As reported in Nature, the laboratories of electrical engineer Jun Yao and microbiologist Derek Lovley at UMass Amherst have developed a device that uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in the air. “We are literally making electricity out of thin air,” says Yao. The device, called "Air-gen" generates clean energy 24/7. It could have significant implications for the future of renewable energy, climate change and in the future of medicine.
Civil engineering doctoral student Alyssa Ryan has been named a 2020 Traffic Safety Scholar and awarded a scholarship to attend the 38th annual Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities to be held on March 15 through 17 in Tampa, Florida. She is one of an elite group of 50 U.S. and international students selected through a competitive application process to attend the nation’s largest and oldest gathering of highway safety professionals.
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 the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS).
Nianqiang “Nick” Wu has been appointed to the Armstrong/Siadat Endowed Professorship in Materials Science of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department at UMass Amherst. Wu’s work in the ChE department begins in January 2020, after spending five years as a professor at West Virginia University (WVU). The endowed professorship is awarded to a researcher in the area of materials science in ChE department.
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 materials and enable the re-engineering of hydrogel-coated biomedical devices...
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.
Professor Jianhua (Joshua) Yang of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has been chosen as one of the speakers in the UMass Amherst Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series, which celebrates the value of academic excellence and recognizes the distinguished achievements of faculty. Those chosen for the series also receive the Chancellor's Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon faculty by the UMass campus. The proposed topic for Professor Yang’s talk is “Towards a Brain-like Computer.”
The College of Engineering welcomes three exciting new faculty members, beginning in the spring semester of 2020: Professor Nianqiang (Nick) Wu, who will serve as the Armstrong-Siadat Endowed Professor in the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department; Assistant Professor Cathal Kearney in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department; and Assistant Professor Meghan Huber in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department.
The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department has recently received approval for its new Graduate Certificate in Engineering Project Management and Leadership (PML) and is launching it in the spring semester of 2020 under the leadership of Dr. Ana Muriel and Dr. Woodrow W Winchester III. The PML certificate is designed to equip professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields with the necessary knowledge, skills, and competencies to manage and lead engineering and technology-based projects in a well-rounded way.
Dr. Eleni Christofa of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department has been awarded competitive funding by the Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program (GDFP), an academic exchange supported by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation to the Institute of International Education and administered in collaboration with the Fulbright Foundation). The GDFP funding is not a fixed amount and is dependent on many factors, as described below. See Christofa’s Full Curriculum Vitae.