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The UMass Amherst Alumni Association has announced the 2020 William F. Field Alumni Scholars and the Senior Leadership Award recipients.


Dr. Chul Park of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and Assistant Dean for Diversity Paula Rees, Ph.D., are among four faculty members who have been awarded Public Service Endowment Grants from a special campus fund designed to boost outreach, extend the campus resources into the surrounding community, and enhance the public service mission of the university.

A team at UMass Amherst reports developing a bioelectronic-ammonia-gas sensor that is among the most sensitive ever made. The sensor, created by Biomedical Engineering Department doctoral student Alexander Smith (first author) with his advisor Jun Yao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Derek Lovely of the Microbiology Department, uses electric-charge-conducting protein nanowires derived from the bacterium Geobacter to provide biomaterials for electrical devices.

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) has elected Erin Baker, a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department and an asociate dean in the College of Engineering, as one of the three newly elected members of the Engineering Research Council (ERC) Executive Board.

A team of academic and industry experts, including The Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) in the College of Engineering, is collaborating with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on a project aimed at controlling low-flying manned and unmanned aircraft over cities in the U.S. in the next decade.

Jun Yao, an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and an adjunct professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department, is the principal investigator for the interdisciplinary team of researchers who received the 2020 Armstrong Fund for Science Award from UMass Amherst.

Liquid meltwater can sometimes flow deep below the Greenland Ice Sheet in winter, not just in the summer, according to work published on April 9 in the American Geophysical Union journal Geophysical Research Letters by Dr. Colin J. Gleason of the UMass Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department and his colleague Dr. Lincoln Pitcher at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Associate Professor Joseph Bardin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has been selected to receive the 2020 Outstanding Young Engineer Award (see link here) from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S).

Tejas Panambur, an M.S. candidate in the UMass Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, was part of a multi-institutional team of students who took one of four first-place prizes during the COVID-19 IDEAthon Beat the Pandemic event as part of the continuing MIT COVID-19 challenge.

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering Peter Beltramo has been selected as a University of Massachusetts Amherst Lilly Teaching Fellow for the 2020-21 academic year. Eight Fellows are selected for the program each year from departments across the campus. The Lilly Teaching Fellowship provides early-career faculty with an opportunity to enhance and refine their teaching abilities both inside and outside the classroom.