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Alumnus Gary Lapidus has gifted $500,000 to establish an endowed fund supporting faculty excellence in the department of chemical engineering. The Gary R. Lapidus Faculty Fund will support one faculty member for a renewable five-year term, providing resources for summer stipends, other research and teaching expenses, and professional travel.

The university’s Cybersecurity Institute has secured a $4.4 million five-year NSF grant to continue its CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS). Co-investigators include Dan Holcomb and Wayne Burleson, both of electrical and computer engineering.

Marvin O. Schlanger ‘72MS & Eva (Listman) Schlanger ‘70MA recently directed a generous gift from the Schlanger Family Foundation to the UMass Amherst College of Engineering, extending their support for assistant professor Lauren Andrews, the Marvin and Eva Schlanger Faculty Fellow in Chemical Engineering. 

The College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been ranked in a seven-way tie for No. 56 overall and No. 30 among public engineering programs (five-way tie) in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 rankings. The college also retains its status as the No. 1 public engineering program in New England.

The UMass Amherst iCons Program has selected Wei Fan, the Edward S. Price Faculty Fellow in Chemical Engineering, as their 2021-2022 iCons Teaching Fellow.

Professor Ian R. Grosse (MIE) is retiring after more than 30 years of productive service to UMass Amherst. Among many other honors, Grosse is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).  Most recently, he has served as associate head of biomedical engineering focused on ABET accreditation preparations for this new program.

Assistant Professor Siyuan Rao of the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department is currently working on a prestigious, three-year, $747,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support her groundbreaking research on the neural circuitry mechanism of autism spectrum disorders.

 

After more than 13 successful and productive years at the College of Engineering and the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, Dr. Richard N. Palmer is retiring. Professor Palmer, who stepped down as head of the CEE department in September of 2019, has been serving as the university director of the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (NE CASC) since he led its founding in 2012.

This fall the College of Engineering welcomes three very talented new faculty members to its ranks: Zachary (Zack) Westgate of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department as an associate professor; Robert (Bob) Niffenegger of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department as an assistant professor; and Stacyann Bailey of the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department as an assistant professor.

Alumnus Parag Patel, who graduated from the UMass Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in 2004, is the co-founder and chief operating officer of Invoiced, a leading accounts receivable automation platform, which was just named to the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies. Inc. claims that its 5000 List is the most prestigious ranking of its kind for rating emerging companies.

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