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A number of community welcome events are planned for "under the tent" in the Engineering Quad during the first week of classes. 

A paper written by Yanfei Xu, assistant professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and adjunct professor in the Chemical Engineering Department, in collaboration with Ph.D students Yurui Liu and Yijie Zhou, has been selected by the journal Polymer Chemistry to be part of its Emerging Investigators Series. See UMass News Office story.

The Elaine Marieb Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation at UMass Amherst will hold its first symposium examining up-to-date innovations in the healthcare industry, particularly those created by nurses and engineers in collaborative research. See UMass News Office story

A team led by Dr. Wen Chen, assistant professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, and Dr. Ting Zhu of Georgia Institute of Technology, have successfully 3D printed a new dual-phase, nanostructured high-entropy alloy that exceeds the strength and ductility of other state-of-the-art additively manufactured materials. See UMass News Office story.

Dr. Caitlyn Butler, associate professor and graduate program director in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been selected for the Class of 2022-23 of Drexel University’s Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering and Science (ELATES) program. See UMass News Office story.

A new interdisciplinary graduate program in materials science and engineering is launching this fall. The program offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. See UMass News Office story. 

Dr. William La Cava, a doctoral graduate of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department under advisor Professor Kourosh Danai, has been accepted by the Harvard Medical School as an assistant professor on its faculty. La Cava had been serving as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology since 2016.

A research team led by Jun Yao, an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department and an adjunct of the Biomedical Engineering Department, has invented integrated nano-electronic sensors capable of simultaneously probing electrical and mechanical cellular responses in cardiac tissue, the most important physiological parameters for assessing tissue state. 

The Conversation recently published an interview with Dr. Erin Baker, distinguished professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, about the technological, political, and regulatory elements of the United States’ effort to transition to renewable energy.

A UMass Amherst team has engineered a biofilm that can generate constant electricity from your skin’s evaporated sweat in order to run wearable electronics. See UMass News Office story. 

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