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Robert Coolman, a graduate student in chemical engineering in the research laboratory of George Huber, discussed his research on building and using biofuels reactions to create green gasoline and critical industrial petrochemicals during a long interview on Livescience.com, a website supported by the National Science Foundation to publicize its funded research. Using a combination of experiments and mathematical models, Coolman designs and builds biofuel reactors and studies how the chemicals that make up plants...

Senior chemical engineering student Niva Ran is the lead author of a cover story entitled “Organic single-crystal lawns” for an upcoming issue of Materials Today, the international review magazine for all researchers with an interest in materials science and technology. Her co-authors are postdoctoral scholar Qingshuo Wei and Assistant Professor Alejandro L. Briseño from the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering. “I should mention that she did an exceptional job in my group in just one year,” said Professor Briseño.“She published two papers and has one in preparation. We...

Kasey Packard Smart, an undergraduate researcher in our Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, was a member of UMass Amherst biologist Duncan J. Irschick’s lab, which developed “Beastcam,” a multi-armed platform of cameras and a computer system that can rapidly and easily create 3D models of living animals and other objects. Beastcam was co-founded by Irschick, UMass Amherst polymer scientist Al Crosby, Smart, and Smart’s fellow undergraduate Dylan Briggs. Now Beastcam is attracting international media coverage, including an article in the Boston...

As the baseball season approaches with the speed of a 98 mph fastball, we are reminded that batting .500 would be a Hall of Fame batting average for anyone. That’s exactly what the College of Engineering will be hitting on April 7, when up to $65,000 in funding will be at stake during the annual Shark Tank-style contest taking place at the University of Massachusetts Innovation Challenge Final Competition. There, three of the six finalists will be teams featuring engineering students! You can be there to hear the final teams pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges who...

Doctoral student Shirin Montazeri of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department won the first prize in the electronics area of the Applied Superconductivity Conference Best Student Paper Contest, held on September 5 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The title of her winning paper was “A 220 GHz Compact SIS Receiver Module Utilizing a Broadband High-Gain Ultra-Low-Power IF Amplifier.”

The award was accompanied by a $750 cash award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Council on Superconductivity and an inscribed...

Saranthip Rattanaserikiat is a role model for all those students who arrive at the College of Engineering in search of the exact path they might want to take as a professional engineer. Saranthip is like the hiker in Robert Frost’s poem, The Road Not Taken, who arrives at a fork and studies each one to see which is the right way home. Except, in Saranthip’s case, she has taken several “paths” simultaneously. Her itinerary has included: the college’s Engineering-Management Minor; the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); the concrete canoe, steel...

Two of the seven teams competing in April for the finals of the University of Massachusetts Innovation Challenge are from the College of Engineering. This year-long series of entrepreneurial competitions will climax on April 6 at 5:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Amherst Room, when the seven teams of finalists will be competing for $65,000 in funding to support their ventures. Thus far, during the 12th year of the annual Innovation Challenge, 61 pitches have been heard, and a total of $17,000 has been awarded to promising and enterprising ventures. The two engineering teams will be pitching...

Walter Everett Brown, a computer systems engineering and computer science major in the class of 2016, has been chosen by Research Next as one of the four 2014 “Rising Researchers” at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Brown’s faculty advisor is Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Professor Maciej Ciesielski. Research Next is a UMass website and netzine which reports on “the research, scholarship, and creative activity that distinguishes UMass Amherst as a top research university.” Jessica Boakye of the Civil...

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