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Named Chairs/Professorships


Armstrong Professional Development Professorship

To encourage the development of young faculty who demonstrate substantial achievement and great promise in teaching and their area of research
 

Shelly PeytonShelly Peyton
Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

Research expertise in novel biomaterial platforms
Peyton studies how a variety of different cell types are able to process information from biochemical and biophysical cues from the extracellular matrix (ECM) and make decisions about migration and phenotype.

*Previously held by: Erin Baker, Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

 


 

Armstrong/Siadat Endowed Professorship in Materials Science

To establish and support research programs in the field of materials science
 

Nianqiang (Nick) Wu
Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering

Research expertise in nanostructured materials science.
Wu studies biosensing and photodynamic therapy (precision medicine); photocatalysts and photoelectrochemical cells for environmental and energy sustainability; and electrochemical energy storage.


 

 


 

Dev Gupta Professorship Fund

To support new areas of inquiry and encourage risk-taking and entrepreneurial pursuits in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
 

Guangyu Xu
Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research expertise in the area of signal processing and biomedical imaging.
The revolutionary research in Xu’s Integrated Nanobiotechnology Laboratory aims to build integrated molecule detection and cell imaging tools to study biological sciences and offer new biomedical applications.


 

 


 

Ronnie & Eugene M. Isenberg Endowed Distinguished Professorship in Engineering

To enhance teaching and research between the fields of engineering and business
 

Sundar KrishnamurtySundar Krishnamurty
Professor & Head, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Research expertise in medical device design; engineering design; design optimization and additive manufacturing

Krishnamurty directs the Center for e-Design, an NSF-supported Industry/University Cooperative Research Center focused on intelligent e-design and product realization. Krishnamurty is also the associate director of the Center for Personalized Health Monitoring, which accelerates the development and commercialization of low-cost, multi-function, wearable, wireless sensor systems for personalized health care and biometric monitoring.

*Previously held by: Michael F. Malone, Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement & Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
 

 


 

Endowed Chair in Renewable Energy

To attract a preeminent scholar in the field to provide leadership in positioning both the university and the Commonwealth to take advantage of opportunities in emerging areas of renewable energy.  Established by the state Department of Energy Resources (DOER)
 

Krish Thiagarajan Sharman
Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Research expertise in marine renewable energy and energy producing offshore structures. 
Thiagarajan Sharman’s studies focus on marine renewable energy, including wind, wave, tidal, and thermal energy conversion; hydrodynamics and fluid-structure interaction; marine and offshore platform design; aquaculture engineering; and experimental and computational fluid dynamics.
 

 


 

Terrence Murray Commonwealth Honors College Professor

To expand the Honors College’s capacity to develop innovative interdisciplinary ways of delivering the thesis experience for honors students in STEM fields.
 

Neil G. Anderson
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering



 

 

 

 

 

UMass Distinguished Professors

 

Awarded to full professors who have conducted outstanding research, teaching, and/or public service contributions that are widely recognized; an extraordinary level of productivity and impact in his/her field of study that goes well beyond the existing high expectations for full professors on campus; a level of productivity and impact that has been demonstrated for an extended period of time; pre-eminence in his/her field of study; recognition by professional organizations for outstanding contributions to the field (e.g., receipt of national awards); and other qualities exhibiting excellence.

 

Tim Anderson

 

Timothy Anderson
Chemical Engineering

 

 

 

 

Lixin Gao

Lixin Gao
Electrical and Computer Engineering

 

 

 

 

 

Weibo Gong

 

Weibo Gong
Electrical and Computer Engineering

 

 

 

 

Mike Malone

 

Michael Malone
Chemical Engineering

 

 

 

 

Peter Monson

 

Peter Monson
Chemical Engineering [Emeritus]

 

 

 

 

Henning WinterH. Henning Winter
Chemical Engineering

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faculty Fellows

 

Jessica SchiffmanJessica Schiffman
Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
Professor James M. Douglas Career Development Faculty Fellow
ADVANCE Collaboration & Equity (ACE) Faculty Fellow 2020-21

Research expertise in the area of materials science.
The Schiffman Research Group is an interdisciplinary and imaginative research group that designs and applies “greener” materials toward new solutions to grand challenges in human health.

 


 

Wei Fan in labWei Fan
Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
Edward S. Price Faculty Fellow in Chemical Engineering

Research expertise in porous materials.
The Fan Lab focuses on the rational synthesis of nanoporous materials for biorefinery and drug delivery. The pore structure and size, surface properties and active sites are tailored based on the comprehensive understanding of their crystallization mechanism.

 


 

Lauren AndrewsLauren Andrews
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
Marvin and Eva Schlanger Faculty Fellow in Chemical Engineering

Research expertise in the area of synthetic biology
The Andrews Lab is developing programmable microbes and microbial communities using computational and high-throughput experimental approaches.

 


 

Kara PetermanKara Peterman
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
ADVANCE Collaboration & Equity (ACE) Faculty Fellow 2020-21

Research expertise in the resilience of steel structures
A structural engineering experimentalist, Peterman has examined resilience from both a natural hazards and sustainability perspective —testing steel systems ranging from the connection-level to full scale buildings.
 

 


 

Sanjay ArwadeSanjay Arwade
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Public Engagement Faculty Fellow 2020-21

Research expertise in uncertainty quantification in structural and solid mechanics.
Arwade conducts research to improve the quality of offshore wind energy infrastructure. Society benefits from this research by having access to a clean, renewable, secure, and reliable energy source. Industry and the federal and state governments partner to realize the potential of offshore wind and supporting that partnership is the key goal of his public engagement plan.

 


 

Seth DonahueSeth Donahue
Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
ADVANCE Collaboration & Equity (ACE) Faculty Fellow 2020-21

The Donahue lab studies the biology, physiology, and mechanics of bone and horn from animals that have adapted to extreme environmental conditions. We also use more traditional laboratory rodent models to study the etiology and treatments for osteoporosis, and tissue engineering approaches to regenerating new bone tissue.

 


 

Marco DuarteMarco Duarte
Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
ADVANCE Collaboration & Equity (ACE) Faculty Fellow 2020-21

Duarte’s research focuses on signal and image processing, compressive sensing, dimensionality reduction, machine learning, computational imaging, distributed sensing, and sensor networks.

 

 


 

Yanfei XuYanfei Xu
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
ADVANCE Collaboration & Equity (ACE) Faculty Fellow 2020-21

Xu’s interdisciplinary research focuses on exploring fundamental relationships between material structures and properties at an atomic level; engineering polymers and carbon-based nanomaterials to improve thermal, electrical and optical properties; translating materials into integrated devices and systems by leveraging advanced manufacturing; and enhancing functionality during manufacturing.