “Afrofuturism as a Design Lens for Inclusive Technological Innovation” during the Gonzaga Student Body Association’s Intersectionality Week. A press release issued by Gonzaga reported that Winchester talked about how to address racial biases in the design and engineering of technological products and systems such as soap dispensers that only recognize pale hands, facial recognition sensors that can’t see dark faces, or health-tech gadgets that won’t sense a pulse through black skin.

Four outstanding College of Engineering undergraduates from two different departments are being honored with assorted awards at Commencement on May 10 and the College of Engineering Senior Recognition Celebration on May 11. Awardees from our college include three 21st Century Leaders and one Welch Scholar. The college also has one junior designated for the prestigious Goldwater Scholar.

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