Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering Peter Beltramo has been selected as a University of Massachusetts Amherst Lilly Teaching Fellow for the 2020-21 academic year. Eight Fellows are selected for the program each year from departments across the campus. The Lilly Teaching Fellowship provides early-career faculty with an opportunity to enhance and refine their teaching abilities both inside and outside the classroom.
Four College of Engineering graduate students, two from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department and two from the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department, have been awarded prestigious fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). The MIE fellowship recipients are Bridget Benner and Jacob Davis, while the ChE recipients are Becca Huber and Stephanie Call.
Michael A. Henson has been appointed interim head of the Department of Chemical Engineering, effective May 24. He will replace current head, John Klier, who is stepping down to transition into the role of dean of the Gallogly College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma.
Amity Lee, office manager & assistant to the department head in chemical engineering, is the recipient of this year’s Dean’s Service Award.
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 project’s co-principal investigator is Ashish Kulkarni of the Chemical Engineering Department.
Michael Smith, the technical training specialist in the UMass Transportation Center, which is part of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, offered some wise, optimistic, and helpful comments in a news article for the Greenfield Recorder about his experiences working remotely from home during the COVID 19 pandemic. “The opportunity to have this kind of time with family doesn’t come along all that often,” said Smith, 50, of Heath.
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 a breathalyzer for COVID-19 people.”
The STEM Women’s Interdisciplinary Group, containing three College of Engineering Faculty members, has received one of the four new mutual mentoring grants, funded for up to $6,000 a year, by the UMass ADVANCE team. Among other UMass faculty, the STEM Women’s Interdisciplinary Group includes Dr. Caitlyn Butler of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and Dr. Sarah Perry and Dr. Jessica Schiffman of the Chemical Engineering Department.
The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department’s Supermileage Vehicle Team (SMV) has donated four cases of N95 protective masks to healthcare workers, a donation totaling 480 of the desperately needed masks. According to Robert Laford, the assistant director for Emergency Management and Business Continuity in Environmental Health and Safety and Emergency Management at UMass Amherst, the masks were shared among Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Baystate Hospital, and UMass Medical Center.
The College of Engineering has selected Professor Jonathan P. Rothstein of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department and Assistant Professor Jungwoo Lee of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department to receive the college’s outstanding faculty awards for 2020. As determined by a faculty review committee, Rothstein won the Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, while Lee earned the Barbara H. and Joseph I. Goldstein Outstanding Junior Faculty Award.