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Jody Goodman, a former Program Coordinator with the Diversity Programs Office (DPO) in the College of Engineering and currently the Assistant Director for Leadership and Community Service with the Office of Student Activities and Involvement here at UMass Amherst, has been chosen as the new Director of Student Success at the college. Goodman is expected to assume the newly created position on March 9.

As the Director of Student Success, Goodman will implement and coordinate programs to enhance the academic success of all undergraduate students in the College of Engineering as...

Assistant Professor Boris Lau of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded a grant of $500,000 from the prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program to study the behavior of natural and engineered nanoparticles in our waterways and water supplies. Lau’s CAREER project will not only inform the scientists who synthesize nanoparticles how to design them to be more environmentally friendly, but it will also provide invaluable information for removing nanoparticles in water...

Paul Dornath, a chemical engineering graduate student in Professor Wei Fan’s lab, has recently published articles in two high impact journals in the field of biomass catalysis and Li-O2 batteries. Dornath was first author on a publication in Green Chemistry (impact factor 6.85, http://pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/ArticleLanding/2015/GC/c4gc02187h#!divAbstract). Dornath’s article was highlighted by the journal as cover art.

The research described by Dornath in this article pursued the...

The UMass Amherst Research Next website has published an article about researchers Casey Brown, Patrick Ray and Sungwook Wi – part of the Hydrological Systems Research Group led by Brown in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department – who have received the Climate Science Service Award from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), which recognizes their contributions to developing a climate change vulnerability assessment for...

College of Engineering Dean Tim Anderson has announced the promotion of longtime college administrator Cheryl Brooks to a key new position as Assistant Dean for Experiential Learning and Corporate Relations. Cheryl has served as the Director of Career Planning and Student Development, running an office known familiarly as the “career center,” for the past seven years.

As Dean Anderson said, “Cheryl was the second director of the center, which helps our undergraduate and graduate students develop interviewing skills and facilitates their placement in industry, graduate school,...