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Principal Investigator Michael Henson of the Chemical Engineering Department has received a three-year NSF award totaling $300,000 to develop process modeling technology for synthesis gas fermentation reactors. The Co-Principal Investigator is Derek Griffin of LanzaTech, a leader in industrial gas fermentation technology. The award will support “the development of computational models that allow the simulation and optimization of complex bubble column reactors used industrially.” UMass will work closely...

Professor Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department is the Principal Investigator for a team of researchers from UMass Amherst and Texas A&M University that is receiving widespread media attention for developing a blade-mounted, ultrasonic whistle for wind turbines that will protect bats by warning them to stay away. The original story was generated by the College of Engineering, adapted as a press release by the UMass News Office, and picked up by the Associated Press. Read media articles:...

From July 12 through 24, the College of Engineering held its third annual Summer ENGineering Institute (SENGI), this year running well-planned science and engineering learning activities for 43 high school students from around New England and beyond. The director of SENGI was Paula Rees, who is also the director of the Diversity Programs Office at the college.

From July 12 through 24, the College of Engineering held its third annual Summer ENGineering Institute (SENGI), this year running well-planned science and engineering learning activities for 43 high school students from...

Caitlyn Butler of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department has received a $1,500 grant from the UMass Amherst Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) to serve as a Student Centered Teaching and Learning (SCTL) Fellow for the coming academic year.

As Glenn Caffery of the CTFD wrote to Butler when announcing the grant “The selection committee was impressed by the strength of the applicant pool. Your proposal was chosen because of the direct impact your project will have on student learning, the perspective you will bring to the fellowship cohort, and the...

Paula Rees, the Director of the Diversity Programs Office at the College of Engineering, participated in presenting three papers at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) 2015 Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington, on June14 to 17.

The first paper, entitled “The Impact of Federally Funded Scholarship Programs on the Success of Transfer Students at a Public Engineering College,” reviewed the effects of two National Science Foundation S-STEM (Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) grants on undergraduate minority engineering transfer...

A group of brilliant undergraduate researchers, working on cutting-edge summer projects, will present a poster session on Friday, July 31, from 10:00 a.m. to noon in the Campus Center Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. All the students are participating in various programs under the umbrella of the Research Experience for Undergraduates, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The poster session is free and open to the public.

Examples of the exciting and topical research on display will include: a habitat-use analysis of breeding bald eagles near...

The College of Engineering recently received a $632,369 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program. The S-STEM program “addresses the need for a high quality STEM workforce” by increasing the success of “low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need” who are pursuing degrees in STEM fields, according to the NSF. See NSF S-STEM Program Description

This grant, entitled...

Professors Guoping Zhang and Don J. DeGroot of the Geotechnical Engineering Program within the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (CEE) are overseeing research being funded by GeoEngineers, a Seattle-based earth science and technology company. GeoEngineers awarded the CEE department a $10,000 unrestricted grant and $20,000 in fellowship money, both supporting coastal research to be conducted by the department.

DeGroot noted that the main person at GeoEngineers to take the initiative for the fellowship donation is David S....

A significant discovery by a team of researchers that includes Assistant Professor Zlatan Aksamija and graduate student Arnab Majee of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has been covered widely in many scientific news outlets, including Science Daily,  Nanowerk News, Chemeurope.com,...

Radhameris (Radha) Gómez, a Ph.D. candidate in the Transportation Engineering group in the UMass Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, was recently awarded the 2015 Ann M. Hershfang Graduate Scholarship by the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Boston Chapter. The competitive Hershfang Graduate Scholarship is awarded to a woman enrolled in a transportation-related graduate program with plans to pursue a career in the transportation industry.

Gómez was selected for this award based on her research interests in vulnerable road users, her mentoring and leadership...

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