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Peter Beltramo of the Chemical Engineering Department has received a grant of $110,000 over two years for his research project on "Interferometric Imaging and Assembly of Nanoparticles at Fluid Interfaces" from the American Chemical Society (ACS) Petroleum Research Fund. As he says, “We will develop new imaging techniques to understand the electric field response of colloidal particles pinned at liquid-liquid interfaces. This work could lead to new strategies for oil extraction, where electric fields could be used to break down and separate water-in-oil emulsions, which is of great interest to the petroleum field.”

Assistant Professor Ashish Kulkarni of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department has been attracting media attention for his four-year, $792,000 grant from the American Cancer Society to advance his interdisciplinary lab’s promising cancer immunotherapy research. The new preclinical research focuses on urothelial bladder cancer, which has a high recurrence rate and has seen limited treatment breakthroughs in recent decades.

The UMass eXperimental X-band radar (UMaXX), a collaborative effort between the Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory (MIRSL) and the Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA), is now providing a groundbreaking data feed from the UMaXX radar on Orchard Hill to the National Weather Service's (NWS) Eastern Regional Headquarters. The radar data will be used by NWS regional forecast offices – principally in the Boston, Albany, and Portland areas – and are viewable in near real time.

The College of Engineering is delighted to announce our newly-tenured and/or promoted faculty members, as voted by the UMass Board of Trustees on August 2, 2019. 

The College of Engineering Equity and Inclusion Office, led by Assistant Dean for Diversity Paula Rees, has been awarded Bronze Level Exemplar status, the highest level issued this submission cycle, by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Diversity Recognition Program. “You are to be commended for your great achievement,” said ASEE Manager of Strategic Projects Geraldine E. Gooding.

The 10th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training, and Vehicle Design (also known as the Driving Assessment Conference) has announced that Ganesh Pai Mangalore of our Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department (MIE) has been awarded a 2019 Honda Outstanding Student Paper Award honorable mention.

Assistant Professor Zlatan Aksamija of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department was part of the UMass team of chemists and electrical engineers who outlined a new way to advance a more efficient, cheaper, polymer-based harvest of heat energy to produce electricity. Aksamija and chemist Dhandapani Venkataraman reported their findings this month in Nature Communications.

The European Academy of Wind Energy (EAWE) has presented the 2019 EAWE Scientific Award to Professor James F. Manwell, a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and the director of the UMass Wind Energy Center. The award was handed over during the conference banquet of the Wind Energy Science Conference in Cork, Ireland, on June 19.

Victor Bahl, an alumnus of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department and currently a Distinguished Scientist with Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington, was presented with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Distinguished Service Award on June 15 in San Francisco. The ACM citation rewarded Bahl for “significant and lasting service to the broad community of mobile computing and wireless networking, and for building strong linkages between academia, industry, and government agencies.”

The 2019 Minuteman Supermileage Team took fifth place out of 30 international teams in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) annual Supermileage® Competition, held on June 6 and 7 in Marshall, Michigan, at the Eaton Corporation Marshall Proving Grounds. The UMass team from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department also won the competition’s Best Design Execution Award.

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