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Liquid meltwater can sometimes flow deep below the Greenland Ice Sheet in winter, not just in the summer, according to work published on April 9 in the American Geophysical Union journal Geophysical Research Letters by Dr. Colin J. Gleason of the UMass Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department and his colleague Dr. Lincoln Pitcher at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Associate Professor Joseph Bardin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has been selected to receive the 2020 Outstanding Young Engineer Award (see link here) from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S).

Tejas Panambur, an M.S. candidate in the UMass Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, was part of a multi-institutional team of students who took one of four first-place prizes during the COVID-19 IDEAthon Beat the Pandemic event as part of the continuing MIT COVID-19 challenge.

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering Peter Beltramo has been selected as a University of Massachusetts Amherst Lilly Teaching Fellow for the 2020-21 academic year. Eight Fellows are selected for the program each year from departments across the campus. The Lilly Teaching Fellowship provides early-career faculty with an opportunity to enhance and refine their teaching abilities both inside and outside the classroom.

Four College of Engineering graduate students, two from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department and two from the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department, have been awarded prestigious fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). The MIE fellowship recipients are Bridget Benner and Jacob Davis, while the ChE recipients are Becca Huber and Stephanie Call.

 

Michael A. Henson has been appointed interim head of the Department of Chemical Engineering, effective May 24. He will replace current head, John Klier, who is stepping down to transition into the role of dean of the Gallogly College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma.

 

Amity Lee, office manager & assistant to the department head in chemical engineering, is the recipient of this year’s Dean’s Service Award.

 

Assistant Professor Govind Srimathveeravalli of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department has received a $603,550 grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) to study how to redeploy macrophages to effect sustained and robust anti-tumor response in patients with bladder cancer. The project’s co-principal investigator is Ashish Kulkarni of the Chemical Engineering Department.

Michael Smith, the technical training specialist in the UMass Transportation Center, which is part of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, offered some wise, optimistic, and helpful comments in a news article for the Greenfield Recorder about his experiences working remotely from home during the COVID 19 pandemic. “The opportunity to have this kind of time with family doesn’t come along all that often,” said Smith, 50, of Heath.

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Professor Jonathan Rothstein of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department is part of a multi-institutional research team that is developing a new collection system for COVID-19 testing that the researchers said “can overcome the bottleneck that currently hampered the testing for COVID-19 around the world.” The team, led by researchers at UCLA, has received $150,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation’s Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID). Rothstein explained that the essential principle of the new test is that it is “like a breathalyzer for COVID-19 people.”

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