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Points of Pride

As anticipated, summer sped by in a blur of warm, hazy sunshine. And while we do miss the easy campus parking, the faculty and staff always enjoy the return of our undergraduate students.

You might ask, “What happens at the College over the summer?” Well, the halls are not empty. There are new students attending orientation sessions and undergraduates working in our labs. Faculty, and of course graduate students, continue their valuable research. We also host 40+ high school students for our ...

Frank Sup

Frank Sup

Two researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are aiming to create better fitting, more functional, and comfortable robotic lower limbs for amputees, especially those over 65. Principal investigator Frank Sup of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and Brian Umberger of the Kinesiology Department have received a $630,331 grant over three years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop these revolutionary robotic prostheses for below-knee amputees.

The title of the UMass project is “Simulation Guided Design to Optimize the Performance of...

Qiangfei Xia

Qiangfei Xia

Cutting-edge collaborative work between the research teams of Professors Qiangfei Xia (PI) and Joseph Bardin, both with Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UMass Amherst, has resulted in a publication in Nature Communications. The title of the article is “Nanoscale Memristive Radiofrequency Switches,” and the authors are Shuang Pi, Mohammad Ghadiri-Sadrabadi, Joseph Bardin, and Qiangfei Xia. The original article can be viewed here.


Guoping Zhang


Professors Guoping Zhang and Don J. DeGroot of the Geotechnical Engineering Program within the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department (CEE) are overseeing research being funded by GeoEngineers, a Seattle-based earth science and technology company. GeoEngineers awarded the CEE department a $10,000 unrestricted grant and $20,000 in fellowship money, both supporting coastal research to be conducted by the department.

DeGroot noted that the main person at GeoEngineers to take the initiative for the fellowship donation is David S....

Michael Henson

Michael Henson

Principal Investigator Michael Henson of the Chemical Engineering Department has received a three-year NSF award totaling $300,000 to develop process modeling technology for synthesis gas fermentation reactors. The Co-Principal Investigator is Derek Griffin of LanzaTech, a leader in industrial gas fermentation technology. The award will support “the development of computational models that allow the simulation and optimization of complex bubble column reactors used industrially.” UMass will work closely...