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May 2003


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 see:

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 Science Letters.


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.


Professor Lawrence 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 IAC operations.


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…





Teams 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


Sunderland, 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.




Julia Sullivan, 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 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


MRET Contract

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


Recent Presentations

In addition to those given at the conference on coastal wind energy, several members of the lab have recently given presentations.  These include:


Jim Manwell (Research Professor):

  • National Renewable Energy Research Laboratory, Golden, CO - research needs for onshore & offshore wind in the US.
  • National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC - An Overview of the Technology Economics and Opportunities of Offshore Wind Farms.
  • International Electrotechnical Committee, Amsterdam, NL - Development of design standards for offshore wind turbines
  • New England Governor’s Conference, Renewable Energy Opportunities for New England.

Sally Wright (Staff):

  • 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 an.
  • 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.

Tony Rogers (Staff):

  • Nantucket Sound Stakeholder Meetings, US Army Corps of Engineers, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Cape Cod MA - Technical Issues for the Cape Wind Offshore Wind Farm.

Chris Elkinton (Grad Student):

  • Williams College Weekly Colloquium Series, Williamstown, MA - Deep-Water Offshore Wind Energy.


To learn more about RERL, please visit


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 the Treasury.




Optimization Steam System Performance Conference

CEERE organized 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.


CEERE Partnership with MA Executive Office of Environmental Affairs

CEERE continues 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 Reviewed

Susan 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.


Northshore Stormwater Verification Program Commenced

Susan 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.


Performance Verification of Dental Amalgam Separators Under Way

Susan 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 dental offices.


Stormwater - 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


In January 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.


Dr. Charlie 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).





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