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Saranthip Rattanaserikiat is a role model for all those students who arrive at the College of Engineering in search of the exact path they might want to take as a professional engineer. Saranthip is like the hiker in Robert Frost’s poem, The Road Not Taken, who arrives at a fork and studies each one to see which is the right way home. Except, in Saranthip’s case, she has taken several “paths” simultaneously. Her itinerary has included: the college’s Engineering-Management Minor; the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); the concrete canoe, steel...

On August 10th, an eight-person team from the UMass Amherst Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Chapter travelled to Saviefe-Deme in Ghana to implement an inexpensive biosand water filter project. Saviefe-Deme is a small community in the Volta Region, along the southern part of Ghana, which houses a few hundred people. The EWB group tackled a big challenge during its August trip, to implement a low-maintenance and cost-effective strategy for bringing clean water to Saviefe-Deme.

A biosand filter is a simple water-treatment system adapted from traditional slow sand filters, which...

Kasey Packard Smart, an undergraduate researcher in our Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, was a member of UMass Amherst biologist Duncan J. Irschick’s lab, which developed “Beastcam,” a multi-armed platform of cameras and a computer system that can rapidly and easily create 3D models of living animals and other objects. Beastcam was co-founded by Irschick, UMass Amherst polymer scientist Al Crosby, Smart, and Smart’s fellow undergraduate Dylan Briggs. Now Beastcam is attracting international media coverage, including an article in the Boston...

On December 11, MIE students in Professor David McLaughlin’s Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering course gathered in a large circle in the Student Union Ballroom, laughing, shouting, and cheering as dozens of their scale-model smart cars darted across the floor in an exercise of vehicle avoidance. The occasion was the class’s annual end-of-the-semester Smart Car Extravaganza. Now in its third year, the demonstration is the culmination of a semester-long assignment to build model cars using Arduino processors, motors, transistors, gears, and various sensors to monitor and control the...

Two of the three prize-winners in the Graduate School’s recent inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3MT) contest were from the College of Engineering, which also boasted five of the 10 finalists. The runner-up, whose prize was $500, was Seydeh Shirin Montazeri of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, and her 3MT dealt with “Future Telescopes Will Reveal the Hidden Universe.” The People’s Choice Award of $500 was taken by Destenie Nock of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, doing a 3MT on “Where Should Our Electricity Come From?”

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Many important international media sources continue to pick up the story of scientists at UMass Amherst – led by biologist Duncan Irschick and including two mechanical engineering undergraduates – who created the Beastcam Array, a rapid-capture, field-portable, tabletop system for making high-resolution, full-color, 3D models of living organisms. See recent articles: The Times [U.K.], BBC,...

The Computers and Information in Engineering Division (CIE) of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has selected post-doctoral researcher Thomas Hagedorn of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department as the recipient for this year’s CIE Best Dissertation Award. Hagedorn’s dissertation, directed by MIE Professors Sundar Krishnamurty and Ian Grosse, presents a knowledge-based approach to addressing the existing and emerging...

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. 

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