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Two new Hluchyj Fellows have been named for the 2009-2010 academic year, and they couldn't present more of a contrast. He (Jack) Ze, an incoming doctoral student in electrical engineering, is from the exotic and historical city of Hangzhou, China, which Marco Polo referred to as "the City of Heaven" during his 13th-century visit there. Meanwhile, doctoral nursing student Shoshana Gladstone comes from the nearby home town of Pelham, Massachusetts, former stomping grounds of Daniel Shay and his anti-establishment rebels in 1786-87.

On Friday, October 2, a group of people involved intimately with the Hluchyj Fellowship program took advantage of the Skinner Hall dedication ceremonies to get together and celebrate the two donors, Dr. Michael Hluchyj ('76 B.S. Electrical Engineering) and Mrs. Theresa Hluchyj (B.S. School of Nursing). The Hluchyjs are supporting annual stipends of $25,000 each for one graduate student in the College of Engineering and one graduate student in the School of Nursing.

The Wiley-Blackwell publishing house has just issued the second edition of the bestselling text book, “Wind Energy Explained: Theory, Design and Application,” by James. F. Manwell and Jon G. McGowan of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department and former MIE Senior Research Fellow Anthony. L. Rogers.

Ana Muriel, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, is the 2009 winner of the Moving Spirit Award, as chosen by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). The award was established to recognize outstanding INFORMS volunteers who have been "moving spirits" in their respective forums within the organization.

James MacGregor Smith of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department was part of a research team that just won this year’s “Best Paper Award,” as chosen by the Computational Optimization and Applications (COAP) editorial board from the journal’s previous year’s (2008) articles.

The October 2009 Physics Today cover story looks at the work on superhydrophobic surfaces being done by several researchers in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department. As the story notes, “Researchers led by Jonathan Rothstein at the University of Massachusetts Amherst now offer a proof-of-principle demonstration of a new, passive option for reducing drag in a turbulent flow.

University of Massachusetts Amherst mechanical engineering sophomore Samuel del Pilar of Flushing, New York, is one of 75 students nationwide selected for scholarships from the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference (HENAAC). He is the second UMass Amherst engineering student to receive a HENAAC scholarship, the first being Rafael Santana, who graduated in 2004 with a degree in computer systems engineering.

Two mechanical engineering students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have literally taken advantage of a windfall from a prominent wind power company and used it to propel their futures. Jacque Heger and Samuel Deptula each received $5,000 scholarships for the 2008-2009 academic year from Vestas Americas, the leading supplier of wind power solutions with over 35,000 wind turbines installed.

The UMass Amherst Supermileage Vehicle Team successfully fielded two vehicles this year at the annual Society of Automotive Engineers Supermileage Vehicle competition, held at the Eaton Corporation Proving Grounds in Marshall, Michigan, on June 4th and 5th. 

The search committee looking for the new head of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department has chosen MIE Professor Donald Fisher to replace the departing Mario Rotea. “I am delighted to inform you that Professor Donald L. Fisher has accepted the position of Department Head in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, effective July 1, 2009,” announced Dean Mike Malone. “Dr. Fisher has a distinguished record of research, teaching, and service over more than two decades on the faculty at UMass Amherst.”

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