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Ganesh Pai Mangalore, a Ph.D. student in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, has been awarded a $32,500 Link Foundation Fellowship in Modeling, Simulation, and Training. Pai Mangalore, who is a member of the research group headed by Assistant Professor Anuj K. Pradhan, will be studying how to conceptualize, develop, and evaluate a training program to help drivers realize the finer points of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), whose safety benefits are largely negated when utilized by uninformed users.

Assistant Professor Shannon Roberts of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department has received a UMass ADVANCE Faculty Fellow position for the 2021-2022 academic year. Advance Fellows partner with the UMass ADVANCE leadership team to promote gender equity for faculty at UMass. The UMass ADVANCE program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in order to generate gender and racial equality for faculty in science and engineering.

Xian Du and Meghan Huber of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department have been selected to be Panel Fellows in the 2021 cohort of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation’s (CMMI) Game Changer Academies for Advancing Research Innovation (CGCA).

Paul Hirsh, a student in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department who is working as a laboratory intern, has won a Scanlon Student Employee of the Year Award. Hirsh will also be returning to the MIE department in the fall of 2021 as a graduate student. As a Scanlon recipient this year, Hirsh will receive a monetary award of $500 and a certificate documenting his meritorious service to the university.

Assistant Professor Shannon Roberts of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department is one of eight campus faculty members chosen by the UMass Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) as recipients of 2021-22 Lilly Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. Through her Lilly Fellowship, Roberts proposes to redesign MIE 273/CEE 260, Probability and Statistics for Engineers, to include a semester-long project that allows students to apply theoretical mathematical principles to actual engineering design problems.

Three College of Engineering graduate students were among the Thirteen Students and Alums to Receive Prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships. The College of Engineering students were Selena Y. Cho of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department and Joshua McGee and Lars Howell of the Chemical Engineering Department. The program provides three years of support during a five-year fellowship period.

Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Professor Erin Baker — the associate dean of the College of Engineering, director of Wind Energy Fellows, and the faculty director of the Energy Transition Initiative — is currently participating in a threesome of high-profile activities that educate the public, national and international lawmakers, and the engineering and scientific communities about the vast potential of wind energy.

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.

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