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UMass Team Receives Prestigious NSF DMREF Award to Create Groundbreaking New Class of Stretchable Electronics

soft stretchable electronic device

soft stretchable electronic device

A team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a four-year, $1.75-million NSF Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) award to study and construct a new class of soft and stretchable electronic devices that can be used in future healthcare, security, and communications applications. 


Knodler and Muriel Interviewed by Public Radio on the Enigmatic “Zipper Merge”

highway with a "road narrows" caution sign

In August New England Public Radio (NEPR) posted a long article on the often misunderstood “zipper merge” in traffic. NEPR interviewed a number of experts, including two College of Engineering faculty members: Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Professor Michael Knodler, director of MassSafe; and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department Associate Professor Ana Muriel, who is also the associate department head.

MIE Department Welcomes Extremely Accomplished New Faculty Members

Woodrow W. Winchester III

Woodrow Winchester III

New faculty members begin serving in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department in September of 2019. Woodrow W. Winchester III is MIE’s new director of engineering management, and Jim Lagrant will settle in as the department’s new professor of practice in manufacturing. In addition, the MIE department will welcome Assistant Professor Meghan Huber.

Researchers from UMass Amherst and UCLA Develop New and Simplified Method to Deploy Small Droplets with Electrical Signals

Tingyi “Leo” Liu

Tingyi “Leo” Liu

Assistant Professor Tingyi “Leo” Liu of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department is part of a team of researchers from UMass Amherst and UCLA who have developed a more cost-efficient and dependable method of manipulating small droplets on a hydrophilic surface. According to the researchers, the new method is “promising a simple and reliable microfluid platform for a broad range of applications” that could go far beyond current functions related to liquid lenses and diagnostics kits.


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