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Lee Publishes Groundbreaking Study of Tough New Nanocomposites Stronger and Lighter Than Kevlar Body Armor

Jae-Hwang Lee

Jae-Hwang Lee

Professor Jae-Hwang Lee and his graduate students in our Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department have collaborated with other researchers at Washington University in St. Louis to further develop pioneering work on promising new nanocomposites that can be tailored as revolutionary ballistic armor significantly stronger and lighter than current armor materials. Lee and his collaborators authored a January 9 paper on their work in the high-profile materials science journal Nano Letters.

Health Information Visualization and Exploration (HIVE) Lab

We use eye-tracking approaches to analyze how physicians and nurses interact with health information technology. We are able to see what information they pay attention to, and ignore, as they make clinical decisions or complete processes. These findings can be used to guide the redesign of electronic health record systems and related technologies. Read More...

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Four Inventive Projects Win Kudos in MIE Senior Design Competition

Instrumented Beehive Senior Design Competition team, winners of the popular vote

Instrumented Beehive team

Four enterprising teams of senior engineering majors have been chosen as winners during the end-of-semester Senior Design Competition for MIE 415, the capstone course for the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department. The evaluation process was carried out both by popular vote of the audience and a panel of expert judges. Accordingly, the team calling itself Instrumented Beehive won the Popular Vote. The Best Semester Project went to EZ Pack Paintbrush, and Kinex Cappers was picked as the Best Year-long Project, with Unified Health coming in an “extremely close” second. 

UMass Amherst Professor Stephen Nonnenmann Part of Team Study on 'Quantum Material' That Mimics How Sharks Detect Small Electric Fields

AMHERST, Mass. – Stephen S. Nonnenmann, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is part of a team of researchers that created a “quantum material” that mimics a shark’s ability to detect the minute electric fields of small prey. The new sensor performs well in ocean-like conditions and opens the way for potential uses ranging from defense to marine biology. The findings were published in the Jan. 4 issue of Nature.

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