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The UMass Amherst College of Engineering is proud to announce the recipients of its 2021 outstanding alumni awards. Awardees represent the college’s five departments, and include five Distinguished Alumni and five Outstanding Young Alumni.  There will be an evening of conversation with recipients on Thursday, April 29, 2021, 6:00pm, with the theme of Impact of Mentorship for the Future of Engineering. The discussion will be facilitated by Dean Sanjay Raman.

The College of Engineering has chosen Professor Friederike Jentoft of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department to receive the 2020-2021 Outstanding Senior Faculty Award. The college has also selected Assistant Professor Colin J. Gleason of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department and Assistant Professor Jun Yao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department as the co-recipients of the 2020-2021 Barbara H. and Joseph J. Goldstein Outstanding Junior Faculty Award.

Assistant Professor Omar Abdelrahman of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department has received a five-year, $500,000 grant from the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development (CAREER) Program to develop dynamic catalysts that can utilize renewable electricity to generate more environmentally sound and inexpensive chemical production. Specifically, his NSF research will attempt to transform the electrochemical oxidation of hydrocarbons into oxygenates.

Jessica Boakye, lecturer, civil and environmental engineering, and Yanfei Xu, assistant professor, mechanical and industrial engineering, have been named 2021-22 Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity and Equity (TIDE) Ambassadors faculty fellows. Read more