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Matthew A. Lackner, a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and associate director of the UMass Amherst Wind Energy Center, authored an article about floating wind farms in the July 20 edition of Offshore Engineer titled, “California is Planning Floating Wind Farms to Boost its Power Supply – Here’s How They Work.”

The Board of Governors of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has made Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department Alumnus Marshall Jones an honorary member. Jones is a General Electric (GE) engineer who holds more than 65 U.S. patents and is recognized as one of the foremost authorities in the field of laser material processing. ASME selected Jones for his “pioneering use of high-powered lasers for industrial materials processing; and for contributions to STEM education, including lifelong mentoring of young people, particularly underrepresented minorities.”

Anuj K. Pradhan, an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and co-director of the Human Performance Laboratory, will be receiving the Elaine Wodzin Young Achiever Award from the Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM). 

Govind Srimathveeravalli, an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department and an adjunct professor in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has received a $1,366,330 grant over four years from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to pursue a revolutionary technique for tissue-engineering grafts for bladder reconstruction.

Assistant Professor Anuj K. Pradhan of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department was one of 10 experts from universities around the country featured in WalletHub's recent piece about the “Best States for Teen Drivers.”

Marlise van Tonder, who graduated from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department in May, has qualified to go to the Tokyo Olympics as a reserve on the South African field hockey team, as announced by the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee. As she wrote to MIE Department Head Sundar Krishnamurty, “I appreciate the support UMass has given me during the buildup towards the Games.” She will be traveling to Tokyo with the team and staying with Team South Africa in the Olympic Village.

Jose Lemus, a senior mechanical engineering student in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, was highlighted as a “Key Collaborator” in the May issue of the PTC Digital Transformation Technologies Newsletter. As the newsletter said about Lemus, “This semester, he worked in an independent study to understand product integration and industrial automation using Vuforia Studio [Augmented Reality] by simulating the Pilot Process Machine. The machine automatically dispenses the desired color and quantity of Skittles for users.”

Assistant Professor Shannon Roberts of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department was lead author for a chapter on “Automation, Work, and Racial Equity: How Human Systems Engineering Can Shape the Future of Work” in an edited volume that has been recognized as the winner of the "Outstanding Academic Title" by the Choice organization.

In their recent article in The Conversation, Professors Erin Baker and Matthew Lackner of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department wrote that the U.S. government’s approval of the country’s first big offshore wind farm, to be located near Martha’s Vineyard, is a breakthrough for the industry. Baker and Lackner are both faculty with the Wind Energy Center at UMass Amherst.

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the College of Engineering and the College of Information and Computer Sciences has received a $5,000 2021 UMass Amherst ADVANCE Mutual Mentoring grant to help lay the groundwork for a collaborative center of excellence in robotics.

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