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Professor Jonathan Rothstein of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department has been directing some outstanding outreach projects with his students involved in the 2015 National Society of Rheology’s Education and Outreach Campaign. Recently, Rothstein worked with more than 35 student volunteers to educate approximately 175 participants – ranging from K-12 students to industry professionals – in Baltimore, Maryland.

Rheology, a branch of mechanics, is the study of those properties of materials which determine their response to mechanical force. The word rheology...

On Friday, December 11, Professor David McLaughlin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and his students from the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) will hold their third annual “smart-car demo.” Visitors are invited to attend, watch, and enjoy this whirling-dervish demonstration of scale-model, collision-avoiding, smart cars, as built by the students in McLaughlin’s Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering course, ECE 361. The event will be held in the Student Union Ballroom between 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m....

Bolstered by a $5-million grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in December of 2014, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is launching a major Aviation Research and Training Center at the Westover Air Force Reserve Base in Chicopee, Mass. The center is a partnership between UMass Amherst and M2C Aerospace, Inc., a woman-owned business based in Milford, Mass. The aviation center is scheduled to open at the Westover location during the spring semester of 2017.

Currently the center is located on the Amherst campus under the umbrella of the UMass Transportation Center in...

One major thrust of Jianhua Joshua Yang’s research in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is creating new kinds of memristor devices that, among other uses, can take humans into the so-called “last frontier” of computing: a computer that works like the human brain. No wonder that during his first year as a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Yang has been awarded three impressive research grants totaling nearly $1.5 million.

The three grants include: $1,095,144 for phase I (an extra $500,000 is pending for phase II) from the Air Force Research...

On November 2, Michael Prokle, a doctoral candidate in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, was honored with the 2015 Judith Liebman Award at the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Prokle was the president of last year's interdisciplinary UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter and is being honored with the national Liebman Award for his work in that capacity.

The purpose of the Liebman Award is to recognize volunteers who have made outstanding and sustained contributions to their student chapters....

A feature story in the Springfield Republican covered the recent visit to East Longmeadow High School of the Distractology 101 driving simulator that was developed by the Arbella Insurance Foundation and the Human Performance Laboratory at the UMass Amherst College of Engineering. Donald Fisher, former head of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, helped develop the driving simulator program that tours high schools across the state and beyond. Distractology 101 has...

GEI Consultants, Inc., one of the nation’s leading geotechnical, environmental, water resources, and ecological science and engineering firms, announced recently that three University of Massachusetts Amherst alumnae from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department received new appointments and promotions in 2015.  Gillian M. Gregory (M.S. ’82, Ph.D. ’86) is the new Chairwoman of the GEI Board of Directors. Ileen S. Gladstone (M.S. ’83) was elected to a Senior Vice President position. And Jeanne A. LeFebvre (M.S. ’99)...

Byung H. Kim, a professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is using a three-year, $272,719 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a manufacturing process that imprints nano- and micro-scale features into a roll of continuously extruded material. Kim received the grant along with his research partner Donggang Yao, a professor at Georgia Tech and former UMass Amherst graduate student whom Kim supervised for master’s and doctoral degrees.

The process uses a roll-to-roll system similar to what other scientists use...

Encryption of a message to make it undecipherable to an unintended observer is often the goal of modern security research. But what if the mere presence of the message is enough to compromise the security of the transmitting and receiver parties? Then, the detection of the presence of a transmission, even if that observer cannot decode the message due to encryption, can be highly problematic. For example, an authoritarian government is not going to allow encrypted messages to go between potentially “dangerous” parties.

The only alternative is to make sure that the observer is...

Researchers at the College of Engineering, led by principal investigator Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department (MIE), together with their collaborator at Northeastern University have received a $440,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct intensive research on controlling wind turbine blade instabilities.

The title of the project is “Active Control of Nonlinear Flow-Induced Instability of Wind Turbine Blades under Stochastic Perturbations,” and the co-principal investigators are Christopher Hollot, head of the...

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