MIE SPRING FACULTY NEWSLETTER
Awards, Grants, and Recognition
Joe Goldstein, Dean of Engineering and a faculty
member in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering,
has been named a Distinguished Professor. For more information
Congratulations Dean Goldstein!
Professor Robert Hyers has recently received a couple of one-year
renewable grants: one from
MIT for his collaboration on their NASA flight experiment
on phase selection in stainless steels; and one from Washington
University in St. Louis for his collaboration on their NASA
flight experiment on nucleation and growth in quasicrystal-forming
alloys. He has also received a one-year grant from Wash. U.
to continue his involvement with synchrotron x-ray diffraction
measurements aimed at determining the evolution of the structure
of liquid metals and semiconductors, including quasicrystal-forming
alloys and a Faculty Research Grant for work on bioceramics.
He had papers appear in Metallurgical and Materials Transactions
B, the Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, and the Journal of Materials
Erin Baker received a Faculty Research Grant to
develop a stochastic, dynamic optimization model in order to
determine optimal R&D expenditures on low-carbon technologies
in the face of uncertainty about climate change.
Jonathan Rothstein has been selected to be one of
the recipients of the 2003 3M Nontenured Faculty Awards. The
award is sponsored by the 3M Corporation. It is intended
to provide support for nontenured faculty and to encourage recipients
to develop an awareness of 3M and their research. The
program will provide unrestricted funds of $15,000 per year
for up to three years for Dr. Rothstein’s research.
Steve Malkin is spending his sabbatical as Visiting
Lady Davis Professor in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
at Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.
Ambs has been selected by the US Department of Energy
to be the Faculty Advisor for the Industrial Assessment Center
Student Steering Committee. The IAC Student Steering Committee consists
of seven Lead Students from the 25 Industrial Assessment Centers
supported by DOE. They
will meet regularly to provide feedback and input to DOE on
Recently NSF requested Power Point slides related
to research performed by Tom Blake and Karl Jakus on "Collection and
Classification of Ultra-Fine and Nano-Scale
Powders." The agency intends to showcase this research
to exemplify NSF supported research relevant to homeland security.
See below for an example of the slides:
In the News
Professor Byung Kim
and two graduate students in MIE, Justin
Piccirillo and Tom Kimerling,
entered a nationwide business plan competition (740 teams) and
have been chosen as one of twenty finalist teams who get to
compete for up to three million dollars in April 26 in NY.
They are competing with people from renowned business schools,
such as Harvard, Wharton, Columbia, UC Berkeley, Northwestern
University, Princeton and others. We wish them luck! Read
on for more details…
COATINGS OF UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AT AMHERST
AS A FINALIST IN THE NATION’S LARGEST START-UP
FOR UNIVERSITY ENTREPRENEURS
compete for a chance to share up to $3 million in funding offers,
plus one team member to be named Forbes Magazine’s Future Capitalist
MA. April 7, 2003 – Lambda Coatings of University of Massachusetts
at Amherst has been selected as one of the finalists in the
Carrot Capital Business Plan Challenge (“Challenge”), a nationwide
business plan competition geared towards helping university
entrepreneurs get their businesses funded. Lambda Coatings will
compete against 19 other teams from many of the leading schools
across the country for a shot at winning funding for their business,
as well one lucky person will be crowned Forbes Magazine’s Future
Capitalist. The Grand Prize winning team will open The NASDAQ
Stock Market on Tuesday, April 29th, which
will be televised to millions around the globe. According to
Lambda Coatings’ business plan, the company is a startup leveraging
innovations in nanotechnology to create anti-reflective and
self-cleaning products. Using its patented processes, Lambda
Coatings manufactures and markets products that revolutionize
industries and significantly change the cost of manufacturing,
relative to current methods. These products include self-cleaning
surfaces, energy saving windows, and energy efficient photovoltaic
panels and anti-reflective display sheets. Lambda Coatings team
members are invited to New York City on Saturday, April 26th to present their business plans
to a celebrated panel of finalist judges made up of distinguished
business and thought leaders, including Santanu Das, President,
CEO & Chairman of the Board of TranSwitch Corporation (NASDAQ:
TXCC); Tom Potter, CEO of Brooklyn Brewery; Udayan Gupta, former
Wall Street Journal reporter and author of the best seller Done Deals; Alex
Mashinsky, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Elematics;
and Dan Weinfurter, founder of Inc. 500’s number one fastest
growing company for 2000, Parson Group.
a senior IE student, who is president of SWE, IIE, and Alpha
Pi Mu, has been selected by the National Science Foundation
for an NSF Graduate Research Honorable Mention. According
to NSF "Honorable Mention in the NSF Graduate Research
Fellowship Program is considered a significant academic achievement
nationwide." Students are recognized on the NSF web
site and have access to national computing facilities. See http://www.ehr.nsf.gov/dge/programs/grf/#desc
for more information. Congratulations Julia!
Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Renewable Energy Research laboratory
The last 6 months has seen an enormous amount
of activity in the field of wind energy in Massachusetts.
The Renewable Energy Research Laboratory (RERL), the
nation’s leading academic wind energy research laboratory, is
at the heart of this activity and has been involved in a growing
number of initiatives involving wind power in the state.
Coastal Wind Energy Conference
RERL presented a conference entitled Wind Power
in New England Islands and Coastal Communities:
Wind Energy on the Community Scale.
Experts from around country addressed more than 100 community
members from around New England, providing the background needed
to understand all phases of community-scale wind power.
Topics included wind power technology, zoning, legal
issues, financial issues, and power marketing.
From RERL, presentations were given by Jim
Manwell, Tony Rogers, Sally Wright,
and Mohit Dua.
The conference was sponsored by the US Department of
Energy and Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources, Presentations
and agenda can be found at http://www.ceere.org/rerl/events/ne_islands_2002/index.html.
RERL has been contracted by MTC, the administers
of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust (MRET), to provide
wide variety of technical support related to the planning, promotion,
and implementation of wind power in Massachusetts.
When you pay your electric bill, you’ll notice a small
charge for “renewable energy.”
These charges provide the funds for MRET.
Boston Harbor Islands
RERL, along with the Urban Harbors Institute
of UMass-Boston and the Island Alliance, is currently working
with the owners and managers of Boston Harbor islands to provide
technical support and project coordination as they consider
the development of renewable energy on islands in Boston Harbor.
The year-long study is supported by MRET and will result
in a predevelopment guide to be used by the island owners.
Wind Energy Predevelopment Support Program
In its first year of operation, the Wind Energy
Predevelopment Support (WEPS) program, run by RERL, will loan
anemometers to about 8 community, non-profits organization,
and small land owner applicants across the state of Massachusetts
who are interested in pursuing community-scale wind power.
The anemometer towers are scheduled to be installed this
spring. Other predevelopment support, such as public
education and economic feasibility, will be offered on a case-by-case
basis. For more information
of the WEPS program, please visit www.ceere.org/rerl/projects/support/weps.html.
In addition to those given at the conference
on coastal wind energy, several members of the lab have recently
given presentations. These include:
Manwell (Research Professor):
- National Renewable Energy Research Laboratory, Golden,
CO - research needs for onshore & offshore wind in the
- National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC - An Overview
of the Technology Economics and Opportunities of Offshore
- International Electrotechnical Committee, Amsterdam,
NL - Development of design standards for offshore wind turbines
- New England Governor’s Conference, Renewable Energy
Opportunities for New England.
- Northeastern University Lecture Series, Boston, MA -
Community-Scale Wind Energy – Town of Nahant, MA.
- Oil and Gas Industry Research Meeting, Houston, TX -
Offshore Wind Power and Submarine Transmission presented to
- Introduction of the predevelopment project for renewable
energies on Boston Harbor Islands – presented to the Massachusetts
state legislators. Please
see the project description for more information.
- Waquoit Bay National Estuary Research Reserve, Green
House Series, Falmouth, MA Residential-Scale Wind Energy.
- Public Forum on Wind Power - A Community meeting, Florida,
MA and Monroe, MA. Negotiating
with a wind energy developer for the installation of 25-30
MW of wind turbines.
- Nantucket Sound Stakeholder Meetings, US Army Corps
of Engineers, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Cape
Cod MA - Technical Issues for the Cape Wind Offshore Wind
Elkinton (Grad Student):
- Williams College Weekly Colloquium Series, Williamstown,
MA - Deep-Water Offshore Wind Energy.
To learn more about RERL, please visit www.ceere.org/rerl/index.html.
Industrial Assessment Center
US DOE Federal Energy Management
Program Resource Conservation Assessment
In January, graduate
students and professional staff from the University of Massachusetts
Industrial Assessment Center (Center for Energy Efficiency and
Renewable Energy) conducted an energy, waste, and productivity
assessment at the United States Mint in Philadelphia. The assessment
was completed at the request of the Federal Energy Management
Program to reduce the operating costs of the facility.
The U.S. Mint in
Philadelphia produces 65 to 80 million coins per day for circulation
as well as collectibles, and the dies used in production. The
facility encloses 517,200 square feet of floor space and. last
year consumed 173.4 billion Btu of energy (combined electricity,
steam, and natural gas) at a cost of $2.87 million. The manufacturing
processes observed at the Mint include blanking (punching coin-sized
blanks from flat alloy sheet), annealing (relieves cold work
resulting from blanking), washing and drying, upsetting (applies
texture to edge of coin), striking (imprinting of the coin face),
inspection, counting, and bagging. The equipment employed in
these processes, as well as the building itself, provide opportunities
for more efficient use of energy and labor, and reductions in
generated waste. Recommendations
with cost saving totaling over $700,000 will be compiled into
a detailed report that will be provided to the Department of
Optimization Steam System Performance
and cosponsored this conference with US DOE, and the Alliance
to Save Energy on April 1, 2003.
The conference, attended by 50 people from industry,
consultants and the public sector, was held at the Hynes Convention
Center, Boston, MA and preceded the Global Con Expo. The program included an introduction to Best
Practices Steam, an overview of Best Practices Steam reference
documents and software and management guides for conducting
self-led steam optimization programs.
Tours of steam systems at MIT and the Christian Science
Plaza were attended in the afternoon.
Partnership with MA Executive Office of Environmental Affairs
to support the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental
Affairs (EOEA) in their efforts to promote the commercialization
of innovative technology for pollution prevention.
Susan Guswa and Dr. Eric Winkler lead the
Technology Team for the Strategic Envirotechnology Partnership
(STEP), the Mercury Elimination Program, and the Stormwater
Innovative Technology Evaluators (SITEs) program. Project highlights from the last few months include:
Truckstop Electrification Technology
Guswa recently completed a preliminary review for EOEA of
IdleAire’s truck stop electrification (TSE) technology. IdleAire devised a system to provide grid-powered
heat, air conditioning, electrical connections, and internet
access to truck cabs parked at truck stops as an alternative
to idling truck engines. IdleAire’s
TSE technology may have a significant net reduction of air emission
pollutants compared to truck idling.
Stormwater Verification Program Commenced
Guswa of CEERE recently supervised a pilot demonstration
protocol, developed by Dr. Eric Winkler, on a multiyear stormwater
treatment control technology verification program. Field sampling is scheduled to begin this spring
on the Innovative Stormwater Technology Verification Study,
which will evaluate the performance of three innovative stormwater
treatment technologies: StormTreatTM, HIL Downstream Defender, and
VortechsTM. The study
is a partnership between Costal Zone Management, Massachusetts
Department of Environmental Protection, and the University of
Massachusetts and is funded through the Clean Water Act 319
stormwater grant program. CEERE
developed the Quality Assurance Project Plan for the project
and will be involved in analysis of the field data and preparation
of the project report.
Verification of Dental Amalgam Separators Under Way
Guswa of CEERE is developing a technology transfer report
called a Greenbook that summarizes the performance of the Metasys
dental amalgam separation technology.
Dental amalgam has been identified both in Massachusetts
and nationwide as a significant source of mercury in wastewater.
Mercury accounts for approximately half of the dental
amalgam alloy composition. The Metasys technology uses sedimentation to
separate dental amalgam particles from the waste stream in the
- University Partnership with MA DEP, MACZM, and MA Highways
The Stormwater Innovation Technology Evaluation
Teams (SITEs) includes representatives from EOEA, Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP), Massachusetts Highway Department
(MHD), and UMass. The team reviews and recommends stormwater
policy and guidance. The
team is currently managing a program that provides technical
assistance as well as direct outreach to communities and permit
writers on innovative best management practice (BMP) technologies.
Dr. Eric Winkler and Susan Guswa have been providing
technical support to the regulatory and policy activities coming
out of the group. More
than 50 technologies have been identified for potential evaluations
on their performance capabilities, and development of technology
transfer materials and information on the most promising technologies.
Building Energy Efficiency
Program Conference Activities
of this year Dr. Charlie Curcija chaired the ASHREA Symposium
on “Advancements in Fenestration Research “in Chicago, IL.
Dr. Curcija also recently completed the new National Fenestration
Ratings Council “Technical Rating Standards”, and presented
this work at the NFRC National Meeting held in San Antonio,
TX. This work also led
to the upcoming presentation in Lithuania of the International
Standards, and collaboration with NFRC and US DOE, to be held
in Kaunas Lithuania.
Curcija attended the ISO TC163 meetings in Delft, Netherlands,
in March, representing the United States in the development
of standards for energy performance of windows and skylights. Following this meeting he attended the International
Energy Agency (IEA) Task 27 meetings in Lisbon, Portugal Task
27 is an international collaborative research effort in the
field of solar and energy performance of building facades.
Dr. Curcija is the subtask A1 leader and chaired
sessions reporting on the progress of research efforts under
the sponsorship of United States Department of Energy (DOE).
This winter Dr. Curcija was a leading
organizer for the upcoming May workshop on energy performance
of windows to be held in three Russian Cities, St Petersburg,
Moscow, and Rostov. Dr. Curcija will be supervising the computer workshops, where
the participants will be learning how to use computer tools
for energy performance of windows developed in the United States
with the help of Dr. Curcija (THERM, WINDOW and RESFEN).