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Mettu Co-edits New Forum for Serendipitous Findings

Ramgopal Mettu

Ramgopal Mettu of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is co-editor of the new Journal of Serendipitous and Unexpected Results (JSUR), devoted to the surprises, unforeseen discoveries, and strange twists of fate that often accompany successful research. As the web site for the new publication explains, “The Journal of Serendipitous and Unexpected Results is an open-access forum for researchers seeking to further scientific discovery by sharing surprising or unexpected results.

Making ERs Work Better

Hari Balasubramanian

Hari Balasubramanian, assistant professor in our Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, is working with emergency department directors and faculty at UMass Memorial Medical Center to identify bottlenecks, improve efficiency, and reduce patient waiting time in the emergency room.

Building a Bridge to Her Future

Aimee O'Brien

Last spring, undergraduate junior Aimee O’Brien of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department was the co-captain of the UMass Amherst Steel Bridge Team that managed a strong fourth-place finish out of 12 teams at the regional Student Steel Bridge Competition, run by the American Institute of Steel Construction. With O’Brien doing much of the day-to-day management and organization of the team, while also putting in many hours of hands-on cutting, welding, and grinding, the double-girder bridge took first place in the key stiffness category, boasting an aggregate deflection of only five-eighths of an inch.

Exploratorium Will Spawn Student Brainstorms

Donald Fisher

Recently a team of students in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department (MIE) designed and built an invention that would wow any dog owner. It’s a sort of dog-operated fetch-o-matic. The machine hurls a ball and is then re-triggered each time the canine retrieves it and drops it in a funnel. MIE Head Donald Fisher uses this example to demonstrate the kind of clever idea that needs a place to incubate within a warm and welcoming space, where his students can gather, connect, brainstorm, and collaborate.

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