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Three Prize-winning MIE Senior Design Projects Are Useful and Humanitarian

Best year-long team: Convertible snowboard to ski boot prototype from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department's Fall Senior Design Competition

The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department recently held its fall-semester poster contest, and the three winning teams produced a trio of brilliant and practical inventions aimed at solving key engineering problems. The three winning teams conceived an inexpensive and comfortable alternative to ski boots, an assistive steering aid for a physically challenged young boy and his power chair, and a nifty wheelchair brake redesign.

Five Engineering Students Make Permanent Impact on the Coca-Cola Company with Their Productive Co-op Projects

Mechanical and Industrial engineering major Michael Schwartz

Michael Schwartz

Five College of Engineering Students recently participated in the first ever co-op program run by the Coca-Cola plant in Northampton, and, because of their superior performance, they were each asked to make five-minute presentations to 11 company plant managers from the Northeast region and one vice-president from the Eastern U.S. “This is Coca-Cola’s first iteration of its co-op program,” explained co-op participant and mechanical engineering major Michael Schwartz, “and the company as a whole is looking to possibly expand this program to other plants across the nation based on the success the UMass students in Northampton.”


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