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Civil Engineering alumna Ruth Bonsignore (B.S. ’83) was one of five people named by Governor Charlie Baker to the State Transportation Board of Directors. The new board will oversee operations at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, the Registry of Motor Vehicles, and other transportation departments.

Bonsignore has three decades of consulting experience in transportation planning and design and most recently served as senior vice president at the Massachusetts-based consulting firm VHB/Vanasse Hangen Brustlin.

Bonsignore has worked her way from staff...

The College of Engineering Women’s Faculty Mentoring Group has just launched a new website called the “Engineering Women's Faculty Forum” (e-WFF): http://www.umass.edu/e-wff/. The group consists of Erin Baker, Caitlin Butler, Eleni Christofa, Aura Ganz, Lixin Gao, Song Gao, Chaitra Gopalappa, Friederike Jentoft, Maureen Lynch, Jenna Marquard, Ana Muriel, Mi-Hyun Park, Sarah Perry, Shelly Peyton, Sue Roberts, and Jessica Schiffman.

As the website notes, “Our goal is the development of successful engineering female faculty members in...

Alumnus Ed Price, a College of Engineering donor who also serves on the Advisory Board of our Chemical Engineering Department, is the president and CEO of PCI Synthesis (http://pcisynthesis.com/), a 15 year-old chemical manufacturer of new chemical entities, generic active pharmaceutical ingredients, and other specialty chemical products. With more than 20 years of experience in chemical operations, engineering, and manufacturing, Price has grown PCI from a basic chemical manufacturer into the leading CMO that it is today. With a robust product...

UMass Chemical Engineering alumnus Marvin O. Schlanger, chairman and former chief executive officer of CEVA Group PLC and former chairman of the Supervisory Board at LyondellBasell Industries, N.V., was presented with the Government and Industry Leaders (AGILE) Award by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The award is presented by the AIChE board of directors to those individuals who have made significant contributions to the chemical engineering profession and whose contributions and initiatives have made a significant impact within the chemical engineering industry....

Two members of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department – Tami Paluca, the Academic Advisor for Undergraduate Studies and the Director of Alumni Affairs, and Professor Susan Roberts – were selected for awards presented at the 5th Annual Senior Recognition Reception held by the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS). Paluca received the Staff Appreciation Award, and Roberts received the Faculty Appreciation Award. According to CMASS, the duo received their awards for “dedication and invaluable contributions to CMASS and the UMass community this year.” They...

Chemical Engineering alumnus Charles Beyrouthy is the Co-Founder and CEO of the dynamic software company LabCloud, which provides a fully integrated platform that allows R&D organizations to better manage research pipelines. As the company’s website notes, “With LabCloud’s key capabilities, an organization is uniquely positioned to drive innovation while reducing operational expenditures, increasing laboratory compliance, and improving transparency.” Go to LabCloud website: http://www.labcloudinc.com/index.php.

Beyrouthy...

On Saturday, April 26, the Diversity Programs Office at the University of Massachusetts Amherst ran a Girl Scout workshop on renewable energy in which Scouts from western Massachusetts learned about various forms of energy, looked at diverse sorts of renewable energy, and watched informative energy videos. For their crowning achievement, they even constructed their own model solar automobiles. 

“Our main goal is to attract the girls to engineering by making sure they have a lot of fun learning about it,” explained Dr. Paula Rees, the director of the Diversity Programs Office at...

Chemical Engineering Department Assistant Professor Sarah Perry has been named one of the two Armstrong Fund for Science winners for 2015, which this year is granting $20,000 to each researcher to encourage transformative research on campus that introduces new ways of thinking about pressing scientific or technical challenges. Physics assistant professor Jun Yan also received an Armstrong award. They were recognized at the UMass Amherst Honors Dinner on April 22.

Benefactors John and Elizabeth Armstrong established their Fund for Science in 2006 to identify and support...

As part of a course taught by Andrew Danylchuk and Curtice Griffin of the Natural Resources Conservation Department, an interdisciplinary group of students from the UMass IGERT Offshore Wind Energy Program has performed a hands-on site assessment and feasibility plan for offshore wind energy production for the Center for Sustainable Development on the island of Eleuthra in the Bahamas. Watch video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS6ciPf0msg.

The UMass IGERT...

Two College of Engineering undergraduate students were among the six so-called “Rising Researchers” designated by the UMass Amherst website Research/Next (Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity for a Brighter Future). Link to Research/Next article: http://www.umass.edu/researchnext/rising-researchers. The two engineering winners are Chemical Engineering student Xuanting Wang ’16 and Civil Engineering student Marissa Shea ’15. The Rising Research program acknowledges the excellent work of UMass...

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