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The pioneering Minuteman Launch Team is the first group of UMass students to enter the NASA Student Launch competition, and the team members are extremely excited at the prospect of launching a high-powered rocket, scheduled for takeoff in April of 2015 at the Marshall Spaceflight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. You can help launch our College of Engineering team on its way to Alabama by donating used two-liter soda bottles for a college outreach event starting March 23. Please drop off bottles in Marston 126 anytime between now and March 23. Note that your bottles will actually be...

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has chosen UMass Amherst as one of 12 colleges and universities to compete in the 2016 Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition. The interdisciplinary UMass team hails from the departments of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE), Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning, as well as the Isenberg School of Management. A UMass Amherst team finished third in the inaugural DOE wind competition in 2014. Link to...

Dean Tim Anderson has announced that Kathy Rubin, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Administration, will be retiring at the end of the spring semester after 32 years of invaluable service to the College of Engineering.

As Dean Anderson said, “I know you all join me in wishing Kathy the best in retirement and thanking her for the many contributions she has made to the college.”

Dean Anderson also said that he plans for an immediate on-campus search to replace her position as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Administration. This critical position works...

Professor Russell Tessier of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has been selected as a Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow for the 2015-16 academic year. The UMass Amherst Fellows program provides a 50-percent course release for the 2015-16 academic year, as well as one month of summer salary. The ECE department will receive compensation for the teaching release at the rate of $7,000 in each of the two semesters of the fellowship. Professor Tessier will still be expected to devote 50 percent of his time during the...

Wei Fan, chemical engineering, is part of a research team that has found that applying two nano-scale coatings to a unique form of carbon boosts its stability to perform in lithium-air batteries. It is considered a key step in developing new small but powerful batteries for cars and other manufactured goods. Link to articles: Azonano.com, Science 360...

Jody Goodman, a former Program Coordinator with the Diversity Programs Office (DPO) in the College of Engineering and currently the Assistant Director for Leadership and Community Service with the Office of Student Activities and Involvement here at UMass Amherst, has been chosen as the new Director of Student Success at the college. Goodman is expected to assume the newly created position on March 9.

As the Director of Student Success, Goodman will implement and coordinate programs to enhance the academic success of all undergraduate students in the College of Engineering as...

Assistant Professor Boris Lau of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded a grant of $500,000 from the prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program to study the behavior of natural and engineered nanoparticles in our waterways and water supplies. Lau’s CAREER project will not only inform the scientists who synthesize nanoparticles how to design them to be more environmentally friendly, but it will also provide invaluable information for removing nanoparticles in water...

Paul Dornath, a chemical engineering graduate student in Professor Wei Fan’s lab, has recently published articles in two high impact journals in the field of biomass catalysis and Li-O2 batteries. Dornath was first author on a publication in Green Chemistry (impact factor 6.85, http://pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/ArticleLanding/2015/GC/c4gc02187h#!divAbstract). Dornath’s article was highlighted by the journal as cover art.

The research described by Dornath in this article pursued the...

The UMass Amherst Research Next website has published an article about researchers Casey Brown, Patrick Ray and Sungwook Wi – part of the Hydrological Systems Research Group led by Brown in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department – who have received the Climate Science Service Award from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), which recognizes their contributions to developing a climate change vulnerability assessment for...

College of Engineering Dean Tim Anderson has announced the promotion of longtime college administrator Cheryl Brooks to a key new position as Assistant Dean for Experiential Learning and Corporate Relations. Cheryl has served as the Director of Career Planning and Student Development, running an office known familiarly as the “career center,” for the past seven years.

As Dean Anderson said, “Cheryl was the second director of the center, which helps our undergraduate and graduate students develop interviewing skills and facilitates their placement in industry, graduate school,...

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