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Chengbo Ai, an assistant professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, recently received an Acorn Innovation Grant to support the development of his low-cost light detection and ranging (LiDAR) sensor technology designed to monitor the wheelchair accessibility of sidewalks.

A press conference by U.S. and Massachusetts officials at the UMass Amherst Water and Energy Testing (WET) Facility in mid-December emphasized the crucial role that this organization is playing in identifying and eliminating so-called “Forever Chemicals” as dangerous toxins in water systems throughout the Commonwealth. 

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has awarded a 2021-22 International Fellowship to Ph.D. student Civian Kiki Massa of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department. Massa's current research focuses on energy poverty and data mining to improve electricity provision services in Africa.

Matthew A. Lackner, a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and director of the Wind Energy Center at UMass Amherst, will discuss the future of offshore wind energy on February 12 as part of the historic Newport Art Museum’s Winter Speaker Series.

Three students of Assistant Professor Xian Du of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department won impressive awards at the recent 2021 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE), sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.


The iCons Program recently announced a new collaboration with the Biomedical Engineering Department (BME) to develop an innovative laboratory course open to both iCons and BME students.


Biomedical Engineering (BME) graduate student Anujan Ramesh has been selected to receive the 2022 Student Award for Outstanding Research from the Society for Biomaterials for his work reprogramming certain immune cells to inhibit tumor growth more effectively.

rStream Recycling LLC, a company founded by two mechanical engineering graduate students, has been announced as one of 10 U.S.-based early-stage companies selected to participate in VentureWell’s Propel workshop this week at the Cambridge Innovation Center. 


Associate Professor Jessica Schiffman, the interim department head of the Chemical Engineering Department, has been selected to the “2021 I&EC Research Class of Influential Researchers – the Americas” by the journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (I&EC).

An interdisciplinary team of UMass Amherst researchers, led by chemical engineering professor Wei Fan and chemistry professor Scott Auerbach, had their recently published article chosen as a “hot” article in the journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics.