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Professor John Tobiason of our Civil and Environmental Engineering Department was a prime interviewee for an August 16 Smithsonian magazine article commenting about The Drinkable Book, a remarkable publication made of pages that can purify water in developing countries using silver nanoparticles implanted in the paper. Researcher Theresa Dankovich of Carnegie...

There has been national news coverage of a four-year, $632,369 grant from the National Science Foundation to support students transferring from community colleges to the College of Engineering. David M. Ford, professor of chemical engineering and associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Engineering, is heading up the program. He says scholarships for academically strong engineering students, who may not otherwise be able to afford college, will increase the number of engineering graduates entering the workforce. Read articles:...

Professor Zlatan Aksamija of our Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is a co-principal investigator for a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), MIT, and UMass Amherst that has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) $1,999,966 grant to study the heterostructures of 2D materials and their thermal properties. The grant was awarded by the NSF’s Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) Program, and the research project is entitled “Thermal Transport in 2D Materials for Next Generation Nanoelectronics - From...

Jungwoo Lee, chemical engineering, is part of a research team that has developed a new design for a microchip that can retrieve microfluidically attached cancer cells for analysis by integrating a three-dimensional hydrogel scaffold into a fluidic device. The research attracted the interest of many websites in the scientific media, including AZOnano, Science Daily, ...

The news website of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has posted an article about the nanoscale memristive radiofrequency switches developed by two of DARPA’s Young Faculty Award (YFA) recipients, Qiangfei Xia and Joseph Bardin, both assistant professors from our Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. The DARPA story is entitled “New Nanoscale Programmable Switches Promise Faster, More Versatile Chip-scale Devices.”...

Olivia Gilligan Corsetti, of Somerville, a member of the Class of 2019 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been chosen to receive the first annual $1,000 scholarship in memory of Hannah Beth Frilot, a member of the UMass Amherst Class of 2015 who died last year.

The UMass Amherst Information Technology office, where Frilot was a student help center consultant for two years, established the scholarship in her memory. While more than $7,000 has been raised so far,fundraising continues towards a goal of $25,000, which will endow the scholarship and honor her in...

Research Assistant Professor Patrick Ray is part of a team of researchers in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department building a knowledge base about the Brahmaputra River in South Asia that will help scientists and water managers in the region. The project is aimed at alleviating poverty, improving hydroelectric and agricultural potential, and improving the overall lives of more than one billion people living near the river basin. Read related article at SciDev.net »...

Principal Investigator Michael Henson of the Chemical Engineering Department has received a three-year NSF award totaling $300,000 to develop process modeling technology for synthesis gas fermentation reactors. The Co-Principal Investigator is Derek Griffin of LanzaTech, a leader in industrial gas fermentation technology. The award will support “the development of computational models that allow the simulation and optimization of complex bubble column reactors used industrially.” UMass will work closely...

Professor Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department is the Principal Investigator for a team of researchers from UMass Amherst and Texas A&M University that is receiving widespread media attention for developing a blade-mounted, ultrasonic whistle for wind turbines that will protect bats by warning them to stay away. The original story was generated by the College of Engineering, adapted as a press release by the UMass News Office, and picked up by the Associated Press. Read media articles:...

From July 12 through 24, the College of Engineering held its third annual Summer ENGineering Institute (SENGI), this year running well-planned science and engineering learning activities for 43 high school students from around New England and beyond. The director of SENGI was Paula Rees, who is also the director of the Diversity Programs Office at the college.

From July 12 through 24, the College of Engineering held its third annual Summer ENGineering Institute (SENGI), this year running well-planned science and engineering learning activities for 43 high school students from...

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