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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...

As the baseball season approaches with the speed of a 98 mph fastball, we are reminded that batting .500 would be a Hall of Fame batting average for anyone. That’s exactly what the College of Engineering will be hitting on April 7, when up to $65,000 in funding will be at stake during the annual Shark Tank-style contest taking place at the University of Massachusetts Innovation Challenge Final Competition. There, three of the six finalists will be teams featuring engineering students! You can be there to hear the final teams pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges who...

Senior Chemical Engineering (ChE) major Julie Boshar from North Andover, Massachusetts, is a straight-A student “with a passion for improving healthcare,” the recent winner of a $1,000 Hannah Frilot Memorial Scholarship and $10,000 William M. Bulger Presidential Scholarship, and a member of the prestigious Commonwealth Honors College. But this highly thoughtful, idealistic, and...

Several deeply committed UMass Students didn’t want to let the water crisis in Puerto Rico go unchecked! A brilliant and idealistic five-person interdisciplinary team, which included three engineering majors, won four prizes at the HackUMass hackathon on November 3 through 5 by creating LiveWaterMap, invented to counteract the devastation and resultant water shortage and contamination caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. As the team explains its product, “LiveWaterMap is an online web service that...

Melissa Paciulli, a Ph.D. candidate in Transportation Engineering in our Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, recently received the Women in Transportation (WTS) Boston Ann M. Hershfang Graduate Scholarship. She was also nominated for the Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship, offered through WTS International. The Hershfang Graduate Scholarship is awarded to a woman currently enrolled in a graduate program within a transportation-related field with plans to pursue a career in the transportation industry. Puciulli is the program manager for the Massachusetts Cooperative...

The high-performance team of chemical engineering students Dan Bell, Yusuf Mohamad, Pat Ritchie, Ricardo Valdés, Nick Thomas, and Matt Lok – collectively calling themselves the “Squid Squad” – finished in third place among 21 competing teams at the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE) Chem-E-Car Northeast Regional Competition, held on April 7 and 8 in Rochester, New York. This outstanding finish qualified the UMass Amherst Chem-E-Car Team for the national championships, which will be held in late October of this year in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This is the first time that...

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...

Arianne Bazilio, a doctoral candidate from Guyana studying in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a 2014-15 International Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). AAUW International Fellows are selected for their academic achievement, scholarly promise, and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. They return to their home countries to become leaders in government, academia, community activism, business, and science.

“I was astounded and deeply honored when I learnt that I was...

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