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ChE’s Jentoft and Fan Will Use New X-ray Diffractometer for Studying Catalysts in the Production of Renewable New Chemicals and Fuels

Friederike Jentoft

Friederike Jentoft

Professors Friederike Jentoft and Wei Fan of the Chemical Engineering Department collaborated on a team of chemists and chemical engineering researchers that received a $259,528 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and its Major Research Instrumentation program to acquire a new, state-of-the-art “powder X-ray diffractometer” (PXRD). The team is led by Kevin Kittilstved, assistant professor of chemistry. The College of Engineering and College of Natural Sciences are also cooperating with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement to contribute another $111,227 toward the purchase of the new apparatus, expected to go into service in early 2018.

Kulkarni Included on “Talented 12” All-star Team of Rising Researchers

Ashish Kulkarni

Ashish Kulkarni

New Chemical Engineering Professor Ashish Kulkarni was recently included among the so-called “Talented 12”, an international “dream team” of rising all-stars in chemistry, as chosen by Chemical & Engineering News. Dr. Kulkarni’s baseball-card-style photo on the lively Talented 12 webpage nicknamed him the “Cancer Crusher.” He comes to UMass Amherst after serving as an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an associate bioengineer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Kulkarni’s research efforts have been focused on the development of pioneering, structure-activity, relationship-inspired nanomedicine for cancer therapy. See Kulkarni’s Talented 12 profile

Wolf Named Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs

Tilman Wolf

Tilman Wolf

According to the University of Massachusetts Amherst News Office, Dr. Tilman Wolf, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been named senior vice provost for academic affairs by acting provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs John McCarthy. The appointment is effective at the beginning of the new academic year. Wolf will assume most of the responsibilities of Betsy Dumont, who has recently taken a position as dean of the School of Natural Sciences at the University of California, Merced.

ECE Alum Marc Hildebrant Remasters Thomas Edison’s Musical Recordings

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison

Alumnus Marc Hildebrant (BSEE, ’71) of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department was featured earlier this year in IEEE Spectrum’s "Geek Life," describing his work in restoring old music, particularly that recorded by Thomas Edison. The article, dealing with Hildebrant using digital techniques to restore mechanically recorded music to its full glory, also appeared in the Frebruary 2017 print version of The Music Man. According to the article written by Stephen Cass, most sound-restoration projects focus on the obvious issues, such as scratches or hissing, characteristic of decades-old analog storage media. “But Hildebrant is going deeper and fixing some of the distortions introduced by the original mechanical recording process,” Cass wrote.

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