After Arnold Most graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1964 with one of our early Industrial Engineering degrees, he arrived at powerhouse IBM with many other engineers from the most prestigious universities in the country. At that time, UMass was still trying to establish its reputation and break away from the old Mass Aggie image. Most’s rise through the ranks of the IBM hierarchy during the early days of the semiconductor boom was proof positive that our engineering education had already arrived.
On September 13, some 44 women students and several faculty members from the College of Engineering and the Computer Science Department gathered for a Meet and Greet session, hosted by the Women in Engineering Program. “The fact that you’ve been accepted into the College of Engineering as a woman means you automatically belong to the Women in Engineering Program,” says Shelly Perdomo, the director of the Diversity Programs Office (DPO).
On October 1, Lixin Gao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Jeffrey Davis of the Chemical Engineering Department were two of the eight “nationally acclaimed faculty members” presented with the Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity at the Sixth Annual Faculty Convocation. The convocation took place at 11:00 a.m. in Bowker Auditorium of Stockbridge Hall.
On September 18, Monique Farrell, a first-year chemical engineering major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was presented with the second annual Ahadi Youth Award at a ceremony in the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield, Massachusetts. Farrell is a 2010 graduate of the High School of Commerce. The Ahadi Youth Award is presented by the African Hall Subcommittee of the Springfield Museums to “an African-American young person who demonstrates strong character, leadership, academic achievement, and future potential.”
Jeffrey B. Mullan, secretary and CEO of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), will be the speaker at the first annual William W. Boyer Lecture at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29, at the University of Massachusetts Club, 225 Franklin Street, 33rd floor, in Boston. The cost is $10 per person and space is limited. The evening will end with a social hour at 6:30 p.m., including refreshments and networking. The event is open to the media.
Chemical engineering junior Kevin Cunningham might be a veteran thespian, having acted in many productions throughout his days at Braintree High School and the College of Engineering, but don’t forget. He’s also an engineer. That’s why, when he tried out for his most demanding role in the UMass Theatre Guild production of Sweeney Todd, he left nothing to chance. He engineered his performance in advance so he could bring plenty of chemistry to his character.
Majdouline Touil is hoping to ride her very productive internship with the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, maker of the Black Hawk and Seahawk helicopters, right into her future. The multi-talented industrial engineering major, who is also active in the UMass Amherst Theatre Guild and the Society of Women Engineers, has already made her mark at the Sikorsky plant in Stratford, Connecticut, where she was an INROADS intern this past summer. She hopes it will leave a lasting impression.
Many of us at the College of Engineering know very little about the larger-than-life faculty members who ran the college during its early years, even those professors whose names have been immortalized in our buildings. One of these pioneers was Professor of Chemical Engineering Joseph Sol Marcus of Marcus Hall fame. The college recently uncovered a moving tribute to Dr. Marcus written shortly after he died of cancer on November 1, 1985.
On September 24 at 3:00 p.m., the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department will be holding a poster competition open to all current graduate students. The posters will be displayed and judged in the Gunness Student Center. Light refreshments will be served. The MIE department will provide easels, poster board, and printing assistance, as well as cash prizes. The first prize is $300, $150 for the second prize, and the third prize is $50.
With the fiscal crisis at UMass Amherst, the budget for the Diversity Programs Office (DPO) has become tighter and tighter and, therefore, private support has become more and more critical. That’s why a $10,000 grant from Verizon Foundation is such a vital cog in the DPO.