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A so-called breathalyzer-like test for COVID-19 detection is receiving plenty of support from the federal government to help curtail the pandemic impacting millions of people worldwide. Professor Jonathan P. Rothstein of the UMass Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department is part of an interdisciplinary team of eight researchers from UCLA, UMass Amherst, and Northeastern University (NEU) that recently received a $200,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support work aimed at commercializing the team’s groundbreaking collection and detection device for COVID-19 and other viruses.

Erin Baker – a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, the associate dean for the College of Engineering, the director of the UMass Wind Energy Fellows, and the faculty director of the Energy Transition Initiative – is one of five researchers from UMass Amherst who, as a team, have been selected to receive a one-year, $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) “10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments” program.

The College of Engineering recently held a highly productive Community Engagement Panel, composed of four engineering students, as one of its continuing initiatives “to promote racial and social justice in engineering, particularly in the context of the Black Lives Matter movement,” according to Engineering Engagement Specialist Dr. Stephen Fernandez of the College of Engineering. The panel considered a wide-ranging agenda for promoting “Justice Engineering,” or action-based steps to evolve the culture of engineering. 

Watch a video of the Community Engagement Panel »

Government funding and support for clean energy technology give startup companies in that field an “innovation advantage,” according to a new paper and a policy brief published by lead author Anna Goldstein, a senior research fellow in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and director of the UMass Energy Transition Initiative.

Despite the pandemic, the year 2020 has proven to be an amazingly productive year for Jun Yao, an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department and an adjunct faculty member in the Biomedical Engineering Department.

Associate Professor Wei Fan of the Chemical Engineering Department has been appointed as the inaugural recipient of the Edward S. Price Chemical Engineering Faculty Fellowship at UMass Amherst for a three-year term.

The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees has named Associate Professor Shelly Peyton of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department as the newest Armstrong Professional Development Professor.  The professorship is awarded for a three-year period “to a faculty member who is at the beginning of his/her career and has demonstrated substantial achievement and great promise in his/her area of teaching and research.

Raytheon Technologies has just released three interrelated videos of the storm-chasing research carried out by faculty and students of the Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory, in collaboration with faculty and students from Purdue University while chasing tornadoes and severe thunderstorms throughout the Midwest and deploying a sophisticated Raytheon radar prototype unit known as Skyler.

Researchers at the Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) contributed to a recent successful joint demonstration in Fort Worth, Texas, of an unmanned aircraft system by Bell Textron Inc. and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Maintaining our ABET accreditation reaffirms the quality and impact of a UMass Amherst engineering education.  ABET accreditation assures that programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies, and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.

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