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Sanket Sabnis, a fifth-year doctoral student in Professor Wei Fan’s research group within the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department, has won the 2020 College of Engineering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award. As Sabnis has said, “I am from Mumbai, India, and I identify as a gay man.” In that context, as ChE Department Head John Klier wrote while nominating Sabnis for the award, “Sanket has made tremendous efforts and impact in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in our department, the college, the university, and beyond.”

The UMass Amherst College of Engineering is proud to announce the recipients of its 2020 outstanding alumni awards. Honorees represent the college’s five departments, and include five Distinguished Alumni and four Outstanding Young Alumni.

An interdisciplinary collaboration among Wei Fan of the Chemical Engineering Department, Principal Investigator Scott Auerbach of the Chemistry Department, and other UMass researchers promises to advance our understanding of zeolite catalyst structure and lead to new materials for clean energy and carbon capture, among other applications.

Professors Qiangfei Xia and Jianhua (Joshua) Yang of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department have published yet another in a long series of papers in the prestigious family of Nature academic journals, this one in the latest issue of Nature Electronics. In this paper, the two ECE researchers and their research team described their construction and operation of a three-dimensional (3D) circuit composed of eight layers of integrated memristive devices in which the novel structure makes it possible to directly map and implement complex neural networks.

Tilman Wolf, senior vice provost for academic affairs and professor, department of electrical and computer engineering has received a Distinguished Teaching Award for exemplary teaching at the highest institutional level. This campus-wide honor is the only student-initiated award on campus.

Before the COVID-19 epidemic closed down large events in New England, 10 seniors from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department participated in the regional conference of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in Hartford, Connecticut (ASME EFx® Hartford). As ASME wrote, the conference was “designed to bring the excitement, community, innovation, and vibrant experience of an ASME E-Fests flagship event to local colleges and universities.”

Research Professor Tammy Haut Donahue of the UMass Amherst Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department has been elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows, comprised of more than 2,000 individuals who have made significant contributions to the medical and biological engineering community in academia, industry, government, and education that have transformed the world.

The Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM) program in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department was recently ranked the fourth best online master’s engineering management degree in the country by the 2020 Best Value Colleges rankings Guide to Online Schools for 121 programs, as published by Optimal.

Unsafe drinking water is responsible for at least 500,000 deaths every year in low- and middle-income countries, where households might use many different sources of water, and family members might therefore contact pathogens from various water supplies. That critical problem was the issue being tackled by Dr. Emily Kumpel of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department when she was selected as a UMass Center for Research on Families (CRF) Research Fellow for 2020-2021.

Professors Jonathan Rothstein and Jungwoo Lee have been selected as outstanding faculty in the College of Engineering in 2020. These selections were made through the hard work of a college-level faculty selection committee.

 

 

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