Professors John E. Tobiason and David A. Reckhow of the UMass Civil and Environmental Engineering Department were the co-principal investigators/directors of the UMass Amherst implementation for the MassDEP-funded “Massachusetts Assistance Program for Lead in School Drinking Water” (see report), which was covered extensively on May 3 through May 5 by three long feature articles in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. See Gazette, 5/3/17, Gazette, 5/4/17, and Gazette 5/5/17. Tobiason also did a presentation on the report’s findings at the Annual Water Quality Symposium of the New England Water Works Association on May 10.
Assistant Professor Juan Jiménez of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department is a co-principal investigator with Dr. Kristian Valen-Sendstad from the Simula Research Laboratory of Oslo, Norway, on a $937,848 grant from the Research Council of Norway to study a critical question: “Are Computer Simulations Misleading Us About the Pathobiology of Cerebrovascular Diseases?”
Ian Grosse, a researcher for the NSF Center for eDesign and a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, is a member on one of the two research teams that recently received awards from UMass Amherst’s Armstrong Fund for Science. The team of Duncan Irschick of the Biology Department, Grosse, and Brian Umberger of the Kinesiology Department is involved in a project called “Creation of a 3D motion freezer to understand human and animal locomotion.” The Armstrong Fund will grant $30,000 to the project over the next two years to encourage transformative research on campus that introduces new ways of thinking about pressing scientific or technical challenges.
Professor John Klier, the head of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department, and ChE Associate Professor Shelly Peyton were awarded a $25,000 grant from the University of Massachusetts system’s Tech Development Fund, which helps bring cutting-edge UMass research to market. Klier and Peyton were funded for their project to study “Novel associative hydrogels,” aimed at developing new microgel additives for dramatically enhancing coating performance and appearance and enabling new types of water-based coating systems.
On May 2 the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department held its annual Senior Design Project competition, the climax and showcase event for the department’s capstone course, “MIE 415: Design of Mechanical Systems.” Eight winning projects showed off sophisticated inventions ranging from a revolutionary new electric blender to a sleek new adult tricycle frame.
On April 24 to 28, the UMass Amherst and the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department hosted a World Bank training workshop for water managers from developing countries. According to a UMass News Office release, participants from six countries learned about risks associated with climate change and their potential long-term impacts on water infrastructure. CEE Associate Professor Casey Brown, one of the organizers of the training, said that “The engineering profession is at a change point. We need to design infrastructure to be resilient in a world of change. We had water planners from around the world here to learn how.” See Satellite PR News.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst will honor two extraordinary College of Engineering graduates during Undergraduate Commencement on Friday, May 12, at McGuirk Alumni Stadium, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Mechanical engineering major Victor K. Champagne III will be celebrated as both a 21st Century Leader and a Jack Welch Scholar, while electrical engineering major James M. Prescott will be toasted as a Jack Welch Scholar.
On April 5, Chemical Engineering (ChE) major Cory Thomas of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, was honored as the 2017 UMass Amherst Male Winter Scholar-Athlete. During his highly productive undergraduate education at UMass Amherst, Thomas has run several of the fastest times in the history of the university, maintained a 3.2 GPA in the challenging ChE curriculum, completed two demanding internships, and devoted himself to pursuing a pharmaceutical engineering career motivated by his mother’s spirited fight to overcome cancer.
The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering has announced the pending induction of UMass alumnus Amir A. Amini, a professor and holder of the Endowed Chair in Bioimaging, Electrical, and Computer Engineering at the University of Louisville, to its College of Fellows. The AIMBE College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country. According to a national press release issued by the AIMBE, Dr. Amini was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows “for outstanding contributions to cardiovascular imaging, medical image analysis, and magnetic resonance imaging of flow and motion.”
The College of Engineering has chosen Professor Don DeGroot of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department as the 2017 Outstanding Senior Faculty Award winner and Assistant Professor Jessica Schiffman of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department as the 2017 recipient of the Barbara H. and Joseph I. Goldstein Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. The winners will be recognized during the college’s Senior Recognition Celebration to be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017.