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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.

Professor Paul Siqueira of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been selected to serve as one of the Co-Leads for an $800-million collaborative space mission being carried out by NASA and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). Siqueira was already one of 20 scientists chosen to guide the NASA-ISRO satellite mission to observe Earth and to study “Earth Deformation, Ecosystem Science, and the Dynamics of Ice.”

At the 37th annual Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Supermileage Competition on June 9 and 10, the UMass team finished a very credible 9th place, out of 20 teams, by hitting 463 miles per gallon on the 9.6-mile course at the Eaton Proving Grounds in Marshall, Michigan. See competition website.

A recent publication by Sarah Perry’s Research Group in the Chemical Engineering Department was just highlighted in Chemistry World, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, and will also be spotlighted in the next annual report for the Advanced Photon SourceLab on a Chip, with an impact factor of 6.115, originally posted the Perry Group’s article, entitled “Graphene-based microfluidics for serial crystallography,” on May 24, 2016.

From June 14 to 16, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department alums Scot Chisholm ’04 and Pat Walsh ’03 hosted a biennial three-day conference called “The Collaborative” for nonprofits and businesses doing world-changing socially innovative work. Chisholm and Walsh are the co-founders of Classy, a San Diego company that provides online fundraising technology to nonprofits and other “social enterprises.” The event was held at Cruiseport in the Boston Seaport district. See Boston Globe article.

David Reckhow, civil and environmental engineering, and other scientists this week refuted claims by actor Mark Ruffalo that water in Flint, Michigan, is unsafe for bathing. “The news is pretty good when it comes to disinfection byproducts—they’re really not all that high,” Reckhow said at a May 31 press conference in Flint. Reckhow and other scientists found the level of byproducts to be comparable to amounts found in other cities.

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.

On Saturday, May 7, the College of Engineering and Dean Tim Anderson celebrated the successful completion of another academic year by paying tribute to several award-winning students, honoring this year’s outstanding faculty award winners, and sending some 400 seniors into the engineering profession with words of wisdom, advice, and good humor.

Each year seniors from the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst present, display, and demonstrate some 24 clever and useful electronic inventions for the public. This year five teams of senior ECE majors won the nine prizes given out for the event. See full descriptions of all projects.

Please join us in congratulating Professor Scott Civjan of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and Professor Wei Fan of the Chemical Engineering Department for being named the 2015-2016 College of Engineering Outstanding Teachers.

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