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COE Student Gives Informational Seminars in India

Sahil Shanghavi & Lakshmipat Singhania Academy Students

On January 12, Sahil Shanghavi, a senior electrical engineering major at UMass Amherst, hosted an information seminar for 150 students at Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, his former high school in Kolkata (Calcutta), India. Two days later, on January 14, Shanghavi gave a similar seminar at the Bhawanipur Education Society College that was open to students from many high schools throughout the city.

Conner Does Fulbright Fellowship in Sweden Professor

William Curtis Connor

Professor William Curtis Conner of the Chemical Engineering Department, who was chosen as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Alternative Energy Technology at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, will teach and develop research collaborations there, starting in the spring of 2010 and continuing into 2011. The appointment is the most prestigious and selective of all the Fulbright Fellowships. Conner has over 150 publications, cited more than 2000 times.

Business West Lauds MIE Collaboration

A long feature article and related editorial in Business West detailed the collaboration between the new Precision Manufacturing Regional Alliance Project (PMRAP) with two departments at UMass Amherst, including Professor Sundar Krishnamurty and other faculty members in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department. The collaboration fosters open dialogue designed to develop ways in which research at UMass Amherst can help area manufacturers create new products, develop more efficient processes, and use lighter, stronger materials.

Student Tests Polymer Capsules for Curing Diabetes

Talk about precocious! A senior chemical engineering major at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a vital cog on a research team working toward the successful treatment of diabetes and other killer diseases. Worcester resident Meenal Datta is performing key experiments on polymer capsules engineered to carry insulin-producing pancreas cells for implanting in type 1 diabetics.

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