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I think it’s an accurate reflection of the timely, relevant, and significant research being performed at the UMass College of Engineering that in the past three months we have received three multi-million-dollar grants to tackle some of society’s most critical problems. We received $4.1 million to start a new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) drinking water center, $1.56 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to engineer a revolutionary new cancer treatment, and $2.4 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the increasingly complex ways in which...

Jae-Hwang Lee

Jae-Hwang Lee, a faculty member in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is the lead and corresponding author of an article published on November 28 In Science magazine. The article describes special high-tech ballistic testing of natural graphene which demonstrates experimentally for the first time how this material can be used to construct a lighter, more protective, kind of bulletproof vest. See BBC article:...

David A. Reckhow

Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have announced that David A. Reckhow, a professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and his colleagues have received a $4.1-million grant to create a national center for research aimed at assisting small-sized drinking water systems. There was regional and national news coverage of the November 17 event: Gazette,...

Neil Forbes

Neil Forbes of the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a five-year, $1.56-million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to engineer what he calls “super-safe Salmonella bacteria” to act as Trojan Horses and deliver cancer-killing agents directly into tumors. His Salmonella vectors – armed with special cancer-ravaging peptides and a gene-disrupting ribonucleic acid (RNA) called shRNA – are designed to steal into cancer tumors, interrupt essential cell processes there, destroy cancer cells, eliminate cancer...

Casey Brown

Casey Brown of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department was the co-author of an article published in Science (www.sciencemag.org) on October 24. The article is entitled “Coping with the curse of freshwater variability: Information, institutions, and infrastructure for adaptation.” In addition to Brown, the other authors are J.W. Hall, D. Grey, D. Garrick, F. Fung, S.J. Dadson, and C.W. Sadoff, who are respectively from Oxford University in the UK, McMaster University in Canada, the Environment Agency of Bristol...

Paul Siqueira

Paul Siqueira of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is one of 15 scientists selected by NASA to serve on the Science Definition Team of a $600-million collaborative mission between NASA and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). In a meeting in Toronto on September 30, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of ISRO, signed two documents to launch a NASA-ISRO satellite mission to observe Earth and establish a pathway for future joint missions to explore Mars. The Science Definition Team is a group of 15 scientists nationwide who are...

Shelly Peyton

Undergraduate Shayna Nolan of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department is one of five students who have been selected to receive the fall 2014 UMass Amherst Rising Researcher student achievement award. This new award, sponsored by the Vice Chancellors for University Relations and Research and Engagement, recognizes exceptional UMass Amherst undergraduate students who excel in research, scholarship, or creative activity. ChE Professor Shelly Peyton nominated Nolan for the award in recognition of her research on cell migration on biomaterial surfaces, conducted under Peyton’s direction....

Christopher Hollot

C.V. Hollot, the head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, is a member of the interdisciplinary research team from UMass Amherst and the University of Minnesota that received a four-year, $2.4-million, National Science Foundation grant to study the increasingly complex ways in which content is delivered to users on the Internet and to invent new architectural and algorithmic mechanisms to coordinate these interactions better. Hollot’s expertise is in control theory and its applications. As co-investigator and UMass Amherst computer scientist Don Towsley noted, "Solving...

David R. Gaboury

On Thursday, October 30, David R. Gaboury, P.E. (B.S. '76 CEE) delivered the 15th annual Tang Lecture in the Amherst Room, 10th floor, Campus Center on the University of Massachusetts Amherst Campus. The title of Mr. Gaboury’s Tang Lecture was “Prosperous Growth in Service of Employees, Clients, and Communities.” Gaboury is the president and CEO of Terracon, whose annual revenue has grown in the past 15 years from about $50 million to nearly $500 million, with more than 3,500 employees and 140 offices nationwide. Terracon’s ranking among Engineering News Record’s Top 500 Design...

David Ford

Professors David Ford, Wei Fan, and Peter Monson of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department are involved in new collaborative research grants totaling $866,522 awarded to UMass Amherst from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The first grant of $327,038, involving Ford, Fan, and Monson, started on July 1 and is entitled “Developing New Theoretical Tools and Materials to Improve the Separation Performance of Inorganic Mesoporous Membranes.” 

The second NSF grant awards $539,484 to UMass Amherst, involving Ford and Monson, in addition to $260,744 going to Professor Michael...

Ryan Howell

Senior civil engineering student Ryan Howell already knows what it’s like to venture into the world at large and solve real-world engineering problems. In January of 2014, Ryan put his engineering education to work in a big way as part of a seven-student team that traveled to Africa and created clean water, free from heavy metal contamination, for a rural community of several thousand people. Ryan and the other students all belong to the UMass Amherst chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), which sent them to Namawanga, Kenya, with their faculty advisor John Tobiason of the Civil and...

Zana Cranmer

Graduate student Zana Cranmer of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department spent the summer collaborating with the Systems Analysis Lab (SAL) at Aalto University, just outside of Helsinki, Finland. She worked with Finnish researchers to develop a model to examine optimal planning approaches for long-term, large-scale, offshore wind development. This summer project will facilitate Cranmer’s ongoing research for MIE’s highly selective graduate program in Offshore Wind Energy Engineering, Environmental Science, and Policy, started with a $3.2-million grant...

Shelly Peyton

During the UMass Amherst Convocation on September 12, Shelly Peyton of the Chemical Engineering Department was presented with one of eight Awards for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity handed out to campus faculty members. Peyton, the Barry and Afsaneh Siadat Career Development Faculty Fellow, has received several impressive research grants since 2012, including a $2.4-million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to attack the deadly problem of breast-cancer metastasis in an entirely new way. Peyton’s very promising new approaches to breast cancer...

Paul Witherell

Dr. Paul Witherell, an alumnus of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, has received the 2014 Young Engineer Award from the Computers and Information in Engineering (CIE) Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The CIE division sponsors the Young Engineer Award to recognize a promising young investigator who is making outstanding contributions to the progress in the application of computers in engineering. Link to article:...

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