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Government funding and support for clean energy technology give startup companies in that field an “innovation advantage,” according to a new paper and a policy brief published by lead author Anna Goldstein, a senior research fellow in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and director of the UMass Energy Transition Initiative.

 

Despite the pandemic, the year 2020 has proven to be an amazingly productive year for Jun Yao, an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department and an adjunct faculty member in the Biomedical Engineering Department.

 

Associate Professor Wei Fan of the Chemical Engineering Department has been appointed as the inaugural recipient of the Edward S. Price Chemical Engineering Faculty Fellowship at UMass Amherst for a three-year term.

The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees has named Associate Professor Shelly Peyton of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department as the newest Armstrong Professional Development Professor.  The professorship is awarded for a three-year period “to a faculty member who is at the beginning of his/her career and has demonstrated substantial achievement and great promise in his/her area of teaching and research.

Raytheon Technologies has just released three interrelated videos of the storm-chasing research carried out by faculty and students of the Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory, in collaboration with faculty and students from Purdue University while chasing tornadoes and severe thunderstorms throughout the Midwest and deploying a sophisticated Raytheon radar prototype unit known as Skyler.

Researchers at the Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) contributed to a recent successful joint demonstration in Fort Worth, Texas, of an unmanned aircraft system by Bell Textron Inc. and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Maintaining our ABET accreditation reaffirms the quality and impact of a UMass Amherst engineering education.  ABET accreditation assures that programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies, and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.

UMass alumna Karen Skolfield,  a lecturer in the College of Engineering Junior Writing Program and a writer-in-residence in the college’s Career Development and Experiential Learning Center, won first-place in the poetry category of the 2020 Massachusetts Book Awards for her work Battle Dress. 

Professor Friederike Jentoft of the Chemical Engineering Department has been awarded a $550,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) Office of Science Financial Assistance Program to continue her groundbreaking work on acid catalyst design. Acid catalysis plays a key role in commercially established and emerging processes to produce chemicals and fuels by efficient transformation of petroleum- or biomass-derived feedstocks.

Professor Emeritus David Pozar of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has received the 2020 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) Field Award for Distinguished Achievement. Pozar was selected by the AP-S “for significant contributions to the electromagnetic analysis, development, and design of microstrip phased arrays and reflectarrays, and for educational leadership and service to the electromagnetics community.”

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