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Alumna Christine Barner Seymour, who will deliver the 2021 Shirley and Ting-Wei Tang Lecture in a virtual Webinar on October 20 for the College of Engineering, was recently included in a prestigious Marquis Who's Who biographical volume, recognizing her for excellence in chemical engineering. Seymour, who earned her doctorate from the UMass Chemical Engineering Department in 1995, has also been honored by the College of Engineering with its 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award. Seymour is the director of Regulatory Chemistry and Manufacturing Controls at Pfizer Inc.

Professor Qiangfei Xia of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has received a three-year, $499,998 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his pioneering project on near-sensor and in-sensor analog computing.

 

Assistant Professor Robert Niffenegger of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department was recently used as an expert source for an article in Forbes to comment on groundbreaking quantum architecture and a glass quantum computer chip produced by the IonQ company.

 

Assistant Professor Amir Arbabi of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department is the co-principal investigator for an initiative to advance scalable manufacturing processes that enable commercial fabrication of ultra-thin “metalenses” to help control light and remove imaging abnormalities in many electronic devices.

Ph.D. student Rushabh Shah of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded a one-year, $11,750 fellowship from the American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) and the Bureau of Reclamation to study a pioneering approach to improve the performance of ultrafiltration membranes.

Assistant Professor Simos Gerasimidis of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department has been invited to participate in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) 2021 EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. According to the NAE description, “Sixty of the most promising early career engineers from the United States and European Union will meet for an intensive two-and-one-half-day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments.”

UMass Amherst announces the creation of a seed fund by anonymous donors to support research of quantum information systems, including a lead gift in the amount of $5 million. The fund aims to bolster an existing creative and collaborative partnership between CICS and Engineering.

UMass Amherst researchers, including Michael Zink (ECE), are working on the next generation of teleconferencing, thanks to a $1.2 million grant from the NSF. They’re part of a multi-institution team that is designing miVirtualSeat—an immersive meeting environment that better simulates the real-life feeling of in-person get togethers.

Alumnus Gary Lapidus has gifted $500,000 to establish an endowed fund supporting faculty excellence in the department of chemical engineering. The Gary R. Lapidus Faculty Fund will support one faculty member for a renewable five-year term, providing resources for summer stipends, other research and teaching expenses, and professional travel.

Four students from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department won cash prizes in MIE’s fifth annual Graduate Gallery Competition, moderated by the MIE Graduate Program. The prize winners were Peter DiMeo, Umang Patel, Kashyap Sundara Rajan, and Gina Georgadarellis. Each will receive a $100 cash card from MIE Department Head Sundar Krishnamurty.

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