Celebrating Our Donors: Research and Programs

Support Research and Programs

The College of Engineering is focused on activities designed to create the engineering leaders of tomorrow. Investment in key programs that support and enhance this effort is a key goal for the college. In that respect, our Diversity Program’s Office, Career Planning and Student Development Center, and Summer Research Experience are very high priorities. These programs provide the infrastructure, support, and training needed to launch our students into their future careers.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for e-Design in the College of Engineering announced that it has received an in-kind software grant from Siemens PLM Software, a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, with a commercial value of nearly $2.3 million. The grant was provided by Siemens PLM Software’s Global Opportunities in PLM (GO PLM™ initiative), a program that delivers PLM technology to more than one million students yearly at more than 11,000 global institutions, where it is used at every academic level – from grade schools to graduate engineering research programs.

On April 17, FACTbase, a team of students, alumni, and faculty  entrepreneurs marketing a new technology that will save the oil industry and climate scientists time and money, won the grand prize of $25,000 at the seventh annual University of Massachusetts Innovation Challenge. Plate Technologies, which delivers precision instrumentation for rapid success of biological-cell-culture-based experiments, won $14,000 at the event, while Sweet Seat, pitching a premium bicycle seat that delivers comfort through design, took home $8,000. Not to be outdone, Sneakers for Success, a non-profit organization which uses the so-called “sneaker culture” of urban lifestyle to motivate under-privileged youth toward academic success, won three prizes totaling $8,250.

“According to a new study of 36 million Facebook profiles, 3,337 company founders and CEOs across all industries hold an advanced degree in engineering, while 1,016 have advanced business degrees.” This news was reported in an article entitled “Move over MBAs: Here Come the Engineers” in the January 31 edition of the Wall Street Journal. That’s the kind of reality that motivated the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department to add a powerful leadership component to its curriculum, the brand new Engineering Leadership, Innovation, Teaching, and Entrepreneurship (ELITE) Program. The ELITE Program will equip some of the department’s best and brightest students with the leadership, entrepreneurial, and communications skills to expand the pool of engineers who become CEOs, founding officers, supervisors, directors, managers, and teachers.