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An interdisciplinary research team led by Sunghoon (Ivan) Lee, computer science, and Assistant Professor Yeon-sik Noh, nursing and electrical and computer engineering (ECE), has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the university’s Armstrong Fund for Science to fund their work on battery-less wearable sensors.

Science and Technology Research News; News Office release

Doctoral student Prashant Meckoni of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department won first place in the Best Student Paper competition during the Health Systems Track at the Institute of Industrial & Systems EngineersIISE Annual Conference. Meckoni’s winning paper was titled “Appointment Scheduling in Primary Care with Recurring Visits,” and his faculty advisor is MIE Professor Hari Balasubramanian.

James F. Manwell, a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department and the director of the UMass Wind Energy Center, is a member of the United Nations Wind Energy Sub-group of the Expert Group on Resource Management (EGRM), which recently drafted a key UN document to apply standard international specifications to wind energy resources everywhere.

The UMass Transportation Center, or UMTC, and Sara’s Wish Foundation (SWF) have received a one-year, $83,147, Safe System Innovation Grant from the Road to Zero Coalition to cut down on traffic fatalities by promoting seatbelt usage on motor coaches. The grant will help UMTC and SWF create an effective national motor coach seatbelt educational campaign “kit” for distribution to motor coach operators.

See articles: Bus & Motorcoach News; News Office release.

Assistant Professor Xian Du of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department is one of 12 winners in the 2019-20 TIDE Ambassadors (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity, and Equity) faculty fellowship awards, as chosen by the UMass Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development.

Christopher J. Ahmadjian, associate director of the UMass Transportation Center (UMTC) in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, has been awarded the prestigious Donald C. Stone Award for Excellence in Education from the American Public Works Administration (APWA).

Doctoral candidate Mengfei Huang of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst was lead author of the article that won the most outstanding technical paper award at the Eastern Coatings Show, held on May 14 and 15 in Atlantic City. The team of six authors from ChE and Sirrus Inc. of Loveland, Ohio, describes research that provides a novel, simple, and facile method to synthesize crosslinkable emulsion polymers and polymer dispersions for coatings, adhesives, and other applications.

Jessica Schiffman, associate professor of Chemical Engineering (ChE), was recently honored with the 2019 American Chemical Society (ACS) Applied Materials & Interfaces Young Investigator Award. According to the ACS, she was selected from a large group of very competitive nominations “for her pioneering work investigating the attachment behavior of microorganisms on soft materials and converging research on materials synthesis, nanotechnology, surface chemistry, and microbiology.”

On March 26, the newest faculty member in our Mechanical Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, Dr. Woodrow W. Winchester III, lectured at Gonzaga University on “Afrofuturism as a Design Lens for Inclusive Technological Innovation” during the Gonzaga Student Body Association’s Intersectionality Week. A press release issued by Gonzaga reported that Winchester talked about how to address racial biases in the design and engineering of technological products and systems such as soap dispensers that only recognize pale hands, facial recognition sensors that can’t see dark faces, or health-tech gadgets that won’t sense a pulse through black skin.

Professor Joshua Yang of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department was a co-principal investigator on a multi-disciplinary research team from UMass Amherst, UCLA, Stanford, the University of Michigan, and the University of Tennessee that was awarded a $7.5-million grant ($1 million to UMass Amherst) from the Department of Defense (DoD) for a study of brain-inspired memristive networks. Yang’s grant was one of 24 multidisciplinary university research initiative (MURI) awards selected from 295 proposals this year.

See DoD press release »

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