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A bus accident in India more than 25 years ago has inspired the U.S. patent of a groundbreaking retrofit seatbelt for buses and motor coaches that could save many lives and serious injuries. 


Jahinaya Parker '22, an undergraduate in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, was one of two College of Engineering undergraduate students chosen as “Rising Researchers,” for the spring of 2022.


Carl Christenson ’82, ’84 MS and Thomas Sebastian ’12 PhD have been chosen by the UMass Amherst Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department as the recipients of the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award and the 2022 Outstanding Young Alumni Award, respectively.

Associate Professor Chaitra Gopalappa of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department has been approved for the prestigious position of “guest researcher” at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


The startup Sequeschar, led by six mechanical engineering students, will compete on April 13 in the Innovation Challenge finals, where they can receive up to $65,000 in equity-free funding. 


Professor Michael Knodler of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department and Assistant Professor Yubing Sun of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department have been named as outstanding faculty members in the College of Engineering for 2022.


Sarah Widrow, a senior industrial engineering major, recently received a prestigious $5,000 WTS (Women in Transportation Society) Foundation scholarship from the WTS-Boston chapter.


Assistant Professor Juan Jiménez (MIE) has been awarded $147,849 by Stryker Neurovascular to study how different properties of stents play a role in healing after stents are used clinically to treat intracranial atherosclerotic lesions. 


College of Engineering researchers Jinglei Ping, mechanical and industrial engineering, and Jun Yao, electrical and computer engineering, have received National Institutes of Health (NIH) Trailblazer R21 Awards to pursue their promising emerging research.

Assistant Professor Yubing Sun of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and Assistant Professor ChangHui Pak of the of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology co-edited the newest special issue of the Journal of Molecular Biology.