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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 Fellowsfor 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.

Prior to the 2017 Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting and Exhibit in Phoenix from April 17 to 21, Chemical Engineering (ChE) Professor Sarah Perry and two of her undergraduate students submitted a piece of scientifically related art work that was selected as a finalist for the MRS Science as Art competition, whose purpose was to show the aesthetic beauty of scientific images. Perry’s participating students are Savannah Szemethy, a sophomore ChE major, and Matthew Gagnon, a senior in mathematics. Szemethy and Gagnon’s MRS submission, titled Bloom, is a micrograph of DNA/lipid films that was recolored into an image of blooming flowers (see accompanying image).

Mike Malone, vice chancellor for research and engagement and the Ronnie and Eugene M. Isenberg Distinguished Professor in engineering,  has been named an Outstanding Engineering Alumnus by Penn State’s College of Engineering. Malone received his award, along with 11 other recipients, at a ceremony April 20 at Penn State’s University Park campus.

Chemical Engineering (ChE) senior Ashley Kaiser is one of six UMass undergrads whose research accomplishments have been deemed “inspiring and notable” enough for the students to be honored with the Rising Researcher award in Research Next, the online magazine at UMass Amherst. The Rising Researcher award, sponsored by the Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Research and Engagement, recognizes exceptional UMass Amherst undergraduate students who excel in research, scholarship, or creative activity. See Research Next article

Professor David Schmidt of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department and Professor Sarah Perry of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department have been selected to receive the two 2017 Outstanding Teaching Awards in the College of Engineering. Schmidt was cited by the selection committee for his commitment to redeveloping both of the first-year courses in MIE and for his history of mentoring undergraduate and graduate research students. Perry was recognized for her approach and success in teaching first-year students and for her development of a novel course in microfluidics. The two awards will be celebrated during the COE Senior Recognition Celebration to be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Dr. Chul Park, an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and his former Ph.D. student Dr. Dong-Hyun Chon were recently awarded a U.S. Patent on their pioneering technology to decrease the production of sludge, the byproduct produced from wastewater treatment. See patent information »

On Friday, April 28, seniors from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (ECE) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst displayed and demonstrated 28 creative electronic inventions for the public. ECE hosted its 27th annual Senior Design Project Day on campus, when 28 teams of seniors unveiled a high-tech floor show for the electronics of the future. The public review of these senior design projects happened at the Gunness Engineering Student Center of Marcus Hall on the UMass Amherst campus from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., when students displayed their devices, demonstrated their functions, and answered questions from visitors on an individual basis. See full descriptions of all projects.

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