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Bekah Perlin, a first year student in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, is doing a summer internship to test and improve lanyards. No, not that kind of lanyards! They are not the ones that have become infamous in summer camps all over the world as woven in arts-and-crafts classes by bored campers, who wear them around their neck to hold whistles or keys. These are fall-protection lanyards, which are life-saving devices for personnel working on roofs, skyscrapers, and other high sites.

Dr. Sadiye Guler, who earned her doctorate from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in 1996 and went on to found the intuVision company in 2000, has kept close ties with her alma mater through her company. Guler’s company creates leading-edge intelligent video content analysis technology products for real-world applications, including the specific needs of intelligence, security, and law enforcement personnel. In honor of her accomplishments, Dr. Guler received a Massachusetts High Technology Council’s 2008 Women-to-Watch award for developing and commercializing a new technology that is shaping the future of the video industry.

Jack Keil Wolf, a revered engineer and computer theorist who taught at the College of Engineering from1973 to 1984, died on May 12 at his home in the La Jolla section of San Diego, according to an obituary on May 20 in the New York Times. He was 76. The Times article said that Wolf’s “mathematical reasoning about how best to transmit and store information helped shape the digital innards of computers and other devices that power modern society.”

Therapeutic Systems, a company started by alumnus Brian Mullen when he was a doctoral student in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department in 2008, is producing an inflatable vest that offers a “portable hug” to help calm and soothe children with autism and other disorders. Mullen started the company with his partner Chris Leidel, who earned his MBA in the Isenberg School of Management, when the two put together a successful business plan to win the $50,000 University of Massachusetts Innovation Challenge.

Jerome “Jerry” M. Paros, the Founder and CEO of Paroscientific, Inc. and one of the largest contributors to the College of Engineering, received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the university at its commencement ceremonies on May 13. Paros is an internationally recognized innovator and leader in the field of measurement sciences, the owner of more than 20 U.S. patents, a successful businessman, and a visionary philanthropist.

For more than a decade the Parametric Technology Corporation, better known as PTC, has been designing a nurturing relationship with the UMass Amherst Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department that starts with a free annual license for the company’s trademark CAD modeling software. But our favored status goes far beyond the licenses PTC has donated.

Dr. Paul Dauenhauer of the Chemical Engineering Department received word of a $149,234 grant from the 2011 Northeast Sun Grant Initiative (NESGI) Competitive Grants program, bringing to almost $1 million the total funding he has been awarded from three sources in little more than a month. From early March until mid-April, his dovetailing research projects were also funded with an $800,000 Early Career Award in Basic Energy Sciences from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), plus $15,000 from a highly selective 3M Nontenured Faculty Award.

Ray Sehgal, a Ph.D. student in chemical engineering who is advised by ChE Professors Dimitrios Maroudas and David Ford (pictured), has been selected to attend the 2011 Open Science Grid (OSG) Summer School at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in June, as well as the TeraGrid 2011 Conference this July in Salt Lake City. Admission to the OSG summer school is highly competitive, with only 27 percent of the applicants accepted this year.

Jacobs Associates announced on May 9 that alumnus Daniel N. Adams, P.E., C.P. Eng., who is now the executive vice president, has been elected president and CEO. William W. Edgerton, P.E., currently president and CEO, will assume the position of chairman of the board. These changes accompany a shift toward a style of management that will allow the company to accommodate expansion while providing quality service to local clients.

It’s official. The Institute for Cellular Engineering (ICE) and its Director, Professor Susan Roberts of the Chemical Engineering Department, have unveiled the first campus graduate certificate targeting the critical interface between engineering and the life sciences. The certificate also gives students a big edge when applying for jobs. The 19-credit curriculum for this concentration includes new courses, a diverse array of electives, a graduate seminar series, a student-run journal club and research seminar, ethics training, hands-on lab modules, and professional development activities.