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Anna Goldstein, a senior research fellow in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, commented in an article by David Roberts on Vox based on the theme that getting to net-zero carbon emissions will require rapid, radical innovation.

 

Wen Chen (MIE) is PI on a three-year, $345,470 NSF grant to investigate microscale residual stresses in additively manufactured stainless steel. Additive manufacturing, also called 3D printing, could be a key technology for the manufacture of stainless-steel engineering components in automotive, aerospace, defense, biomedical, and other industries if certain “disruptive” aspects can be alleviated.

In the AIChE interview, Peyton is asked to “tell us a bit about your experience as an out LGBTQIA+ professional working in engineering.” She replies that “My experience has been fantastic. I have been blessed to have amazing, supportive, and collaborative colleagues...When I was looking for tenure-track jobs, being able to work at an excellent institution while also living in a welcoming area was very important to me."

The NSF has awarded Principal Investigator Michale Zink (ECE) a two-year, $750,000 grant to develop new architectures and tools for the safe, efficient, and economic operation of drones - a vital project called FlyNet.

College of Engineering members Eric Crawley and Melissa Paciulli are the Entrepreneurs-in-Residence of the 2020 Collegiate Summer Venture Program (CSVP), hosted by the UMass Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship and the Valley Venture Mentors.

 

Nianqiang “Nick” Wu, the Armstrong-Siadat Endowed Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department, has received the prestigious Sensor Division Outstanding Achievement Award from the Electrochemical Society (ECS). The award was created in 1989 to recognize outstanding achievement in research and/or technical contributions to the field of sensors and to encourage work excellence in the field. 

Kara Parks Fontenot, Ph.D., a lecturer in the College of Engineering Junior Year Writing Program, is part of a team that has received a UMass Amherst ADVANCE Mutual Mentoring Grant for 2020-21. Fontenot is on a team composed of 10 Junior Year Writing faculty members from various UMass colleges and departments who are working to integrate classroom and online learning more effectively through digitally enhanced, face-to-face, hybrid, and/or completely online courses, which will prove absolutely invaluable during the coronavirus crisis.

Dr. Sanjay Raja Arwade and Dr. Don J. DeGroot, Sc.D., P.E., both professors in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, have received a $317,732 grant from the National Science Foundation for a project on wind technology. They are developing models for loading placed on “multiline ring anchors” subjected to wind, waves, and other forces as part of offshore wind development.

Assistant Professor Jae-Hwang Lee of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department is the principal investigator for UMass Amherst on a three-year, $700,000 project, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), to develop pioneering high-performance materials required by many of the world’s most significant industries. Lee is collaborating on the NSF project with Rutgers University principal investigator Professor Jonathan Singer and co-principal investigator Assimina Pelegri.

Woodrow W Winchester III, a senior lecturer and director of engineering management in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, has registered a couple of notable achievements recently. First, he was invited to be a fellow in the second cohort of the National Science Foundation-funded Aspire Alliance’s Institutional Change Network IAspire Leadership Academy. Then, Fast Company published an enlightening article written by Winchester addressing racial bias in the design of emerging technologies.

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