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Assistant Professor Govind Srimathveeravalli of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department has received a $603,550 grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) to study how to redeploy macrophages to effect sustained and robust anti-tumor response in patients with bladder cancer. “The idea is to use macrophages, which are typically cells involved in housekeeping and wound healing, as a new avenue to immunotherapy of early stage and localized cancers,” says Srimathveeravalli. The project’s co-principal...

Professor Jonathan Rothstein of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department is part of a multi-institutional research team that is developing a new collection system for COVID-19 testing that the researchers said “can overcome the bottleneck that currently hampered the testing for COVID-19 around the world.” The team, led by researchers at UCLA, has received $150,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation’s Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID). Rothstein explained that the essential principle of the new test is that it is “like...

Co-principal-investigator (co-PI) Michael Zink and Senior Research Scientist Eric Lyons of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department were key members of the multi-disciplinary team from UMass Amherst and three other institutions that created the Dynamic Network-Centric Multi-Cloud Platform, or DyNamo, a weather-forecasting device which won two awards at the inaugural SCinet...

An interdisciplinary collaboration among Wei Fan of the Chemical Engineering Department, Principal Investigator Scott Auerbach of the Chemistry Department, and other UMass researchers promises to advance our understanding of zeolite catalyst structure and lead to new materials for clean energy and carbon capture, among other applications.The researchers hope their work will enable tailor-made zeolites for use in sophisticated new functions. Media publicity was triggered by their cover story in a recent issue of the Journal of the...

Professors Qiangfei Xia and Jianhua (Joshua) Yang of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department have published yet another in a long series of papers in the prestigious family of Nature academic journals, this one in the latest issue of Nature Electronics. In this paper, the two ECE researchers and...

Research Professor Tammy Haut Donahue of the UMass Amherst Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department has been elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows, comprised of more than 2,000 individuals who have made significant contributions to the medical and biological engineering community in academia, industry, government, and education that have transformed the world. As...

As the nation combats the spread of the coronavirus, a team of researchers at UMass Amherst has developed a design, informed by clinical feedback, for protective plastic face shields for health care workers and other front-line responders. The design can be made in seconds, is flat for easy storage, and is light weight for shipping.

Face shield team leaders Frank Sup and Meghan Huber of Mechanical and Industrial engineering say a variety of engineering, nursing and other...

In a new College of Engineering record for one year, five of our researchers have obtained career-boosting grants from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. The accomplishment includes another record of four CAREER recipients from the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department. The five high-achieving faculty members are Xian Du of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, as well as...

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