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Guangyu Xu has been appointed to the prestigious Dev and Linda Gupta Professorship in the College of Engineering for a five-year term. The purpose of the Gupta Professorship is to encourage risk-taking and entrepreneurial pursuits by supporting faculty who bring fresh ideas to the department of electrical and computer engineering.

This summer the College of Engineering collaborated with the Colleges of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), Information and Computer Science (lead), and Natural Sciences, along with the Massenberg Foundation, on a one-week program to engage and excite 16 students from high schools in Massachusetts and New Jersey about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Doctoral student Georgios Provelengios of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has won the Stamatis Vassiliadis Best Paper Award at the 2019 International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications (FPL). His paper was selected as the best paper out of 151 paper submissions. FPL is the top European conference for the reconfigurable computing research field and one of the top four conferences held annually in the field. The paper was titled "Characterizing Power Distribution Attacks in Multi-User FPGA Environments."

James F. Manwell, director of the UMass Wind Energy Center and a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, was the primary author of a critical section of a wind-energy article published in the journal Science. The article is entitled "Grand challenges in the science of wind energy." The process that led to this article also generated the theme – the Grand Vision for Wind Energy – of a formative conference, which will take place at UMass Amherst from October 14 to 16.

The UMass News Office reports that Ernest Pharmaceuticals, a startup venture co-founded by Professor Neil St. John Forbes of the Chemical Engineering Department and based in UMass Amherst’s Institute of Applied Life Sciences (IALS), is one of four companies each to win $2,500 from the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC) in a business pitch poster competition in Boston. Forbes founded the company with current Ernest Pharmaceuticals CEO and bioengineer Nele Van Dessel. The MTTC award recognizes the groundbreaking young biotech firm for its research on programmed bacteria that deliver anticancer treatment to tumors.

An interdepartmental team from the College of Engineering will work together to push the oxygenic photogranule (OPG) process, a UMass lab-born and patented technology, toward commercialization to address the world’s needs for effective and sustainable wastewater treatment. A new $550,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, titled “PFI-RP: Developing Light-Controlled Mixing to Advance Energy Efficient Wastewater Treatment by Oxygenic Photogranules,” will support the team’s research, outreach activities, and student researchers’ entrepreneurship development.

Professor Yossi Chait of the Mechanical an Industrial Engineering Department was one of the two co-chairs for the "Fostering Innovation in Fluid Management" working group, a project formed by the Kidney Health Initiative (KHI) to produce a supplement to the KHI’s Technology Roadmap for Innovative Approaches to Renal Replacement Therapy. Chait’s supplement and the accompanying report are aimed at spurring innovation in fluid management devices and techniques that will improve the quality of life of people with kidney failure.

Associate Professor Jessica Schiffman, the Professor James M. Douglas Career Development Faculty Fellow in the Chemical Engineering Department, is the principal investigator on a three-year, $340,541 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF grant will support her research team’s investigation into new membrane technology that was inspired by the Nepenthes Pitcher Plant.

When alumnus Peter Bannon, the guy in charge of Tesla’s chip architecture and part of the team designing the self-driving computer/car, steps to the podium at the Great Hall in the Old Chapel on October 3 at about 4:00 p.m., it will be a very big deal. Bannon has variously been called “a chip architecture titan,” “an inventor named on dozens of patents related to processors,” and “one of two of the most sought after processor architects working today.”

Civil engineering major Jihan Eljadidi was featured liberally in a posted article by the U.S. Army after she participated in the 13th Annual Future Workforce Poster Presentation at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center on Aug. 15 in Natick. Eljadidi was a Pathways intern in the Expeditionary Maneuver Support Directorate, where she worked on products designed to protect soldiers in the field. Among other comments, she said that "I've had the opportunity to work with knowledgeable and helpful people who really took the time to explain things."

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