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Super Stud Building Products Donates Critical Materials for Peterman Research Project

Kara Peterman

Kara Peterman

The Walls & Ceilings website reported that Super Stud Building Products has donated cold-formed steel framing system materials for a study being conducted by Assistant Professor Kara Peterman of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Peterman’s study, which will be conducted throughout the summer, will explore the structural response of cold-formed steel stud assemblies to partial bearing conditions (i.e., not fully bearing on a concrete slab). Peterman was recently recognized for her work with cold-formed steel framing when she won the prominent 2018 Norman Medal, the highest honor granted by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

UMass Researchers Design Coating Material Inspired by Shark Skin Capable of Destroying “Superbugs” in Hospitals

Jessica Schiffman

Jessica Schiffman

Microbial resistance by so-called “superbugs” living in hospital environments causes 2-million U.S. infections and 23,000 deaths a year. Now hospital superbugs can be destroyed by covering bed rails, door knobs, and other surfaces with coating material inspired by a shark’s skin, according to new research led by UMass Amherst polymer scientist James Watkins and Chemical Engineering Professor Jessica Schiffman, along with a team of their graduate students. The research has been reported in a paper available online in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

See News Office release and related articles in Health Medicine Network, IEEE Engineering 360, Science and Technology Research News.

CEE Doctoral Student Co-founds Prize-winning Startup Offering Groundbreaking Treatment for Water Contaminants

Julie Bliss Mullen

Julie Bliss Mullen

Feature writer Scott Merzbach reported in the Daily Hampshire Gazette that a transformative water-treatment discovery by doctoral student Julie Bliss Mullen of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is the basis for a promising startup company named Aclarity LLC, a UMass Amherst spinoff that is developing technology to remove contaminants from water in a cost-effective way. Mullen and Barrett Mully, a UMass Amherst MBA student, founded Aclarity in 2017 and won $26,000 last year from the Innovation Challenge, an entrepreneurship contest run by Berthiaume Center at the Isenberg School of Management.

Kim Renier Selected for Coveted Dean’s Service Award

Kim Renier, the director of finance and administration on the UMass College of Engineering Business Office, is the 2018 winner of the esteemed Dean’s Service Award. As one of Renier’s colleagues summed up her intrinsic value to the whole college, “She is a critical resource for the dean, associate deans, department heads, administrative officers, and everyone who comes in contact with her for information and guidance. Quite simply, we couldn’t do our jobs without her.”


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