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College of Engineering members Eric Crawley and Melissa Paciulli are the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence of the 2020 Collegiate Summer Venture Program (CSVP), hosted by the UMass Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship and the Valley Venture Mentors.


Nianqiang “Nick” Wu, the Armstrong-Siadat Endowed Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department, has received the prestigious Sensor Division Outstanding Achievement Award from the Electrochemical Society (ECS). The award was created in 1989 to recognize outstanding achievement in research and/or technical contributions to the field of sensors and to encourage work excellence in the field. 

Kara Parks Fontenot, Ph.D., a lecturer in the College of Engineering Junior Year Writing Program, is part of a team that has received a UMass Amherst ADVANCE Mutual Mentoring Grant for 2020-21. Fontenot is on a team composed of 10 Junior Year Writing faculty members from various UMass colleges and departments who are working to integrate classroom and online learning more effectively through digitally enhanced, face-to-face, hybrid, and/or completely online courses, which will prove absolutely invaluable during the coronavirus crisis.

Dr. Sanjay Raja Arwade and Dr. Don J. DeGroot, Sc.D., P.E., both professors in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, have received a $317,732 grant from the National Science Foundation for a project on wind technology. They are developing models for loading placed on “multiline ring anchors” subjected to wind, waves, and other forces as part of offshore wind development.

Assistant Professor Jae-Hwang Lee of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department is the principal investigator for UMass Amherst on a three-year, $700,000 project, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), to develop pioneering high-performance materials required by many of the world’s most significant industries. Lee is collaborating on the NSF project with Rutgers University principal investigator Professor Jonathan Singer and co-principal investigator Assimina Pelegri.

Woodrow W Winchester III, a senior lecturer and director of engineering management in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, has registered a couple of notable achievements recently. First, he was invited to be a fellow in the second cohort of the National Science Foundation-funded Aspire Alliance’s Institutional Change Network IAspire Leadership Academy. Then, Fast Company published an enlightening article written by Winchester addressing racial bias in the design of emerging technologies.

Erin Baker – a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, an associate dean in the College of Engineering, and director of the Wind Energy Fellows – was recently the subject of a May 4 article in the newsletter of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN).

Dr. Colin J. Gleason of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department has won a $930,000 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to study changing glaciers, rivers, and human water management in Nepal. Gleason is doing the research in cooperation with CEE Professors Dr. Casey Brown and Dr. Konstantinos Andreadis of UMass Amherst and Geology Professor Leigh Stearns at the University of Kansas.

Assistant Professor Dr. Emily Kumpel of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department has received a two-year, $143,872 grant from the Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF) to compare the human, environmental, and economic impacts of various drinking-water treatment systems in smaller communities throughout the United States. 

Jacob Lauzier, an alumnus of the UMass Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, has been named to Business West’s list of Top 40 Professionals Under 40. Lauzier, aged 35, is the co-founder and chief technical officer of the MachineMetrics company, which he helped to develop as a successful startup company, beginning in 2014, and has grown to employ more than 50 people.