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Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department Head John Klier reports that a ChE team consisting of himself, Shelly Peyton, and Sarah Perry is collaborating with Todd Emerick in the UMass Polymer Science and Engineering Department and Anna Balazs at the University of Pittsburgh to investigate a new class of materials, known intriguingly as “cryptic materials,” which undergo strengthening in response to mechanical deformation.

Professor Christos Dimitrakopoulos of the Chemical Engineering Department has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors. Dimitrakopoulos, who joined the university in 2013, holds more than 89 U.S. patents and has authored or co-authored more than 90 publications, with a total citation count of more than 22,450. Dimitrakopoulos has also given more than 70 invited talks at national and international conferences and academic, government, and industrial institutions.

Chemical Engineering (ChE) undergraduate Josh McGee won first place in the Food, Pharmaceuticals, and Biotech group of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Undergraduate Poster Session at its recent AIChE Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Woodrow W Winchester III, Ph.D., a lecturer and the director of Engineering Management in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, wrote a defining article in the American Society for Engineering Management’s (ASEM) Fall 2019 issue of Practice Periodical – Articles for the Practicing Engineering Manager. Winchester’s article was titled “Great Time to Be an Engineering Manager."

Professor Sundar Krishnamurty, the head of the UMass Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, has been elected to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Mechanical Engineering Department Head/Chair Executive Committee (MEDHEC). The MEDHEC is an ad hoc committee consisting of elected mechanical engineering department heads and chairs at institutions of advanced learning.

Associate Professor Marco Duarte of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department is part of an interdisciplinary, inter-institutional team of researchers who recently received a three-year, $1.5-million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to further develop the foundations of data science in a project that will create one of NSF’s TRIPODS Institutes for Theoretical Foundations of Data Science. TRIPODS stands for Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science. See UMass News Office article: Computer Science-Math-Engineering Team Forms New NSF Institute .

Associate Professor Shelly Peyton and Professor Neil St. John Forbes, both of the Chemical Engineering Department, were two of the six winners of the inaugural Manning Prize given by the UMass Amherst Institute of Applied Life Sciences (IALS). The mission of so-called Manning/IALS Seed Grants of $100,000 apiece, according to the IALS website, “is to move the cutting-edge science at UMass Amherst into the real world.”

According to the Falmouth Patch, the trailer featuring the Distractology® program, developed by the UMass Amherst College of Engineering and the Arbella Insurance Foundation, visited Falmouth High School on Cape Cod from November 12 to 15. The program shows students the dangers of driving while talking on the phone, texting, or any other common distraction.

On November 19 and 20, UMassSafe, a division of the UMass Transportation Center, hosted the 2019 Commercial Vehicle Safety Summit with a theme of “Best Practices for Industry and Law Enforcement Partnerships.” The event brought together safety stakeholders from across the Northeast, including those from state trucking and bus associations, law enforcement, state drivers licensing agencies, universities, and government.

Associate Professor Shelly Peyton of the Chemical Engineering Department has been successfully elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows – Class of 2020. According to AIMBE, the College of Fellows is composed of 2,000 individuals, the top two percent of the medical and biological engineering community, who are outstanding bioengineers in academia, industry, clinical practice, and government. “These leaders in the field have distinguished themselves through their contributions in research, industrial practice, and/or education,” as the AIMBE website explains.

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