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The innovative research of Assistant Professor Wen Chen of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department has been highlighted in various media outlets. Chen was the co-lead author of a trailblazing paper that describes new research to use computational approaches for optimizing the design of 3D-printed parts. The paper was published in Science Advances and was written in collaboration with Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL). Chen had led the experimental and mechanical testing work while a postdoc at LLNL before working on the Science Advances paper. See articles in Technology.Org, Phys.org, Nanowerk, SciTechDaily.

During a recent beta test of the NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition, hosted by the School of Public Policy, Ph.D. student Alyssa Ryan of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department was on the four-person winning team tackling the crucial question of how to create sustainable cities. At the end of the day, a panel of expert judges selected the winning team, composed of Ryan (third from left in photo) and fellow UMass students James Hokonya, Allyson Brauns, and Justin Taylor. The team’s policies focused on reducing dependency on carbon-dioxide-emitting vehicles by investing in electric buses and creating alternatives such as more rail service, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways, among other strategies.

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Recently retired Emeritus Professor Dr. Alan J. Lutenegger, P.E.F. ASCE of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department has established himself as a highly accomplished academic in the field of geotechnical engineering during his long and productive career. To begin with, he is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a distinction awarded to just three percent of the 150,000 members. Among many other achievements, he has generated upwards of $11,300,000 in funding as a principal and co-principal investigator on approximately 44 grants, he holds 10 U.S. patents, and he has published an impressive 180 papers in academic journals.

Early in February at the Hack(H)er413 event, several College of Engineering students competed on two winning teams that were each awarded $150 in equity-free funding and spots in the Innovation Challenge: The Semifinal by the Berthiaume Center.

Please join us for a special seminar by Dawn Tilbury, Head of NSF's Directorate for Engineering on February 24, 2020; 10:30 - Noon in the Marcus Hall, Gunness Student Center Conference Room

As reported in Nature, the laboratories of electrical engineer Jun Yao and microbiologist Derek Lovley at UMass Amherst have​ developed a device that uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in the air. “We are literally making electricity out of thin air,” says Yao. The device, called "Air-gen" generates clean energy 24/7.  It could have significant implications for the future of renewable energy, climate change and in the future of medicine.

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Civil engineering doctoral student Alyssa Ryan has been named a 2020 Traffic Safety Scholar and awarded a scholarship to attend the 38th annual Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities to be held on March 15 through 17 in Tampa, Florida. She is one of an elite group of 50 U.S. and international students selected through a competitive application process to attend the nation’s largest and oldest gathering of highway safety professionals.

Associate Professor Wei Fan of the Chemical Engineering Department has collaborated with UMass Chemistry Professor Scott Auerbach and others to boost our understanding of zeolite catalyst structure and vibrations in an effort that can lead to new materials for clean energy and carbon capture, among many other applications. Their cutting-edge research appeared as the cover story in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS).

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Nianqiang “Nick” Wu has been appointed to the Armstrong/Siadat Endowed Professorship in Materials Science of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department at UMass Amherst. Wu’s work in the ChE department begins in January 2020, after spending five years as a professor at West Virginia University (WVU). The endowed professorship is awarded to a researcher in the area of materials science in ChE department.

Associate Professor Jessica Schiffman and Assistant Professor Lauren Andrews of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department have received a three-year, $515,473 grant from National Science Foundation (NSF) Division Of Materials Research. The NSF funding will support fundamental research that aims to understand how bacteria attach to polymer materials and enable the re-engineering of hydrogel-coated biomedical devices...

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