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Research Highlights

Ashish Kulkarni, an assistant professor in the Chemical Engineering Department, has been awarded a prestigious five-year, $637,359 Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). 

Chemical Engineering (ChE) Professor Shelly Peyton, the Armstrong Professional Development Professor in the ChE department at UMass Amherst, is a co-investigator on a multi-institutional project funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to engineer cancer cells that act as tiny “trojan horses” for attacking other cancer cells.

UMass researchers led by Sanjay Arwade, civil engineering, are collaborating on the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium’s project to quantify and assess the risk to offshore wind installations of Atlantic coast hurricanes. 

Assistant Professor Juan Jiménez (MIE) has been awarded $147,849 by Stryker Neurovascular to study how different properties of stents play a role in healing after stents are used clinically to treat intracranial atherosclerotic lesions. 


Qiangfei Xia, professor of electrical and computer engineering, was recently awarded anapproximately $1.1 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a camera with a very high dynamic range and no motion blur.


Ogechi Vivian Nwadiaru, a PhD student in industrial engineering and operations research and a fellow in the Elevating Equity Values in the Transition of the Energy System (ELEVATE) program, hopes to play a substantial role in shaping this new global renewable energy system for the better.

This past summer, six undergraduate civil engineering students had the extraordinary opportunity to organize and manage their own research trip to the Arctic as part of UMass Amherst’s Integrating Geoscience & Engineering in the Arctic (IGEA) program.

Chengbo Ai, an assistant professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, recently received an Acorn Innovation Grant to support the development of his low-cost light detection and ranging (LiDAR) sensor technology designed to monitor the wheelchair accessibility of sidewalks.