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Engineering is undoubtedly one of the most demanding majors at any university. Engineering students wouldn’t want it any other way. But that engineering degree of difficulty didn’t stop a passel of hard-pressed engineering students from standing out as intercollegiate competitors, sports stars, and Renaissance students this past year.

Any discussion of our outstanding scholar-athletes must begin with the UMass Men’s Swimming Team, in which four students from our Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department torpedoed their way to glory throughout the season, and...

Three engineering majors in UMass Amherst’s Integrated Concentration in Science (iCons) program are now working at paid internships with Massachusetts-based life science and energy technology firms for the summer. Olivia Czubarow, a chemical engineering senior from Wellesley, is working this summer at Anika Therapeutics of Bedford. Theo Smith, a mechanical engineering senior from Concord, and chemical engineering major Anwesh Yerneni from Mansfield are both working at Boston-Power, Inc. of Westborough.

While serving their highly coveted internships, the three engineering majors...

On Friday, April 28, seniors from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will display and demonstrate 28 creative electronic inventions for the public. ECE will be hosting its 27th annual Senior Design Project Day on campus, when 28 teams of seniors will unveil a high-tech floor show for the electronics of the future. The public review of these senior design projects happens at the Gunness Engineering Student Center of Marcus Hall on the UMass Amherst campus from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., when students will display their devices...

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?”

The First...

The first phase of the UMass Amherst 2015–16 Innovation Challenge kicked off its 11th year of competition on October 28, with two teams from our College of Engineering capturing the first- and third-place prizes of $1,000 and $500 respectively.

At this first Innovation Challenge event of the semester, more than 50 campus entrepreneurs and innovators participated in the MinutePitch Competition. Thirty-six teams pitched their ideas to a panel of judges, and, after three rounds, three teams emerged victorious. Two of them were from the College of Engineering. The first-place prize...

On January 20 through 22, a multi-institutional team, including graduate student Vanessa Martinez of our UMass Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, presented a very creative, beneficial, and practical proposal for a new humanitarian company called Rx4All, a medication-recycling program which was chosen for one of four prizes from 33 competing projects in the Yale Healthcare Hackathon, held at the Yale Medical School in New Haven, Connecticut. The theme of the hackathon was “Re-engineering Patient Experience...

Hao Cai, a Ph.D. Student in the Network Systems Laboratory of Professor Tilman Wolf in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, received the best student paper runner-up award at the 25th International Conference on Computer Communication and Networks (ICCCN 2016), run by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers from August 1 through 4 at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort Hotel in Hawaii. The title of Cai’s paper was “Source Authentication and Path Validation in Networks Using Orthogonal Sequences.” Wolf is the co-author of the paper.

As Cai explains...

When a pike is attacked, the fish escapes by performing a lightning-fast jackknife, which generates a remarkable 25 Gs of acceleration for a tenth of a second – more than three times the acceleration of an Apollo launch and faster than any manmade vehicle. In order to study this amazing reflex action, senior mechanical engineering student Chengcheng “Charlie” Feng used his summer research in the Research Experience for Undergraduates program to build a robotic fish, which can accurately mimic the escape mechanism of a pike. Feng built the fish under the direction of his faculty mentor,...

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