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The 2019 Minuteman Supermileage Team took fifth place out of 30 international teams in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) annual Supermileage® Competition, held on June 6 and 7 in Marshall, Michigan, at the Eaton Corporation Marshall Proving Grounds. The UMass team from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department also won the competition’s Best Design Execution Award.

Emanuele Abi-Younes, a sophomore in chemical engineering and a graduate of New Bedford High School, was one of four UMass Amherst students who have been awarded $5,000 scholarships from the James J. Karam Scholarship Fund in recognition of their academic achievements and campus involvement. They are among eight students in the University of Massachusetts system to receive the award.

A team of well-prepared members of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Student Chapter took home the grand prize at the ITE Northeastern District Traffic Bowl. Our UMass team of Francis Tainter, Alyssa Ryan, and Chris Lyman (a recent alum) from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department will head to Austin, Texas, to compete in the International Traffic Bowl Championships on July 21 to 24.

The ITE hosts a Jeopardy-style competition for students in each district, or region, of ITE every year.

The married research team of Zlatan Aksamija of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Ajla Aksamija of the Department of Architecture are leading an interdisciplinary research team in an ongoing effort to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings by working to design more sustainable building façade systems, or so-called smart façades.

Professor Friederike Jentoft of the Chemical Engineering Department has received a $330,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study new catalysis methods that make chemical processes more environmentally friendly by reducing chemical waste.

Jessica Schiffman, an associate professor in the Chemical Engineering Department (ChE) and the Professor James M. Douglas Career Development Faculty Fellow, will be serving as an ADVANCE Collaboration & Equity (ACE) Faculty Fellow this year, starting in the fall of 2019 and functioning in that capacity for a 12-month term to promote institutional gender equity.

Dr. Chul Park, an associate professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, and his collaborator, Dr. Hans Paerl, a professor in the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, recently received a three-year, collaborative grant of $330,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF grant will support the joint research team’s investigation into the potentially unforeseen and unintended impact of upgrading wastewater treatment systems to decrease nitrogen on algal blooms in coastal water systems.

Chemical engineering (ChE) doctoral student Irene Kurtz, whose advisor is ChE Professor Jessica Schiffman, has been chosen to attend the highly competitive BASF Summer Course in Ludwigshafen, Germany, held from August 11 to 17. Young talented scientists from all over the world will meet in Germany to take part in the event. Kurtz is one of eight participants selected from North America.

Assistant Professor Jay Taneja of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department is the lead principal investigator for a $3.8-million grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to support the collaborative work of researchers at UMass Amherst, Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Colorado School of Mines. The research team will use enhanced data modeling to help transform electricity systems in emerging economies.

See UMass News Office story: UMass Amherst Researchers Share in Grant from Rockefeller Foundation

Assistant Professor Ashish Kulkarni of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded a $792,000 grant from the American Cancer Society to support his research to develop a novel combination therapy that could improve immunotherapy effects in bladder cancer patients while minimizing the side effects.

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