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Jun Yao, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), has received a 2022 Sloan Research Fellowship in chemistry from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Yao is the sole UMass Amherst recipient of this year’s fellowship. 

College of Engineering alumna Rena Bizios '68, Lutcher Brown Endowed Chair Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas San Antonio, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) as part of the 2022 induction class.

Participants will include two national leaders in sustainable, equitable energy — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Danielle Deane-Ryan, director of equitable climate solutions for the Bezos Earth Fund.

This past summer, six undergraduate civil engineering students had the extraordinary opportunity to organize and manage their own research trip to the Arctic as part of UMass Amherst’s Integrating Geoscience & Engineering in the Arctic (IGEA) program.

UMass Amherst is a partner on a nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to Holyoke Community College (HCC) supporting a one-year engineering certificate program designed to increase the numbers of Latinx and women engineers. 

Chengbo Ai, an assistant professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, recently received an Acorn Innovation Grant to support the development of his low-cost light detection and ranging (LiDAR) sensor technology designed to monitor the wheelchair accessibility of sidewalks.

A press conference by U.S. and Massachusetts officials at the UMass Amherst Water and Energy Testing (WET) Facility in mid-December emphasized the crucial role that this organization is playing in identifying and eliminating so-called “Forever Chemicals” as dangerous toxins in water systems throughout the Commonwealth. 

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has awarded a 2021-22 International Fellowship to Ph.D. student Civian Kiki Massa of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department. Massa's current research focuses on energy poverty and data mining to improve electricity provision services in Africa.

Matthew A. Lackner, a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and director of the Wind Energy Center at UMass Amherst, will discuss the future of offshore wind energy on February 12 as part of the historic Newport Art Museum’s Winter Speaker Series.

Three students of Assistant Professor Xian Du of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department won impressive awards at the recent 2021 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE), sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.