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The College of Engineering recently received a $632,369 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program. The S-STEM program “addresses the need for a high quality STEM workforce” by increasing the success of “low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need” who are pursuing degrees in STEM fields, according to the NSF. See NSF S-STEM Program Description

This grant, entitled...

Professors Guoping Zhang and Don J. DeGroot of the Geotechnical Engineering Program within the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (CEE) are overseeing research being funded by GeoEngineers, a Seattle-based earth science and technology company. GeoEngineers awarded the CEE department a $10,000 unrestricted grant and $20,000 in fellowship money, both supporting coastal research to be conducted by the department.

DeGroot noted that the main person at GeoEngineers to take the initiative for the fellowship donation is David S....

A significant discovery by a team of researchers that includes Assistant Professor Zlatan Aksamija and graduate student Arnab Majee of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has been covered widely in many scientific news outlets, including Science Daily,  Nanowerk News, Chemeurope.com,...

Radhameris (Radha) Gómez, a Ph.D. candidate in the Transportation Engineering group in the UMass Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, was recently awarded the 2015 Ann M. Hershfang Graduate Scholarship by the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Boston Chapter. The competitive Hershfang Graduate Scholarship is awarded to a woman enrolled in a transportation-related graduate program with plans to pursue a career in the transportation industry.

Gómez was selected for this award based on her research interests in vulnerable road users, her mentoring and leadership...

An innovative town-gown collaboration, initiated in part by Director of Diversity Programs Paula Rees in cooperation with faculty from other colleges at UMass Amherst, received national attention earlier this month when representatives from Makers @ Amherst Media were invited to participate in the National Maker Faire. Makers @ Amherst Media (M @ AM) connects faculty and students from UMass Amherst with members of the wider community and local schools. The Maker Faire is part science fair, part...

Faculty members and students from the UMass Amherst departments of chemical and mechanical and industrial engineering recently collaborated with University of Minnesota researchers to discover a new behavior of woody biomass that makes it levitate above heated surfaces in a way similar to what is called “the Leidenfrost effect” in liquids. Announced in Nature Scientific Reports, the research captures via high speed photography a particle of cellulosic biomass floating above a surface by aggressive generation of gases. The surprising new property can enhance biofuel production and has...

Joseph I. Goldstein, 76, of Amherst, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department (MIE) and the former dean of the College of Engineering from 1993 to 2004, died June 27.
Read UMass Amherst News Office obituary »

As retiring MIE Department Head Don Fisher observed, “Joe, always modest, was a giant of a person, a Distinguished Professor in our department, and a recipient of many awards, both from the university and...

Neil S. Forbes of the UMass Amherst Chemical Engineering Department recently commented in a story in the Boston Globe about the use of the bacterium E. coli in a new test that accurately detects liver cancer in urine. He noted that bacteria naturally flourish in tumors. “You could tune them for difference cancer sites, different stages, use them for detection, use them for therapy,” Forbes said. Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of...

An inter-university team of researchers that includes Assistant Professor Zlatan Aksamija and graduate student Arnab Majee of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has published a scientific paper in Nano Letters ("Bimodal Phonon Scattering in Graphene Grain Boundaries") examining how heat transfer works in graphene, the one-atom thick sheets of carbon. The team found that as grains of the material become more misaligned, the heat transferring properties decline. Read related article in...

Arianne Bazilio, a doctoral candidate from Guyana studying in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a 2014-15 International Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). AAUW International Fellows are selected for their academic achievement, scholarly promise, and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. They return to their home countries to become leaders in government, academia, community activism, business, and science.

“I was astounded and deeply honored when I learnt that I was...

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