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The College of Engineering and the Massachusetts State Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs have announced creation of an historic endowed chair in renewable energy that will be funded with $2.5 million from the state Department of Energy Resources (DOER). As most of us in public universities realize, such chairs endowed by state agencies are extremely rare.

The words of UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy spoke to the momentous impact of the new chair: “Creating a new high-profile professorship in renewable energy on the UMass Amherst campus clearly...

Barry Siadat

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Foundation has established an endowment fund to be known as the Armstrong/Siadat Endowed Professorship in Materials Science with a cash gift of $750,000 from John and Elizabeth Armstrong and a $750,000 pledge from Barry and Afsaneh Siadat. The endowed professorship will be awarded to a researcher in the area of materials science in the UMass Amherst chemical engineering department. Barry Siadat says, “The endowed professorship will attract an outstanding leader who will be a bit like a magnet, building a world-class program that will improve the...

Jessica Schiffman

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the College of Engineering was one of two teams from UMass Amherst to share the 2014 Armstrong Fund for Science Award. Assistant Professors Shelly Peyton and Jessica Schiffman of the Chemical Engineering Department and Stephen Nonnenmann of the Mechanical Engineering Department will receive $30,000 for their project, “Nanomechanics, biofilms and cystic fibrosis.” The purpose of the Armstrong Fund for Science Award is to encourage transformative research on campus that introduces new ways of thinking about pressing scientific or technical...

Moijue Kaikai

Mechanical engineering major Moijue Kaikai has been selected for a UMass Amherst award by the Provost’s Committee on Service-Learning because of his array of community service activities during his undergraduate career at the university. “I am writing to congratulate you!” said John Reiff, the director of UMass Civic Engagement and Service-Learning. “You were nominated by [Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Professor] Erin Baker for an award, the Academic Engagement for Community Transformation Award, which recognizes your leadership, academic excellence, and contribution to a...

Aura Ganz

Aura Ganz of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has been chosen as a 2014 “Spotlight Scholar” by the UMass Amherst Research Next website. Spotlight Scholars are UMass Amherst faculty members who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in research, scholarship, or creative activity. Professor Ganz was picked from an exceptional pool of nominees for this award, which honors and recognizes individual faculty members who exemplify the quality and commitment of UMass Amherst academics. Recognition comes with a $500 cash prize, commemorative poster, and publicity....

Erin Baker

Two researchers from UMass Amherst have concluded that making investments in energy technologies to deal with climate change will always produce a positive payoff. Erin D. Baker, associate professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, and Senay Solak, assistant professor of operations and information management, published their findings recently in the journal Production and Operations Management. The finding is good news because it means that governments can move forward with investments into research in breakthrough energy technologies, such as solar, nuclear and carbon...

Wei Fan

Hong Je Cho, a chemical engineering graduate student working in the research lab of ChE Professor Wei Fan, recently published articles in two of the most impactful journals in the general field of catalysis, meaning the increase in the rate of a chemical reaction of one or more reactants due to the participation of an additional substance called a catalyst. “One of my students, Hong Je Cho, just had two papers published on ACS Catalysis and Green Chemistry,” said Fan. “The two journals have highest impact factors in the fields of catalysis, one is 5 and another one is 7...

Eric Gonzales

A new report written by Eric Gonzales, a faculty member in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, and his colleagues looks at how to manage taxi markets by using Global Positioning System receivers. The report was released by the Mineta Transportation Institute and was covered in the media by WFSB-TV 3,...

Susan Roberts

Professor Susan Roberts of the Chemical Engineering Department and Professor Elizabeth Vierling of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology have received a $150,000 grant from the University of Massachusetts President’s Science and Technology (S&T) Fund to support their collaborative project, entitled “Massachusetts BioFoundry; Center for Discovery & Synthesis of Bioactive and Industrial Molecules.” The S&T Fund is intended to support campus and multi-campus initiatives that strengthen the university’s research and development base, deepen our ties with...

Sergio Brena

Professors  Sergio F. Breña, principal investigator, and Scott A. Civjan, co-principal-investigator, of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department have received a $174,923 grant from New England Transportation Consortium. The 24-month project will focus on “Development of High Early-Strength Concrete for Accelerated Bridge Construction Closure Pour Connections.” The main objective of the research project is to develop and validate...

The second annual Summer Engineering Institute, known affectionately as SENGI, was conducted on campus for two weeks in July and was designed to teach 32 high school students the joy, creativity, discovery, and complexity of engineering. The residential summer camp was a multi-faceted program that allowed students to explore how engineers envision creative and practical solutions to benefit the everyday lives of people and their communities. The institute also awarded a full SENGI scholarship (in concert with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation) for one inner city high school...

Andras Moritz

The Nanoscale Computing Fabrics Lab of Professor Andras Moritz from the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has won the Best Paper Award, for the third time in the past four years, at the IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Nanoscale Architectures (NANOARCH). The winning paper, entitled "Wave-based Multi-valued Computation Framework," was written and presented by Santosh Khasanvis, with co-authors Mostafizur Rahman,...