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Alums Market “Portable Hug” for Autistic Children

Therapeutic Systems, a company started by alumnus Brian Mullen when he was a doctoral student in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department in 2008, is producing an inflatable vest that offers a “portable hug” to help calm and soothe children with autism and other disorders. Mullen started the company with his partner Chris Leidel, who earned his MBA in the Isenberg School of Management, when the two put together a successful business plan to win the $50,000 University of Massachusetts Innovation Challenge.

Outstanding Engineering Students Honored at Commencement

Three engineering majors were among the 13 outstanding students being honored at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Undergraduate Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 13. Caitlin C. Bogdan of Neptune, New Jersey, a mechanical engineering and classics major, and Saranthip Rattanaserikiat (pictured) of Northampton, a civil and environmental engineering major, have been chosen as two of the 11 21st Century Leaders.

ABC 40 Airs Video Story on Team ZoomMass

WGGB-TV ABC 40 in Springfield has aired a story on this year’s UMass Amherst Supermileage Team, which calls itself Team ZoomMass. The star attraction is an eight-and-a-half-foot-long, 100-pound, teardrop-shaped, neon-green vehicle designed to get as much as 1,500 miles per gallon of gas at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) National Supermileage Competition in Marshall, Michigan, in early June. "The students have been working very hard," said Jonathon Rothstein, the Team ZoomMass faculty advisor from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department.

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