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On Wednesday afternoon, April 29, 19 student teams from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department and College of Nursing will demonstrate their brilliant, useful, and humanitarian inventions. Their fascinating innovations include a new and improved walker for a patient suffering from debilitating rheumatoid arthritis, a more efficient and economic device for farmers to remove seeds from squash, an ergonomically correct apparatus for pulling beer kegs off storage racks in a warehouse, and a dynamometer to help rehabbing patients assess the proper positioning of their...

On Friday, April 24, seniors from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will present, display, and demonstrate 21 clever and useful electronic inventions for the public. The ECE will host its 25th annual Senior Design Project Day on campus, when 21 teams of seniors will unveil a high-tech floor show for the electronics of the future. This year’s senior design projects include an electronic navigation system for visually impaired individuals, a drone model quadcopter that automatically videotapes action sports such as mountain...

Civil and Environmental (CEE) Department graduate student Kristie Stauch-White has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship from the NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources Division of Graduate Education. Stauch-White works in the lab of her CEE advisor Professor Caitlyn Butler, who is pursuing pioneering research on special “Algal-Sludge Granules,” which can produce their own oxygen during wastewater treatment, thus cutting electricity consumption in half, while also cleansing wastewater.

The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP...

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni Association will present Raphael Guzman (ECE ’88) with a Distinguished Alumni Service Award at the State House on April 23. The award honors alumni for outstanding and significant contributions of service to a particular community and to the university in the way of financial, volunteer, or advocacy support. Guzman’s award is part of a set of Distinguished Alumni Awards which each represent the highest honor bestowed by the UMass Amherst Alumni Association on alumni, faculty, and friends. Recipients of this prestigious award have translated...

The method that pharmaceutical companies use to develop new chemotherapy drugs is highly inefficient and expensive, costing one-to-ten-billion dollars and seven to 20 years for each drug. Shelly Peyton of the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is addressing this critical problem with her new research project, funded by a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation CAREER Program.

Peyton’s research team engineers artificial tissue, which realistically mimics various human organs, then tests how cancer cells in this “biomaterial”...