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SequesChar, a startup venture company that proposes to transform the spent grains used by brewers into biochar for carbon capture, soil amendment, and renewable energy, has won the second-place, $21,000 prize at the finals of the recent UMass Amherst Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship Innovation Challenge. 

While all engineering students are encouraged to take on internships and co-op opportunities during their time at UMass in order to gain hands-on experience and explore a variety of career options, undergraduate student Jabin Chen chose the extreme sports version of this advice.


A bus accident in India more than 25 years ago has inspired the U.S. patent of a groundbreaking retrofit seatbelt for buses and motor coaches that could save many lives and serious injuries. 


Zeynep Alptekin '23, an undergraduate in the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department, was one of two College of Engineering undergraduate students chosen as “Rising Researchers,” for the spring of 2022. 

Peng Bai, an assistant professor in the Chemical Engineering Department, has been awarded a prestigious five-year, $551,035 Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). 

The recipients of the 2022 College of Engineering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Award are Jay Taneja, assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, and Rebecca Louisthelmy, a graduating senior in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department.

Cielo Sharkus, a PhD candidate in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, uses hybrid computational and field modeling about climate-related phenomena to help historically marginalized communities plan for climate change at a grassroots and local level. 

The United States Patent Office has issued Associate Professor Sarah Perry of the Chemical Engineering Department a patent for her “Graphene Based Electro-Microfluidic Devices and Methods for Protein Structural Analysis.” 

Associate Professor Eleni Christofa of the Civil and Environmental (CEE) Department has been named a 2022-23 Center for Research on Families (CRF) Family Research Scholar. 

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Professor Shelly Peyton's groundbreaking research has revolved around crucial questions that have bedeviled scientists for well over a century: Where, how, and why does breast cancer spread?