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College of Engineering Dean Sanjay Raman has announced that faculty members Joseph BardinSong GaoCarlton L. Ho, P.E.Matthew A. LacknerJenna MarquardYahya Modarres-SadeghiHossein Pishro-NikAshwin Ramasubramaniam, and Michael Zink have all been promoted to Full Professor.

The UMass Board of Trustees has approved three additional tenure appointments in the College of engineering for Chaitra Gopalappa and Jae-Hwang Lee of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, along with Sarah Perry of the Chemical Engineering Department.

Jessica Schiffman, associate professor (ChE), is collaborating with researchers at the University of Maine to develop a novel bio-inspired membrane that can capture COVID-19 airborne droplets. The goal of the research is to develop an insert into an air filtration system to capture virus-containing droplets to make collection and analysis easier.

Anna Goldstein, a senior research fellow in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, commented in an article by David Roberts on Vox based on the theme that getting to net-zero carbon emissions will require rapid, radical innovation.

 

Wen Chen (MIE) is PI on a three-year, $345,470 NSF grant to investigate microscale residual stresses in additively manufactured stainless steel. Additive manufacturing, also called 3D printing, could be a key technology for the manufacture of stainless-steel engineering components in automotive, aerospace, defense, biomedical, and other industries if certain “disruptive” aspects can be alleviated.

In the AIChE interview, Peyton is asked to “tell us a bit about your experience as an out LGBTQIA+ professional working in engineering.” She replies that “My experience has been fantastic. I have been blessed to have amazing, supportive, and collaborative colleagues...When I was looking for tenure-track jobs, being able to work at an excellent institution while also living in a welcoming area was very important to me."

The NSF has awarded Principal Investigator Michale Zink (ECE) a two-year, $750,000 grant to develop new architectures and tools for the safe, efficient, and economic operation of drones - a vital project called FlyNet.

College of Engineering members Eric Crawley and Melissa Paciulli are the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence of the 2020 Collegiate Summer Venture Program (CSVP), hosted by the UMass Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship and the Valley Venture Mentors.

 

Nianqiang “Nick” Wu, the Armstrong-Siadat Endowed Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department, has received the prestigious Sensor Division Outstanding Achievement Award from the Electrochemical Society (ECS). The award was created in 1989 to recognize outstanding achievement in research and/or technical contributions to the field of sensors and to encourage work excellence in the field. 

Kara Parks Fontenot, Ph.D., a lecturer in the College of Engineering Junior Year Writing Program, is part of a team that has received a UMass Amherst ADVANCE Mutual Mentoring Grant for 2020-21. Fontenot is on a team composed of 10 Junior Year Writing faculty members from various UMass colleges and departments who are working to integrate classroom and online learning more effectively through digitally enhanced, face-to-face, hybrid, and/or completely online courses, which will prove absolutely invaluable during the coronavirus crisis.

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