Civil engineering major Jihan Eljadidi was featured liberally in a posted article by the U.S. Army after she participated in the 13th Annual Future Workforce Poster Presentation at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center on Aug. 15 in Natick. Eljadidi was a Pathways intern in the Expeditionary Maneuver Support Directorate, where she worked on products designed to protect soldiers in the field. Among other comments, she said that "I've had the opportunity to work with knowledgeable and helpful people who really took the time to explain things."
Krish Thiagarajan Sharman, the Endowed Chair in Renewable Energy and a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, will be working with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on a one-year, $211,386 grant supported by the Department of Energy (DOE) to create variable geometry wave energy converters. Such devices “can provide a paradigm shift in the offshore renewable community that will push the industry towards commercialization of electricity generation from ocean waves,” as Sharman and his colleagues say.
An article posted by the Naval Sea Systems Command reports how Chemical Engineering major Zachary Young says that his experience participating in the Undersea Technology Apprentice Program Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Robotics Competition, sponsored by the United States Navy, gave him hands-on experience to help define his professional goals once he graduates from UMass in 2020. Young is currently an intern working for the Navy’s Division Newport’s Chief Technology Officer.
According to an article in Forbes, Aclarity, a company birthed from the Ph.D. research of Julie Bliss Mullen from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, has surpassed $1 million from an initial venture capital pre-seed round. The funds will be invested into further research and development for Aclarity's water-purifying device, which went on sale commercially earlier this year, made in the town of Springfield. Forbes had previously named Mullen in the magazine’s all-star listing of “30 Under 30 for Science” for 2018.
A team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a four-year, $1.75-million NSF Designing Materials to Revolutionize and Engineer our Future (DMREF) award to study and construct a new class of soft and stretchable electronic devices that can be used in future healthcare, security, and communications applications.
UMass Amherst has climbed into the Top 25 of the nation’s premier public universities in the Best Colleges 2020 guide published by U.S. News & World Report. Advancing from No. 52 in 2010 to No. 24 in 2020, our ascent makes us the fastest-rising, top-tier public-research university in the country. Our revolutionary ideas and impact is on par with the best universities in the nation and the world. As the largest producer of undergraduate STEM degrees in the Commonwealth, we play a vital role in filling the talent pipeline that drives the Massachusetts knowledge economy. Go UMass!
UMass alumna Karen Skolfield, a lecturer in the College of Engineering Junior Writing Program and a writer-in-residence in the college’s Career Development and Experiential Learning Center, was recently interviewed in the weekly “Ten Questions” column of the distinguished magazine Poets & Writers. Her second poetry collection, Battle Dress, was published in August by W.W. Norton, and she is also the author of a previous poetry collection, Frost in the Low Areas.
In August New England Public Radio (NEPR) posted a long article on the often misunderstood “zipper merge” in traffic. NEPR interviewed a number of experts, including two College of Engineering faculty members: Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Professor Michael Knodler, director of MassSafe; and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department Associate Professor Ana Muriel, who is also the associate department head.
The Civil and Environmental (CEE) Department is quite fortunate to welcome Dr. John E. Tobiason, P.E., as its new department head. Tobiason has over 30 years of research and professional experience in water treatment with emphasis on particles in water, coagulation, and water filtration. He has been with the UMass CEE department since 1987 and is a faculty member in the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Program.
Assistant Professor Tingyi “Leo” Liu of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department is part of a team of researchers from UMass Amherst and UCLA who have developed a more cost-efficient and dependable method of manipulating small droplets on a hydrophilic surface. According to the researchers, the new method is “promising a simple and reliable microfluid platform for a broad range of applications” that could go far beyond current functions related to liquid lenses and diagnostics kits.