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We’ve all seen the problem: Food service employees struggling to tug on those cumbersome, rubbery, hygienic gloves required by law. We’ve all asked ourselves the same question. How many times per day must they yank them on and off? Now a team of seniors from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department has created an automatic mechanism to help them do it. The “Delicatessen Glove Donning Machine” won first place in the senior capstone design contest, held on April 30, when 23 teams from the MIE department demonstrated the prototypes of their useful, inventive, and brilliant...

UMass Amherst and College of Engineering Alumnus Barry Bahram Siadat was the recipient of a University of Massachusetts Distinguished Achievement Award at the university’s Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 9, in McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Dr. Siadat earned his M.S. in Polymer Science and Engineering in 1977 and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1979 from UMass Amherst. He is the co-founder, president and managing director of SK Capital Partners. His career as a scientist, business leader, and investor comprises senior leadership in both privately held and major public...

Alumnus Bevin Beaudet, the director of Palm Beach County (Florida) Water Utilities Department, has been presented with the National Environmental Achievement Award for Public Service from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). Beaudet earned his Chemical Engineering B.S. at UMass Amherst in 1969. The National Environmental Achievement Awards annually recognize individuals and NACWA member agencies that have made outstanding contributions to environmental protection and wastewater management. This award is given to current or former elected or appointed public officials...

On April 12, the Engineers Without Borders UMass Amherst Student Chapter hosted its 7th Annual EWB UMass Amherst Auction & Social. Festivities included live and silent auctions, appetizers, a cash bar, an African drumming performance, and project presentations. The event was attended by approximately 100 guests drawing from the business, academic, and philanthropic communities throughout Hampshire County. This year, the Sponsorship Appeal yielded $22,000, and the auction earned $5,600. After expenses the EWB chapter netted $25,600 to support its worthy projects in Africa! Check out the...

Bob Barron, a Ph.D. candidate in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, has been selected for the 2014 Young Scientists Summer Program (YSSP) of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria. Barron’s participation in the YSSP will be funded by the National Science Foundation in cooperation with the National Academy of Sciences. The YSSP is a three-month research...

David Irwin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is one of the researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst who are conducting a pilot project with the Holyoke Gas & Electric Co. (HG&E) that will show the utility and its customers how smart electric meters can save money and power. The project is funded by a $200,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. Prashant Shenoy of the Computer Science Department and Irwin are heading up a team of UMass Amherst researchers who will be using information from several dozen volunteers in HG...

Two very well qualified graduate students in the College of Engineering – Alyssa Schwartz of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department and Angela Berthaume of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department – won ultra-competitive National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships this year. ChE Professor Shelly Peyton is the Ph.D. advisor for Schwartz, and CEE Professor Behrouz Shafei advises Berthaume. These two talented grad students were joined by two recent alumni from the ChE department who received NSF fellowships elsewhere. One was Dana Thornlow, now a graduate...

On April 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., 23 student teams of seniors from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will demonstrate the prototypes of their useful, inventive, and brilliant designs for all to see. Visitors are welcome to this capstone event, which will be staged in the Gunness Student Center of Marcus Hall, and includes groundbreaking projects created by both mechanical engineering and industrial engineering seniors. Projects from mechanical engineering students include a wax-cleaning device for the Yankee Candle...

From noon on April 29 to 11:59 p.m. on April 30, the College of Engineering will be participating in UMassGives, a 36-hour “Netathon” that will use email and social media platforms (including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) to raise vital funding for a variety of worthy educational initiatives. Last year UMassGives attracted 1,588 donors and raised $85,000 to support programs and projects across the campus. This year the goals are even more ambitious: reaching 1,863 donors in honor of the year of our founding as a Land Grant institution. You can help by donating to UMassGives and also...

The all-freshman team of Justin Marple, Aaron Lucia, Rohan Kapoor, and Dylan Pare of our Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department won the Micromouse contest at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Region 1 Student Conference, held at New Jersey’s Science and Technology University (NJIT) on the weekend of March 29 and 30. The winning team, named IEEE Micromouse Venus, also won $800. Micromouse is an event in which small robot mice solve a 16 foot by 16 foot maze. See videos of the winning micromouse in action:...

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