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Sankaran Thai Thayumanavan will serve as interim department head of Biomedical Engineering (BME) starting in January of 2021 and has already taken on the role of an associate department head in BME in order to collaborate closely with the current interim BME department head, Tilman Wolf, during the transitional phase.

Professor T. J. (Lakis) Mountziaris of the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS is the world's largest multidisciplinary scientific society, with members in more than 91 countries around the globe.

Professor Neil St. John Forbes of the Chemical Engineering Department will receive a Manning-Institute for Applied Life Sciences Award (IALS) from the UMass Applied Proof-of-Concept Seed Fund Program.

 

This semester Assistant Professor Emily Kumpel of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and Associate Professor Anita Milman of the Department of Environmental Conservation are teaching a groundbreaking service-learning class focusing on “Potable Water for Small and Disadvantaged Communities.” As Kumpel explains about this collaborative course, “We hope that students learn that the challenges small community water systems face require knowledge and skills from many different disciplines,” explains Kumpel.

Professor Joseph Bardin (principal investigator) of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UMass Amherst and College of Engineering and Dean Sanjay Raman (co-principal investigator) have received a $500,000 grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), administered by the Office of Naval Research.

Dr. John E. Tobiason, P.E., BCEE, a professor and the head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, has been selected as a Fellow of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP). This recognition is provided by AEESP to members who have demonstrated the highest levels of teaching, research, and/or service in the environmental engineering or science professorate and who have 15 or more years of continued membership within the organization.

The Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department and the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department at UMass Amherst are adding a total of six new faculty members to the College of Engineering during the fall of 2020 and spring of 2021 semesters. The BME department is adding Assistant Professor Prabhani Atukorale (January 2021) and Assistant Professor Siyuan Rao (January 2021), as well as Lecturers Martin Hunter (September 2020) and Qianbin Wang (December 2020). The CEE department is adding Assistant Professor Mariana Lanzarini Lopes (January 2021) and Lecturer Jessica Boakye (September 2020).

Six new members are now serving on the all-important Dean’s Advisory Council. The newest members are: Kokui Adesokan (B.S. 2009 Chemical Engineering); Rena Bizios (B.S. 1968 Chemical Engineering); Ruth Bonsignore (B.S. 1983 Civil and Environmental Engineering); Divi Gupta (B.S. 2000 Electrical and Computer Engineering, M.S. 2006 Electrical and Computer Engineering); Adam Miller (B.S. 1993 Civil and Environmental Engineering); and Edward Price (B.S. 1990 Chemical Engineering).

Associate Professor Jae-Hwang Lee of the University of Massachusetts Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and his graduate students currently have simultaneous cover articles appearing in two major scientific journals. One journal is the American Chemical Society’s Applied Nano Materials and the second is Soft Matter, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Assistant Professor Amir Arbabi and his Post Doctoral Research Associate Andrew McClung of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department have received a Manning/Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) Award from the UMass Applied Proof-of-Concept Seed Fund Program. The main objective of the funded project is to demonstrate prototypes of a solid-state, low-cost, miniature lidar system with high resolution, low power consumption, and large field-of-view.

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