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Chemical Engineering (ChE) undergraduate student Hansen Tjo was recently awarded "Best Presentation” in the Biomolecular Engineering Session at the Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium, hosted by Rice University. Tjo was also a recent awardee at the 2020 Future Leaders in Chemical Engineering Symposium.

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department doctoral students Akansha Singh Bansal and Noman Bashir, both advised b ECE Professor David Irwin, won prizes at the “Lightning Talks Competition” during the Energy Data Analytics Symposium, hosted by the Duke University Data Analytics Lab on December 8 and 9.

Professor Ramakrishna Janaswamy of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department recently released his groundbreaking eBook, Engineering Electrodynamics: A collection of theorems, principles, and field representations, published by IOP Publishing (Institute of Physics).

ONS Voice (website of the Oncology Nursing Society) offered high praise for the pioneering, portable, water-purification system developed by a multidisciplinary UMass research team.

 

Josh McGee and Hansen Tjo, two undergraduates in the UMass Chemical Engineering Department, were awardees at the 2020 Future Leaders in Chemical Engineering Symposium, a national award conference for undergraduate researchers as hosted by North Carolina State University.

Forbes Magazine recently quoted Meghan Huber, an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and director of the Human Robot Systems (HRS) Laboratory, in an article about Walmart ending its contract with a developer of robots to track inventory in its store aisles. After testing and using the technology with approximately 500 robots over the past five years, the company will shift that labor back to human employees.

On November 5, Professor Frank Sup of the UMass Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department was one of 10 presenters at “The Future of Robotics: Research to Commercialization” event, as hosted by MassRobotics and the Mass Tech Collaborative.

Bridget Benner, a doctoral student in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department and an alumna of Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), joined other panelists from the National Institute of Health and Massachusetts General Hospital for a panel discussion on career pathways in STEM on November 19. The event was part of BHCC's second annual Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Day, and the topic of the discussion was “Promoting Women in Science.”

Nianqiang (Nick) Wu, the Armstrong/Siadat Endowed Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department, has been named to the “2020 Highly Cited Researchers” list. This coveted list, which serves as a “who’s who” of influential researchers, identifies scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated significant influence through publication of multiple papers, highly cited by their peers, during the last decade.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst ADVANCE Program has awarded a competitive collaborative research seed grant to Associate Professor Shelly Peyton of the Chemical Engineering Department and Assistant Professor Michelle Farkas of the Chemistry Department. Their ADVANCE research will develop a new tool for studying, stopping, and reversing the immunosuppression of the immune system in patients with cancer and other diseases.

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