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Professor Sergio Breña (CEE) was presented with the Distinguished Educator Award by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) at its annual Committee Days and Technical Conference. The PCI gives the award to educators who have made significant long-term contributions to the educational mission of PCI, including teaching and research.

Assistant Professor Wen Chen (MIE) was the co-lead author of a trailblazing paper that describes innovative new research to use computational approaches for optimizing the design of 3D-printed parts. The paper was published in Science Advances and was written in collaboration with Lawrence Livermore National Lab.

Engineering majors Telvin Abariga, Payton Andrews, William Day, Leo Goldschmidt, Dalton Macres, Oliver Walz, and Kevin Zheng were among the 24 UMass undergraduates to participate in the 2019 Summer Core Internship Program in the Institute for Applied Life Sciences. An intensive 10-week paid internship, this program focuses on providing students studying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects with hands-on training in a real-world lab setting.

The homepage for Nature.com reads “Hello quantum world!  Google publishes landmark quantum supremacy claim” and features the announcement published 23 October in Nature titled “Quantum supremacy using a programmable superconducting processor” of which Associate Professor Joseph Bardin is a co-author.

Guangyu Xu has been appointed to the prestigious Dev and Linda Gupta Professorship in the College of Engineering for a five-year term. The purpose of the Gupta Professorship is to encourage risk-taking and entrepreneurial pursuits by supporting faculty who bring fresh ideas to the department of electrical and computer engineering.

This summer the College of Engineering collaborated with the Colleges of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), Information and Computer Science (lead), and Natural Sciences, along with the Massenberg Foundation, on a one-week program to engage and excite 16 students from high schools in Massachusetts and New Jersey about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Doctoral student Georgios Provelengios of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has won the Stamatis Vassiliadis Best Paper Award at the 2019 International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications (FPL). His paper was selected as the best paper out of 151 paper submissions. FPL is the top European conference for the reconfigurable computing research field and one of the top four conferences held annually in the field. The paper was titled "Characterizing Power Distribution Attacks in Multi-User FPGA Environments."

James F. Manwell, director of the UMass Wind Energy Center and a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, was the primary author of a critical section of a wind-energy article published in the journal Science. The article is entitled "Grand challenges in the science of wind energy." The process that led to this article also generated the theme – the Grand Vision for Wind Energy – of a formative conference, which will take place at UMass Amherst from October 14 to 16.

The UMass News Office reports that Ernest Pharmaceuticals, a startup venture co-founded by Professor Neil St. John Forbes of the Chemical Engineering Department and based in UMass Amherst’s Institute of Applied Life Sciences (IALS), is one of four companies each to win $2,500 from the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC) in a business pitch poster competition in Boston. Forbes founded the company with current Ernest Pharmaceuticals CEO and bioengineer Nele Van Dessel. The MTTC award recognizes the groundbreaking young biotech firm for its research on programmed bacteria that deliver anticancer treatment to tumors.

An interdepartmental team from the College of Engineering will work together to push the oxygenic photogranule (OPG) process, a UMass lab-born and patented technology, toward commercialization to address the world’s needs for effective and sustainable wastewater treatment. A new $550,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, titled “PFI-RP: Developing Light-Controlled Mixing to Advance Energy Efficient Wastewater Treatment by Oxygenic Photogranules,” will support the team’s research, outreach activities, and student researchers’ entrepreneurship development.

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