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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...

There is international news coverage of a device that uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in the air, a device developed by Jun Yao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Derek Lovely of the Microbiology Department. They say their new technology could have significant implications in addressing issues of renewable energy, climate change, and medicine. Their “Air-gen,” or air-powered generator, incorporates electrically conductive protein nanowires produced by the microbe Geobacter and connects to electrodes in such a way that electrical...

The innovative research of Assistant Professor Wen Chen of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department has been highlighted in various media outlets. Chen was the co-lead author of a trailblazing paper that describes new research to use computational approaches for optimizing the design of 3D-printed parts. The paper was published in Science Advances and was written in collaboration with Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL). Chen had led the experimental and mechanical testing work while a postdoc at LLNL before working on...

Associate Professor Wei Fan of the Chemical Engineering Department has collaborated with UMass Chemistry Professor Scott Auerbach and others to boost our understanding of zeolite catalyst structure and vibrations in an effort that can lead to new materials for clean energy and carbon capture, among many other applications. Their cutting-edge research appeared as the cover story in a recent issue of...

Associate Professor Jessica Schiffman and Assistant Professor Lauren Andrews of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department have received a three-year, $515,473 grant from National Science Foundation (NSF) Division Of Materials Research.

The NSF funding will support fundamental research that aims to understand how bacteria attach to polymer...

Assistant Professor Jungwoo Lee of the Chemical Engineering Department is receiving a one-year, $50,000 grant from the METAvivor 2019 Early Career Investigator Award grant program to support his foundational research for developing better therapeutic strategies to prevent or delay lethal metastasis for breast cancer survivors.

In this grant, titled “Tissue-engineered bone to determine the impact of chemotherapy-induced premature aging in breast...

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