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Erin Baker of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and Eleni Christofa of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department have been awarded Sustainability Curriculum Initiative grants of $1,000 each from the UMass Amherst Libraries. The Libraries awarded the grants to nine faculty members to support revising existing courses and include or augment sustainability topics. As part of the grants, liaison librarians work with faculty to integrate library resources and information literacy into their revised courses. Baker will use her grant to modify her “Introduction to...

Aura Ganz of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has been chosen as a 2014 “Spotlight Scholar” by the UMass Amherst Research Next website. Spotlight Scholars are UMass Amherst faculty members who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in research, scholarship, or creative activity. Professor Ganz was picked from an exceptional pool of nominees for this award, which honors and recognizes individual faculty members who exemplify the quality and commitment of UMass Amherst academics. Recognition comes with a $500 cash prize, commemorative poster, and publicity....

On April 7, when the ninth annual University of Massachusetts Innovation Challenge final business plan competition was held, mDiagnostics, the  team from the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, garnered $15,000 in prize money to support development and marketing of its reliable, portable, single-use, low-cost, Hepatitis C screening device. The team was led by ECE doctoral student Akshaya Shanmugam and guided by her ECE faculty advisor Christopher Salthouse. The Innovation Challenge success only adds to an impressive list of honors earned by Shanmugam over the past two...

The UMass Amherst chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) sent 25 members to the 2014 Northeast Student Regional AIChEConference, held this year at the University of Connecticut, with 350 students in attendance. The event attracted undergraduate chemical engineering students from 21 schools, traveling from as far away as McGill, Cornell, and Maine, to as near as UMass Amherst and the University of New Haven. The regional event featured the popular Chem-E Car race, the Chem-E Jeopardy Challenge, student paper and poster competitions, and a host of workshops to help...

Paul Dauenhauer, the Armstrong Professional Development Professor and DuPont Young Professor in the University of Massachusetts Amherst Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department, is one of 15 researchers in the country to be chosen for an ultracompetitive Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. As ChE Head T.J. Lakis Mountziaris explained, Dauenhauer’s groundbreaking research is “addressing national priorities and global grand challenges in the area of energy and environmental sustainability. Paul’s transformative research will contribute to our country’s energy independence, sustainability,...

Andrew Dodd, a junior mechanical engineering major in the Commonwealth Honors College, has been accepted into the ultra-competitive Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program run by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, for students majoring in science, mathematics, and engineering. Dodd’s extensive background includes three summers of experience in the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), and his research interests are in robotics, photonics, computer-aided design, and coding. Dodd will do his SURF research in the NIST...

Walter Everett Brown, a computer systems engineering and computer science major in the class of 2016, has been chosen by Research Next as one of the four 2014 “Rising Researchers” at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Brown’s faculty advisor is Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Professor Maciej Ciesielski. Research Next is a UMass website and netzine which reports on “the research, scholarship, and creative activity that distinguishes UMass Amherst as a top research university.” Jessica Boakye of the Civil...

Marianne Sleiman, a junior chemical engineering major from Greenville, Rhode Island, is one of three Commonwealth Honors College students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to receive scholarships for work in the natural sciences and engineering as part of the highly competitive Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. Goldwater scholarships are intended to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. Each competing university nominated its top four students, who were then...

The Boston Business Journal reports that Newlans, an Acton (Massachusetts)-based maker of broadband analog signal processing devices, has raised $15 million in Series B funding, led by California-based Intel Capital. The founder and CEO of Newlans is alumnus Dr. Dev Gupta '77 Ph.D., an adjunct professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. The money will be used to accelerate the company's development...

We’ve all seen the problem: Food service employees struggling to tug on those cumbersome, rubbery, hygienic gloves required by law. We’ve all asked ourselves the same question. How many times per day must they yank them on and off? Now a team of seniors from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department has created an automatic mechanism to help them do it. The “Delicatessen Glove Donning Machine” won first place in the senior capstone design contest, held on April 30, when 23 teams from the MIE department demonstrated the prototypes of their useful, inventive, and brilliant...

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