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On October 20 through 23, members of the Boston chapter of the Society of Military Engineers (SAME), which refers to itself as the Boston Post, attended  the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences Foundation, Inc Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy Conference at UMass Amherst. “I think the event was significant,” said Bernd F. Schliemann, faculty advisor of the UMass SAME student chapter, “as it introduced our students to industry professionals who can continue to mentor them throughout their undergraduate...

Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have announced that David A. Reckhow, a professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and his colleagues have received a $4.1-million grant to create a national center for research aimed at assisting small-sized drinking water systems. There was regional and national news coverage of the November 17 event: Gazette,...

Two faculty members in the UMass Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department who were named faculty fellows by the campus Civic Engagement and Service Learning (CESL) unit have spent the past year adding community service activities to their classes. The CESL faculty fellows from MIE are Ana Muriel and Hari Balasubramanian. The CESL fellowships add service learning and community service to Ana Muriel’s MIE 422 course, entitled “Statistical Quality Control and Improvement.” UMass CESL promotes learning for lifelong, engaged citizenship, partnering with communities on and off...

Undergraduate Shayna Nolan of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department is one of five students who have been selected to receive the fall 2014 UMass Amherst Rising Researcher student achievement award. This new award, sponsored by the Vice Chancellors for University Relations and Research and Engagement, recognizes exceptional UMass Amherst undergraduate students who excel in research, scholarship, or creative activity. ChE Professor Shelly Peyton nominated Nolan for the award in recognition of her research on cell migration on biomaterial surfaces, conducted under Peyton’s direction....

C.V. Hollot, the head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, is a member of the interdisciplinary research team from UMass Amherst and the University of Minnesota that received a four-year, $2.4-million, National Science Foundation grant to study the increasingly complex ways in which content is delivered to users on the Internet and to invent new architectural and algorithmic mechanisms to coordinate these interactions better. Hollot’s expertise is in control theory and its applications. As co-investigator and UMass Amherst computer scientist Don Towsley noted, "Solving...

A College of Engineering student was on a team that took home one of the four runner-up prizes in the Innovation Challenge MinutePitch contest, held October 30 on the UMass Amherst campus. Team FogKicker was composed of Kristopher W. Kolewe from our Chemical Engineering Department and students from the departments of Polymer Science and Engineering and Accounting and Economics. The FogKicker idea is an antifogging coating based on renewable and biodegradable materials.

Team Acorn Drive took the $1,000 first place prize in the MinutePitch. The team is made up of Leo Xuzhang Lin...

ExxonMobil has made a generous contribution of $3,000 to support the UMass Amherst chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and its Chem-E-Car team, which is constructing a chemically powered model car to compete at the 2014 Northeast Regional AIChE Conference at MIT. Every year, a team of approximately 20 dedicated UMass chemical engineering undergraduate students competes in the AIChE-sponsored event. The Chem-E-Car Competition requires each team to build a self-propelled model car that, driven by a chemical reaction alone, travels a pre-set distance while...

Professors David Ford and Peter Monson of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department have recently received two new collaborative research grants totaling $866,522 awarded to UMass Amherst from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The first grant of $327,038, which includes their ChE colleague Professor Wei Fan as a co-investigator, started on July 1 and is entitled “Developing New Theoretical Tools and Materials to Improve the Separation Performance of Inorganic Mesoporous Membranes.” 

The second NSF grant awards $539,484 to UMass Amherst, in addition to $260,744 going to...

Neil Forbes of the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a five-year, $1.56-million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to engineer what he calls “super-safe Salmonella bacteria” to act as Trojan Horses and deliver cancer-killing agents directly into tumors. His Salmonella vectors – armed with special cancer-ravaging peptides and a gene-disrupting ribonucleic acid (RNA) called shRNA – are designed to steal into cancer tumors, interrupt essential cell processes there, destroy cancer cells, eliminate cancer...

Casey Brown of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department was the co-author of an article published in Science (www.sciencemag.org) on October 24. The article is entitled “Coping with the curse of freshwater variability: Information, institutions, and infrastructure for adaptation.” In addition to Brown, the other authors are J.W. Hall, D. Grey, D. Garrick, F. Fung, S.J. Dadson, and C.W. Sadoff, who are respectively from Oxford University in the UK, McMaster University in Canada, the Environment Agency of Bristol...

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