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The College of Engineering Equity and Inclusion Office, led by Assistant Dean for Diversity Paula Rees, has been awarded Bronze Level Exemplar status, the highest level issued this submission cycle, by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Diversity Recognition Program. “You are to be commended for your great achievement,” said ASEE Manager of Strategic Projects Geraldine E. Gooding.

The 10th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design (also known as the Driving Assessment Conference) has announced that Ganesh Pai Mangalore of our Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department (MIE) has been awarded a 2019 Honda Outstanding Student Paper Award honorable mention.

Assistant Professor Zlatan Aksamija of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department was part of the UMass team of chemists and electrical engineers who outlined a new way to advance a more efficient, cheaper, polymer-based harvest of heat energy to produce electricity. Aksamija and chemist Dhandapani Venkataraman reported their findings this month in Nature Communications.

The European Academy of Wind Energy (EAWE) has presented the 2019 EAWE Scientific Award to Professor James F. Manwell, a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and the director of the UMass Wind Energy Center. The award was handed over during the conference banquet of the Wind Energy Science Conference in Cork, Ireland, on June 19.

Victor Bahl, an alumnus of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department and currently a Distinguished Scientist with Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington, was presented with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Distinguished Service Award on June 15 in San Francisco. The ACM citation rewarded Bahl for “significant and lasting service to the broad community of mobile computing and wireless networking, and for building strong linkages between academia, industry, and government agencies.”

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.

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