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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.

Sundar Krishnamurty – a professor and the department head of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE), the Isenberg Distinguished Professor in Engineering, and the director of the Center for e-Design – recently received a VentureWell Faculty Grant of $30,000. This funding will support the creation of a new course that teaches innovation and entrepreneurship from the viewpoint of understanding disability.

Junior Sarah Widrow of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department is the recent recipient of two significant awards: a Women’s Transportation Seminar / Rhode Island Undergraduate Scholarship of $1,000; and a Safety Research Using Simulation University Transportation Center (SAFER-SIM) Excellence Award for Undergraduates.

We’re proud to announce that Dr. Sundar Krishnamurty recently received a VentureWell Faculty Grant in recognition of their commitment to inclusive support of students who are creating innovations for positive social and environmental impact! This funding will support the creation of a new course that teaches innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) through the prism of understanding disability.

VentureWell’s Faculty Grants program helps faculty and staff at institutions across the country develop or sustain courses and programs that encourage STEM innovation.

Yanfei Xu, an assistant professor in the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department and an adjunct assistant professor in the Chemical Engineering Department, is the lead author on a collaborative paper published in Composites Communications - Elsevier.

The Arbella Insurance Foundation has announced the end of its 11-year-old Distractology program and has donated the Distractology trailer and its simulator, developed by College of Engineering researchers, to UMass Amherst, where it will be housed on campus for further opportunities to provide research, outreach, and education. Arbella will continue to fund these efforts for the next three years.

Forbes Magazine recently quoted Meghan Huber, an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and director of the Human Robot Systems (HRS) Laboratory, in an article about Walmart ending its contract with a developer of robots to track inventory in its store aisles. After testing and using the technology with approximately 500 robots over the past five years, the company will shift that labor back to human employees.

On November 5, Professor Frank Sup of the UMass Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department was one of 10 presenters at “The Future of Robotics: Research to Commercialization” event, as hosted by MassRobotics and the Mass Tech Collaborative.

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