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Senior civil engineering major Hayley Franz does one of the great under-publicized but all-important jobs at the UMass College of Engineering. Her responsibility is helping to raise funds to support engineering projects in Kenya and the Brazilian Amazon that provide clean drinking water for thousands of villagers eking out a subsistence living in the bush. More specifically, Hayley, who says she’s “always been very organized,” is the fundraising events coordinator for the UMass chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB).

Arlindo Jorge, a member of the UMass Amherst class of 1950 and one of the first students to receive an electrical engineering degree here, died on September 14 at the age of 87. ­UMass presented Jorge with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007 and, among his many philanthropic interests, he endowed the Arlindo Jorge Scholarship Fund for students in our Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Jorge began his career with the Electron Tube Division of Sperry Gyroscope Company, developing high-powered final amplifiers (klystrons) for military radars.

On November 15, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) will honor UMass chemical engineering alumnus Marvin O. Schlanger at the AIChE International Year of Chemistry Gala at Gotham Hall in New York City. Schlanger ('72 M.S., ChE) ) is the former president and chief executive officer of the ARCO Chemical Company, and he delivered the 10th annual Tang Lecture at the College of Engineering in 2009.

The campus will receive $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) over five years to help university teams gain practical training on core energy management concepts through DOE's Industrial Assessment Center Program. The Industrial Assessment Center on campus provides energy, waste, and productivity assessments to small and mid-sized manufacturers at no cost by experienced engineering faculty and students.

Joseph Bardin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has been awarded approximately $295,000 for two years by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award Program to do an electronics project entitled “Programmable Front-Ends in Advanced Technologies.” Out of 407 applicants for the program, only 39 of what DARPA called “the nation’s brightest young scientists” were selected to receive grants totaling $11.7 million.

On September 23, Professor Aura Ganz (in right of photo) of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department will present her PERCEPT project, a seeing-eye building directory with electronic signposts for the visually impaired, at the Products and Technologies That Change People’s Lives Conference in Boston’s Hynes Convention Center from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Mechanical engineering alumnus Walter D. Musial (’80 B.S., ’83 M.S.) is the 2011 recipient of the UMass Amherst Alumni Association’s first Alumni Clean Energy Award (ACE). This award recognizes notable achievement or innovation in the public, business, or professional areas of clean energy or technologies. Musial is a principal engineer and manager of Offshore Wind and Ocean Power Systems at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. “UMass really changed my outlook on engineering,” he said.

The College of Engineering constantly seeks faculty who can expand our research competencies and accelerate our efforts to be nationally recognized in such areas as energy, clean water, the environment, health care, transportation, safety, and security. Traditional rank and salary by themselves no longer provide us with a competitive edge in recruiting both seasoned faculty and rising stars. Excellence is defined with resources such as endowed chairs and professorships, some of the highest honors a professor can achieve and proven ingredients in recruiting and retaining the best faculty.

Professor Robert Hyers of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society (TMS), which has about 11,000 members. He will take office at the TMS Annual Meeting in March of 2012. Hyers has been chosen as the Financial Planning Officer, which is "the keystone” for TMS financial leadership. "It is my duty to represent the membership in ensuring that TMS maintains its good financial health and continues to grow," he said about his election.

Joseph Goldstein, a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and the former dean of the College of Engineering, received one of six Awards for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity being presented to “nationally acclaimed faculty members” at the Seventh Annual Faculty Convocation on September 16.