Three out of the six teams that won prizes in this year’s $65,000 University of Massachusetts Innovation Challenge Final Competition were spearheaded by engineering students. The three engineering winners were third-place finisher Brobar and two other finalists, Glow and Lumme. Coordinated by the Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship, an Isenberg-based initiative that promotes entrepreneurship across the UMass Amherst campus, this culminating event of the multi-stage Innovation Challenge featured a Shark Tank-style contest presented to six judges and an enthusiastic audience.
David McLaughlin, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Administration and a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, has been selected for two major honors by the UMass Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development (TEFD). First, McLaughlin received a Distinguished Teaching Award, the university’s highest honor for classroom excellence. TEFD then named McLaughlin one of the 12 TIDE Ambassadors for the campus, with TIDE standing for Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity, and Equity.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette has published an article about the $6,141,551 grant received by the UMass Transportation Center (UMTC) in the College of Engineering from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). The large grant will support UMTC’s project to combine and run the state’s Local Technical Assistance Program, the Transportation Training Institute, and the Cooperative Research Program as one unit. The funding runs from February 2016 to the end of September 2018. Read UMass News Office release.
Dean Tim Anderson has announced that faculty members Erin Baker of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, Joseph Bardin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, and Wei Fan of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department have been selected as outstanding faculty in the College of Engineering for 2016.
According to a long article in Wind Systems magazine, a team of researchers that includes two engineers from UMass Amherst is developing a new mooring system for floating offshore wind turbines that uses an integrated network of anchors and lines to hold dozens or even hundreds of turbines in place in the ocean in industrial-scale, offshore wind farms. See UMass News Office release. See Renewable Engergy News article.
Two students from our Chemical Engineering Department – Katharine Greco and Marianne Sleiman (currently a Ph.D. student at the University of California Berkeley) – have won prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships. “This is excellent news and testimony to the quality of our students and their education,” said College of Engineering Dean Tim Anderson. Read the announcement from NSF, with a complete list of awardees.
Four College of Engineering undergraduate students were among the eight so-called “Rising Researchers” throughout the whole university campus as designated by the UMass Amherst website Research Next (Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity for a Brighter Future). All four engineering winners were recently profiled, along with the four other Rising Researchers from across the UMass campus, on Research Next. See entire article.
The UMass Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory (MIRSL) is participating in the 2016 Verification of the Origin of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment (VORTEX), specifically in the Southeast (VORTEX-SE) region, sponsored by NOAA's National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL). During March and April 2016, MIRSL is deploying two mobile radar systems to northern Alabama to study the environment leading up to tornadoes and the severe weather outbreaks that can directly produce tornadoes. MIRSL is partnering with the Purdue University Department of Earth Atmosphere and Planetary Sciences in this project.
Professional Technician (II) Rick Winn of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department has been selected as one of the 10 staff members at UMass Amherst to receive the 2016 Chancellor’s Citation. Winn is responsible for the supervision of the entire MIE student shop, recently upgraded and renovated into the Altra Industrial Motion Innovation Shop, and has worked in the MIE department since 2002. Even though the MIE enrollment has increased from 219 in 2006 to 521 in 2015, Winn has continued to manage the shop with no additional support.
Professor Zlatan Aksamija of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Departments has been named as a Lilly Teaching Fellow. The Selection Committee of the Lilly Fellows Program has chosen Aksamija as one of only eight recipients nationally to get the Lilly Fellowship for Teaching Excellence. This is a significant achievement, given the high volume and quality of nominations this year, which the committee members described as “absolutely incredible.”