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Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Professor Erin Baker — the associate dean of the College of Engineering, director of Wind Energy Fellows, and the faculty director of the Energy Transition Initiative — is currently participating in a threesome of high-profile activities that educate the public, national and international lawmakers, and the engineering and scientific communities about the vast potential of wind energy.

The UMass Amherst College of Engineering is proud to announce the recipients of its 2021 outstanding alumni awards. Awardees represent the college’s five departments, and include five Distinguished Alumni and five Outstanding Young Alumni.  There will be an evening of conversation with recipients on Thursday, April 29, 2021, 6:00pm, with the theme of Impact of Mentorship for the Future of Engineering. The discussion will be facilitated by Dean Sanjay Raman.

The College of Engineering has chosen Professor Friederike Jentoft of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department to receive the 2020-2021 Outstanding Senior Faculty Award. The college has also selected Assistant Professor Colin J. Gleason of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department and Assistant Professor Jun Yao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department as the co-recipients of the 2020-2021 Barbara H. and Joseph J. Goldstein Outstanding Junior Faculty Award.

Assistant Professor Omar Abdelrahman of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department has received a five-year, $500,000 grant from the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development (CAREER) Program to develop dynamic catalysts that can utilize renewable electricity to generate more environmentally sound and inexpensive chemical production. Specifically, his NSF research will attempt to transform the electrochemical oxidation of hydrocarbons into oxygenates.

Jessica Boakye, lecturer, civil and environmental engineering, and Yanfei Xu, assistant professor, mechanical and industrial engineering, have been named 2021-22 Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity and Equity (TIDE) Ambassadors faculty fellows. Read more

Thirteen UMass Amherst students and alumni have received awards from the Graduate Research Fellowship Program. These include Selena Y. Cho, mechanical engineering; Joshua McGee, chemical engineering; and Lars Howell, a current graduate student in chemical engineering. Read more

Nicholas Sbalbi, a junior chemical engineering major, has been awarded a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. His mentors include Peter Beltramo and Sarah Perry. Read more

The Center for Teaching and Learning has announced that Assistant Professor Yanfei Xu of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department has been selected as one of the 10 members of the 2021-2022 TIDE Ambassadors (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity, & Equity) Faculty Fellowship cohort.

Alumnus Charles Jacco, who graduated from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in 2002, has been named by the IT Services Report on its list of Top 25 Cybersecurity IT Executives for 2020. Jacco is a Principal / Partner at KPMG, and currently serves as the Americas Cyber Security Leader, US Cyber Defense Leader, and Global Financial Services Cyber Security Leader.

Professors Erin Baker and Matthew Lackner (MIE) write in The Conversation about the future of offshore wind turbines in the U.S. following the Biden administration’s announced goal to accelerate the review process and provide more funding for projects. 

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