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October 2001





Jonathan Rothstein grew up in Holliston Massachusetts.  He attended The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City where he received his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering in 1996.  He received his Masters of Science from Harvard University and then moved on to MIT where he earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2001.  For his Ph.D., he studied the flow of non-Newtonian fluids.  In particular, his dissertation focused on an experimental and theoretical investigation of the stability of viscoelastic fluids in complex flows dominated by either a strong extensional component to the flow or temperature gradients induced by viscous heating.  Jonathan lives in Belchertown with his wife, Kara, and his new daughter, Emma.  His hobbies include photography, woodworking and traveling the globe.


Steve de Bruyn Kops comes to us from Seattle, where he earned his Ph.D. at the University of Washington in the area of fluid dynamics.  His work involves computer simulation and modeling of chemically reacting flows, multi-phase flows, and geophysical flows.  Prior to graduate school,

Steve was a surface line officer in the U.S. Navy, an interesting juxtaposition with the Quaker heritage of his alma mater, Swarthmore College.  He and his wife Julie live in Amherst, where they are finding great places for cycling, inline skating, and walking.







David Schmidt got a $142,000 grant from Caterpillar Inc. for modeling MEMS fuel injection sprays.


Abhi Deshmukh (PI) and Ana Muriel together with Victor Lesser (ECS), Jin Wang (Math, Valdosta State) and Judith Whipple (Econ, Michigan State) have been awarded a 3-year $600,000 grant from the Scalable Enterprise Systems program at NSF. Their research addresses fundamental issues in the coordination and evolution of complex supply networks. 


Byung Kim has received a new three-year grant in the amount of $259,989.00 from NSF entitled “Injection molding microfeatures.”  This project focuses on a study of the fundamental aspects of molding micro features, and considers issues such as the scale effects on viscosity, flow uniformity, etc. 


Ana Muriel has been awarded an internal research grant ($7000) to continue her work on the coordination of production, inventory and transportation decisions in the presence of economies of scale. She has also gotten a supplement REU ($9,000) to her NSF- GOALI grant to support the research of two undergraduate students under the project “Capacity and Flexibility Planning in a Make-to-Order Environment”.


Janis Terpenny has been awarded a 1-year $60,000 grant from NSF-DMI.  This award provides funding for the research and development of a function-based representation to support concept modeling and solution synthesis in early design.


Janis Terpenny has received a grant from Apprentice Systems, Inc. ($11,500). The project focuses on providing the knowledge management and modeling system of Apprentice Systems with the capabilities of web-based collaboration and capture of design knowledge in a format that is platform independent and reusable.


Awards and Distinctions


Stephen Malkin was named Honorable Professor at National Huaqiao University in Quanzhou, China. He is only the third person to receive this special distinction.  While in Quanzhou, Steve also delivered the keynote address at the 11th Chinese Grinding and Machining Conference.


Last May, Justin Piccirillo, David Hatch and Professor Byung Kim presented a business plan at Mahar Auditorium for the Entreclub’s second annual Business Plan Competition.  After months of preparation, research and analysis, the three were able to put together a $10,000-winning proposal using a new injection molding technique developed at the University.  The new process allows plastic to be molded with resolution down to a millionth of a meter, a feat not previously possible.  Some discussion has been made about continuing further to sub-micron scale and further research is leading towards new production schemes, including integrated circuitry within plastic parts.  According the their proposal, the molding technology would be used to produce microfluidic, or “lab on a chip” devices. 


Robert Gao was a Guest Researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland this past summer, where he worked with researchers in the Sensor Development and Application Group on smart sensor networking and standard issues. His presentation on sensor integration for machine condition monitoring, which highlighted a new technique developed in his lab on combined time-scale-frequency domain signal analysis for enhanced feature extraction, was found interesting with potential applications in related NIST projects.



MIE faculty on the news…


David Schmidt performed a calculation of the air and spray dynamics of a bathroom shower.  The results of this calculation were circulated and discussed world-wide.  Articles on this work appeared in the New York Times, the Londay Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Discover Magazine, Scientific American, as well as many foreign-language newspapers. TheBoston Globe devoted the front page of their science section to this calculation.  This calculation has been one of the most successful publicity efforts in the history of the College of Engineering.  The results of the calculation are being used as a teaching tool, as well as for further outreach to incoming students.  This effort has provided beneficial, world-wide publicity for the University of Massachusetts.





The 2nd edition of Professor Corrado Poli’s  book, "Design for Manufacturing - A Structured Approach," published by Buttersworth-Heinemann, came on the market just after labor day.  This edition is an updated, revised, and reorganized version of the earlier edition of the book. This edition is accompanied by a CD with Power Point slides that include digital photographs, video clips and quick-time movies and animations of various processes such as injection molding, stamping, die casting, forging, etc.


Shantikumar Nair has had a paper accepted in the Polymer Engineering and Science

Journal on polymer nanocomposites.



Sabattical leaves


Shantikumar Nair is on sabbatical at the United Technologies Research Center in East

Hartford, CT, working on brittle environmental barrier coatings on brittle ceramic substrates

His sabbatical work to date has produced some international conference presentations:  one at the International Gas Turbine Institute Meeting in Amsterdam next June, one at the International Conference on Composites and Advanced Ceramics in Cocoa Beach, FL, in mid Jan 2002, and three at the Closed Meeting of the Cocoa Beach Conference on Advanced Composites at the end of Jan 2002.  These presentations are co-authored with scientists from UTRC.


Yossi Chait will spend a sabbatical leave during Jan-Aug 2002 at the Technion, Israel, supported by a Lady Davis Fellowship, and at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, supported by a visiting professorship.



Presence at conferences


Ian Grosse attended the ASEE 2001 conference in Albuquerque in June and the DETC 2001

in Pittsburgh to present papers. Due to the terrorist tragedy, though, he was not able to present his DETC paper in Pittsburgh. Ian was able to drive back from Pittsburgh using a rental car on Wednesday Sept 12.

Sampath, A. and Grosse, I.R.,  “FEMAT: A Web based learning environment,”

presented at the ASEE 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM, June 2001.


Shanbhag, S., Grosse, I.R., Wileden, J.C., and Kaplan, A., (2001), “

Meta-Object Based Finite Element Analysis,” Proceedings of DETC'01 ASME

2001,  Paper No. DETC2001/DAC-21062. Automation Conference Track,

Pittsburgh, PA, September 2001.


Shantikumar Nair  is presenting a paper on Toughening Behavior in Nanoscale Polymer

Composites at the Polymer Composites 2001 Meeting in Nov. 2001 in Montreal,



On May 1, 2001, Professor Smith gave a poster presentation at the System-wide Umass Research Compendium on Biotechnology, Bioengineering, and Biomedical applications entitled: Topological Network Design, Steiner Trees, and the Protein Folding Problem held at UMass Boston. Based on his participation and presentation, Professor Smith has been asked to be the chair of a session at the next meeting in Lowell, Massachusetts in the Spring 2002 entitled: Computational Structural Biology.


In late May, Professor Smith visited the 3rd Aegean International Conference on the Analysis and Design of Manufacturing Systems in Tinos Island, Greece, at which he gave an invited talk on Buffer Space Allocation in General Closed Finite Queueing Networks. Professor Smith is also a member of the Scientific Committee for this conference and initiated the development of a Volume in the Annals of Operations Research that will publish papers presented and related to the conference.


In July, Professor Smith gave a talk at the INFORMS Applied Probability Meeting in New York city entitled: M/G/c/K Blocking Probability Models and Systems Performance. This research work is related to the one presented in Tinos Island, Greece.


Robert Gao is co-author of the paper “Acoustic telemetry in injection molding", published in the 2001 Society of Plastics Engineers Annual Technical Conference in Dallas, TX in May, 2001.  The paper was co-authored with David Kazmer and their Ph.D. students Charles (Burt) Theurer and Li Zhang. Another paper entitled "Design of a wireless sensor for injection molding cavity pressure measurement" will be presented at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exhibition in New York, NY in November 2001. The group has also submitted a paper “Fundamental aspects for the design of a self-energized sensor for injection molding process monitoring”, which will be published at the 2002 NSF Design, Service and Manufacturing Grantees and Research Conference, to be held in January, 2002, in Puerto Rico. The papers are based on research findings from the NSF project "Self-Energized Micro Sensors for Process Monitoring of Injection Molding''.


Janis Terpenny has co-authored and presented several papers with colleagues and her graduate students recently. Along with MS student Maria Benson "A Survey of Methods and Approaches to Knowledge Management in the Product Development Environment", was published and presented at the 21st ASME DETC, Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (CIE), September 9-12, 2001. Along with MS student Akshaye Sikand "Collaborative and Distributed Design: Current Status and Research Opportunities", was published in the proceedings of the Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing (FAIM) International Conference, Dublin, Ireland, July 16-18, 2001.  Dr. Terpenny authored and presented a paper "Senior Design Projects to Aid the Disabled" at the ASEE 2001 Conference and Exposition, Albuquerque, New Mexico, June 24-27, 2001 based on work with colleagues Robert Gao, John Ritter, Donald Fisher, and Sundar Krishnamurty.  Along with MS student Kimberly Sward and colleague William G. Sullivan at Virginia Tech, Dr. Terpenny authored and presented "A Virtual Classroom for Teaching the Economic Principles of Engineering Design" also at the ASEE 2001 Conference and Exposition.  With Ph.D. candidate Jiachuan Wang "Agent-based solution synthesis based on imprecise information during preliminary engineering design process", was published and presented at the 10th Annual Industrial Engineering Research Conference IERC-2001, Dallas, Texas, May 20-22, 2001.  Dr. Terpenny also co-lead an NSF sponsored workshop at the ASEE Conference related to the Virtual Classroom project with William Sullivan.  She was also an invited participant in a recent NSF Workshop held at University of California Irvine on Decision Making in Design.



Visiting scholars


In August, Professor Laoucine Kerbache visited for one week in August with Professor Smith. Professor Kerbache is a professor in the HEC business school in Paris, France. Professor Smith and Professor Kerbache are collaborating on the development of a research project for applying queueing networks in supply chain management and design. This work will be presented at the Miami INFORMS meeting in November 2001.


Finally, Professor Frederico Cruz is visiting Professor Smith for a one-year sabbatical from August 2001-August 2002. Professor Cruz is an Assistant Professor in the Statistics Department at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) which is located in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Professor Cruz is working with Professor Smith on  a research project concerning ``Network Design and Stochastic Analysis of M/G/C/C Queues'' which are most useful in the quantitative flow analysis of pedestrian and vehicular traffic networks. Professor Cruz is located in Marston 215, so stop on by.





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