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UMass Amherst will continue to play a lead role in protecting the nation’s computing networks and infrastructure through a $4.4 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant issued to the university’s Cybersecurity Institute through the NSF CyberCorps Scholarship for Service Program (SFS).

 

During the spring semester of 2021, Govind Srimathveeravalli, an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and an adjunct professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department, and his first-year doctoral student Mary Sheehan organized, designed, and delivered a short course to expose students of the Springfield Conservatory of the Arts to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). 

Krish Thiagarajan Sharman, a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and the Endowed Chair in Renewable Energy, is one of the principal facilitators for a groundbreaking partnership between the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) in India.

Assistant Professor Siyuan Rao of the Biomedical Engineering Department has received a two-year, $70,000 Young Investigator Grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF) to develop a toolset that will enable her to investigate the cellular mechanism of the neural circuits related to autism.

 

Professor Shelly Peyton, the Armstrong Professional Development Professor in the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department and an adjunct professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department, has been named a Fellow in the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). In 2019, Peyton was also elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows.

Professor John E. Tobiason, P.E., the head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, has won the esteemed 2021 Gordon Maskew Fair Award from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES).

 

Alumna Christine Barner Seymour, who will deliver the 2021 Shirley and Ting-Wei Tang Lecture in a virtual Webinar on October 20 for the College of Engineering, was recently included in a prestigious Marquis Who's Who biographical volume, recognizing her for excellence in chemical engineering. Seymour, who earned her doctorate from the UMass Chemical Engineering Department in 1995, has also been honored by the College of Engineering with its 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award. Seymour is the director of Regulatory Chemistry and Manufacturing Controls at Pfizer Inc.

Professor Qiangfei Xia of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has received a three-year, $499,998 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his pioneering project on near-sensor and in-sensor analog computing.

 

Assistant Professor Robert Niffenegger of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department was recently used as an expert source for an article in Forbes to comment on groundbreaking quantum architecture and a glass quantum computer chip produced by the IonQ company.

 

Assistant Professor Amir Arbabi of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department is the co-principal investigator for an initiative to advance scalable manufacturing processes that enable commercial fabrication of ultra-thin “metalenses” to help control light and remove imaging abnormalities in many electronic devices.

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