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Points of Pride

As the fall semester came to an end, we enjoyed such traditions as the MIE Capstone Design presentations and the annual whirling-dervish demonstration of scale-model, collision-avoiding, smart cars. Be sure to like our Facebook page to see the photos!

With the arrival of winter break, the campus is suddenly quiet. What a wonderful time to reflect upon the importance of the education we provide, and to envision the positive impact these energetic, talented, and compassionate students will have on our future.

In my last message, I touched on the social aspects of...

David Irwin

David Irwin

The UMass Amherst News Office reports that a team of engineers and computer scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a three-year, $486,524 grant from the National Science Foundation for a project to enhance privacy in smart buildings and homes. The project is under the direction of David Irwin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Prashant Shenoy of the College of Information and Computer Sciences.

As more smart grids and buildings are fitted with digital electric meters, Web-enabled appliances and lighting, programmable outlets...

Retrofit Seat Belt

Seat Belt

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Engineering have designed an invention that would make it feasible, practical, and economical to install life-saving seat belts on some 30,000 motor coaches nationwide that venture on the road without seat belts.

The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) recently awarded $50,000 to a research team led by Principal Investigator Sundar Krishnamurty of the UMass Amherst Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department to help commercialize a patent-pending “Retrofit Seat Belt System” and make...

Zachary Goodman

Zachary Goodman

Two College of Engineering undergraduate students were among the five so-called “Rising Researchers” throughout the whole university designated by the UMass Amherst website Research Next (Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity for a Brighter Future). The two engineering winners are Electrical Engineering major Zachary Goodman and Chemical Engineering major Thomas McCarthy.

The five Rising Researchers for the fall of 2015 will soon be saluted with a special article about their research and other accomplishments in Research Next.

The Rising Researcher program...

John Klier

The College of Engineering has named John Klier to head its department of chemical engineering, effective Oct. 25.


A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Klier joins the university from The Dow Chemical Co., where he currently serves as global research and development director for the Performance Materials and Chemicals Segment.


Russell Tessier

Russell Tessier

Three researchers in our Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department have been developing and testing the prototypes of two portable weather stations that can monitor weather and road-surface conditions on Massachusetts highways. The two “Road Weather Information Systems” (RWIS) provide a cost-effective and accurate solution for monitoring road and weather conditions in places where permanent weather stations are not feasible due to costs, accessibility, siting concerns, or rugged terrain.

The work is being carried out by ECE Professor Russell Tessier and his graduate...

John Collura

John Collura

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...

The American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter at the University of Massachusetts Amherst was founded in 1950, making this year its 65th anniversary. Throughout the chapter’s history there have been tremendous strides in expanding our influence, knowledge and participation in design competitions. This includes the student chapter’s competition focuses; from solely competing in the Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe, to including competitions such as the Big Beam Competition and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s (EERI) National Seismic Design Competition.