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On April 7, when the ninth annual University of Massachusetts Innovation Challenge final business plan competition was held, mDiagnostics, the  team from the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, garnered $15,000 in prize money to support development and marketing of its reliable, portable, single-use, low-cost, Hepatitis C screening device. The team was led by ECE doctoral student Akshaya Shanmugam and guided by her ECE faculty advisor Christopher Salthouse. The Innovation Challenge success only adds to an impressive list of honors earned by Shanmugam over the past two...

Civil Engineering Major Jessica Boakye has been honored as a 2013-2014 “Rising Researcher” by Research Next, the UMass Amherst publication and website that recognizes the outstanding research, scholarship, and creativity of the students and faculty on campus. Boakye’s work recently won her a spot as one of the “New Faces of Civil Engineering” in the nation by the American Society of Civil Engineers, which annually honors 10 students throughout the United States. The Rising Researcher Award was...

Melissa Paciulli, a Ph.D. candidate in Transportation Engineering in our Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, recently received the Women in Transportation (WTS) Boston Ann M. Hershfang Graduate Scholarship. She was also nominated for the Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship, offered through WTS International. The Hershfang Graduate Scholarship is awarded to a woman currently enrolled in a graduate program within a transportation-related field with plans to pursue a career in the transportation industry. Puciulli is the program manager for the Massachusetts Cooperative...

Over Spring Break, from March 11 to March 18, a group of four chemical engineering sophomores painted and repaired damaged houses in New Orleans as part of the ServeUP InterVarsity Christian Fellowship program, a ministry of campuses in New England committed to exposing students to the intersection of faith and service. The four ChE students joined two teams of 14 students from UMass Amherst and about 66 students from the Five College area in the annual service program. The four ChE students were Bryan Chua, Navin Sundaramurthy, Ricardo Valdes, and Kyaw Htet Paing.

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Many important international media sources continue to pick up the story of scientists at UMass Amherst – led by biologist Duncan Irschick and including two mechanical engineering undergraduates – who created the Beastcam Array, a rapid-capture, field-portable, tabletop system for making high-resolution, full-color, 3D models of living organisms. See recent articles: The Times [U.K.], BBC,...

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...

Each year seniors from the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst present, display, and demonstrate some 24 clever and useful electronic inventions for the public. This year five teams of senior ECE majors won the nine prizes given out for the event. The Senior Design Day Faculty Awards were given, in order, to: braillebook , SHARC (Simulated Hand & Arm Remote Control), Sauron, and SigninGlove. Then the IEEE People’s Choice Awards went to Sauron, braillebook, BRO (Basketball Return Optimizer), SHARC, and SigninGlove....

Rising sophomore Shuaib Balogun of the Chemical Engineering Department has been chosen to receive a scholarship by the American Chemical Society. He carried a cumulative GPA of 3.97 during his freshman year at UMass Amherst. Balogun has been educated at Concord College (Shrewsbury, Shropshire) in the United Kingdom for his A levels and at Day Waterman College (Abeokuta, Nigeria) for his GCSES.

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