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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.

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). 

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