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“Energy Justice: Who Gets Listened to?” was the topic of a powerful TEDx talk by Erin Baker, a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and faculty director of the Energy Transition Initiative.

Assistant Professor Xian Du has obtained an $810,000 grant from the Aramco Services Company (ASC) to support the development of a novel sensing technology for strain-condition monitoring of critical oil-pump equipment. 


During the spring semester of 2021, Govind Srimathveeravalli, an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and an adjunct professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department, and his first-year doctoral student Mary Sheehan organized, designed, and delivered a short course to expose students of the Springfield Conservatory of the Arts to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). 

Krish Thiagarajan Sharman, a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and the Endowed Chair in Renewable Energy, is one of the principal facilitators for a groundbreaking partnership between the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) in India.

Four students from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department won cash prizes in MIE’s fifth annual Graduate Gallery Competition, moderated by the MIE Graduate Program. The prize winners were Peter DiMeo, Umang Patel, Kashyap Sundara Rajan, and Gina Georgadarellis. Each will receive a $100 cash card from MIE Department Head Sundar Krishnamurty.

The College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been ranked in a seven-way tie for No. 56 overall and No. 30 among public engineering programs (five-way tie) in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 rankings. The college also retains its status as the No. 1 public engineering program in New England.

Professor Ian R. Grosse (MIE) is retiring after more than 30 years of productive service to UMass Amherst. Among many other honors, Grosse is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).  Most recently, he has served as associate head of biomedical engineering focused on ABET accreditation preparations for this new program.

Jim Lagrant, a senior lecturer and Professor of Practice in Manufacturing in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, has received a $19,967 Faculty Research Grant, as provided by the Healy Endowment, from the UMass Research and Engagement Office. The grant will support Lagrant’s project that he says will develop a student-designed, adaptable process for smart manufacturing, which will have a broad impact on our engineering education and “prepare our students for the fourth industrial revolution.”

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine has announced that Professor Robert W. Hyers of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department was one of 18 distinguished academics appointed to the steering committee of the Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences Research in Space 2023-2032, which will create “a vision and strategy” for NASA’s future direction.

Five College of Engineering faculty members are among the 46 UMass ADVANCE Faculty Fellows for 2021-2022. The College of Engineering ADVANCE Fellows are: Seth Donahue, Biomedical Engineering; Ashish Kulkarni, Chemical Engineering; Konstantinos Andreadis, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Michael Zink, Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Shannon Roberts, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.