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Associate Professor Neil Forbes of the Chemical Engineering Department has published a review entitled “Engineering the perfect (bacterial) cancer therapy” in the November 2010 (Vol 10 No 11) edition of the prestigious publication, Nature Reviews (Cancer). As Dr. Forbes summarizes such a “perfect therapy” in his article: “It would be tiny programmable 'robot factories' that specifically target tumors, are selectively cytotoxic to cancer cells, are self-propelled, are responsive to external signals, can sense the local environment, and are externally detectable.”

On November 5, a shoebox-sized vehicle with the intriguing name of “Green Rock Eating Monster” will try to take Salt Lake City by storm with a hail of hydrogen electrons. The little vehicle, which runs on clean green hydrogen, is the University of Massachusetts Amherst entry in the national Chem-E-Car Competition, sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) at its Annual Student Conference in Salt Lake City.

In October, employees from the Raytheon Company met with 17 College of Engineering female and minority students to give them a first-hand crash course in the culture of industry and the value of diversity in the corporate setting. James Chang, a member of the Raytheon Asian Pacific Association, George Bamfo, who is from the Raytheon Black Employee Network, and Mary Ellen O’Donnell, vice-president of the Raytheon Women’s Network, gave our students their insiders’ perspective on their Raytheon experience and offered our students their leadership and mentoring advice.

AMHERST, Mass. – Wellesley resident Michael Hluchyj was honored on October 16 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a College of Engineering 2010 Outstanding Senior Alumni Award for having brought recognition and honor to the college through his professional achievements, leadership, and service to his profession, university, and society.

A WWLP Channel 22 news team covered the Women in Engineering Career Day on Monday, October 25, when more than 250 female students, teachers, and guidance counselors from high schools representing more than 50 towns and cities throughout Massachusetts met in the Lincoln Campus Center Auditorium at UMass Amherst. "We get over 3,000 applications a year to the College of Engineering,” Assistant Dean Kathy Rubin told Channel 22. “We enroll a class of 350 students each year, but the number of females stays constant at about 20 percent to 22 percent, and that’s a national figure."

Peter Monson, who was just appointed by the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees as a Distinguished Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department, has reached his august status by following the guiding principle of Ockham’s Razor. Ockham's Razor is attributed to a 14th-century English logician, theologian, and Franciscan friar, Father William of Ockham, who wrote that "entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity." The principle is popularly summarized as "the simplest explanation is usually the correct one."

Research by George Huber, his post-doctoral researcher Rong Xing, and their colleagues in the Chemical Engineering Department, who have developed a new four-step, practical, and economical process for producing jet and diesel fuels from waste biomass, is attracting international attention from the chemical industry. The new process uses raw materials that represent waste from power plants, wood manufacturing plants, and pulp mills and yields alkanes more suitable for transportation fuels than any previous methods.

On October 25, more than 250 female students, teachers, and guidance counselors from high schools representing more than 50 towns and cities throughout Massachusetts gathered in the Lincoln Campus Center Auditorium at UMass Amherst for the annual Women in Engineering Career Day Conference. The program was designed to be fun, entertaining, eye-opening, and instructive. The aim was to excite, inspire, and encourage young women to pursue engineering as an academic track and career path.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Department doctoral candidate Pritish Narayanan, a student of ECE Professor C. Andras Moritz (pictured), has received the Best Student Paper Award at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Symposium on Defect and Fault Tolerance in VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) Systems, held in Kyoto, Japan, from October 6 to 8.

Raytheon recently signed an agreement with the University of Massachusetts Amherst to make Raytheon’s Principles of Systems Engineering (PoSE) course part of the College of Engineering curriculum. More than 5,200 Raytheon employees have completed PoSE, but this exciting partnership between two respected Massachusetts organizations marks the first time that PoSE has been taught for college credit to non-Raytheon graduate students and undergraduate seniors.

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