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Hong Je Cho, a chemical engineering graduate student working in the research lab of ChE Professor Wei Fan, recently published articles in two of the most impactful journals in the general field of catalysis, meaning the increase in the rate of a chemical reaction of one or more reactants due to the participation of an additional substance called a catalyst. “One of my students, Hong Je Cho, just had two papers published on ACS Catalysis and Green Chemistry,” said Fan. “The two journals have highest impact factors in the fields of catalysis, one is 5 and another one is 7...

On May 21, Christopher Ahmadjian, the principal investigator for the UMass Transportation Center and program manager for the Baystate Roads and Massachusetts Technical Assistance (MTAP) Programs, received the Meritorious Service Award at the American Public Works Association Northeast Chapter's commemorative scholarship luncheon. The award is given for outstanding contribution to public works in the field of academics. “This award acknowledges private enterprise or academic institutions for the important role they play in providing public works services,” said Richard J...

Dr. Briana Tomboulian, a NASA Graduate Research Fellow who earned her Ph.D. from the UMass Amherst Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department in June, has been chosen by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) to serve as the 2014-2015 ASME Congressional Fellow. The goal of ASME Congressional Fellows is to advise legislators on key science and technology issues that are often beyond the grasp of non-scientists. According to ASME, for more than 40 years Congressional Fellows have filled this knowledge gap by serving as key advisors to federal policy makers on energy,...

The Supermileage Vehicle (SMV) Team from the UMass Amherst Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department placed fourth and was among five teams to achieve 1,000 miles per gallon at the annual Society of Automotive Engineers Supermileage® Competition held on June 5 and 6 at Eaton’s Proving Grounds in Marshall, Michigan. The UMass SMV team’s vehicle achieved an eye-popping 1,142 miles per gallon, 132 mpg better than the team’s impressive fourth-place finish from last year. This is the 35th year of the competition, which challenges teams to build a one-person, fuel-efficient vehicle...

Four students from Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Mi-Hyun Park’s course in Geographic Information Systems for Engineers won the “People’s Choice Award” at the Northeast Arc Users Group Conference (NEARC) in Amherst on May 13. The four students were Curt Harrington, David Burgess, Jonathan Freeman, and Roland Barbeito, and their faculty advisors for the project were Park and Michael Knodler. The subject of the poster was “A GIS-based Approach to Identifying Optimal Locations for Variable Speed Limit Implementation in Massachusetts.” NEARC is an annual, one-day conference...

America has always been a nation of tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs, as symbolized best by Ben Franklin and his amazing array of innovations, including bifocals, the Franklin Stove, the lightning rod, swim fins, a glass armonica, an odometer, and mapping the Gulf Stream. In true Franklinesque tradition, a growing number of Americans have recently gained access to technologies such as 3D printers, laser cutters, open-source, low-cost microcontrollers, easy-to-use design software, and desktop machine tools, democratizing the act of making and enabling citizens to build just about...

Mechanical engineering major Moijue Kaikai has been selected for a UMass Amherst award by the Provost’s Committee on Service-Learning because of his array of community service activities during his undergraduate career at the university. “I am writing to congratulate you!” said John Reiff, the director of UMass Civic Engagement and Service-Learning. “You were nominated by [Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Professor] Erin Baker for an award, the Academic Engagement for Community Transformation Award, which recognizes your leadership, academic excellence, and contribution to a...

Research by Professor Erin Baker of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department was included as a recent NSF Highlight on the Research.gov website, posted by the National Science Foundation to spotlight outstanding research that it has funded. Baker’s highlight (http://go.usa.gov/8M7F) was entitled "The role of uncertainty in technology selection" and was based upon the following NSF Award:...

On May 27, Shelly Peyton, chemical engineering, Caitlyn Butler, civil and environmental engineering, Paula Sturdevant Rees, director of diversity programs at the College of Engineering, recent alumna Rachel Roberts, and graduate student Paula Santiago were all interviewed for a report on the stereotypes about women in engineering and the hurdles they often need to clear in order to pursue careers in the field. During the wide-ranging discussion, Butler pointed out that women often respond differently than men to the grades they get in their courses. “I think there’s a confidence issue,”...

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the College of Engineering was one of two teams from UMass Amherst to share the 2014 Armstrong Fund for Science Award. Assistant Professors Shelly Peyton and Jessica Schiffman of the Chemical Engineering Department and Stephen Nonnenmann of the Mechanical Engineering Department will receive $30,000 for their project, “Nanomechanics, biofilms and cystic fibrosis.” The purpose of the Armstrong Fund for Science Award is to encourage transformative research on campus that introduces new ways of thinking about pressing scientific or technical...

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