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Ph.D. student Rushabh Shah of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded a one-year, $11,750 fellowship from the American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) and the Bureau of Reclamation to study a pioneering approach to improve the performance of ultrafiltration membranes.

Assistant Professor Simos Gerasimidis of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department has been invited to participate in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) 2021 EU-US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. According to the NAE description, “Sixty of the most promising early career engineers from the United States and European Union will meet for an intensive two-and-one-half-day symposium to discuss cutting-edge developments.”

UMass Amherst announces the creation of a seed fund by anonymous donors to support research of quantum information systems, including a lead gift in the amount of $5 million. The fund aims to bolster an existing creative and collaborative partnership between CICS and Engineering.

UMass Amherst researchers, including Michael Zink (ECE), are working on the next generation of teleconferencing, thanks to a $1.2 million grant from the NSF. They’re part of a multi-institution team that is designing miVirtualSeat—an immersive meeting environment that better simulates the real-life feeling of in-person get togethers.

Alumnus Gary Lapidus has gifted $500,000 to establish an endowed fund supporting faculty excellence in the department of chemical engineering. The Gary R. Lapidus Faculty Fund will support one faculty member for a renewable five-year term, providing resources for summer stipends, other research and teaching expenses, and professional travel.

Four students from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department won cash prizes in MIE’s fifth annual Graduate Gallery Competition, moderated by the MIE Graduate Program. The prize winners were Peter DiMeo, Umang Patel, Kashyap Sundara Rajan, and Gina Georgadarellis. Each will receive a $100 cash card from MIE Department Head Sundar Krishnamurty.

The university’s Cybersecurity Institute has secured a $4.4 million five-year NSF grant to continue its CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS). Co-investigators include Dan Holcomb and Wayne Burleson, both of electrical and computer engineering.

Marvin O. Schlanger ‘72MS & Eva (Listman) Schlanger ‘70MA recently directed a generous gift from the Schlanger Family Foundation to the UMass Amherst College of Engineering, extending their support for assistant professor Lauren Andrews, the Marvin and Eva Schlanger Faculty Fellow in Chemical Engineering. 

The College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been ranked in a seven-way tie for No. 56 overall and No. 30 among public engineering programs (five-way tie) in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 rankings. The college also retains its status as the No. 1 public engineering program in New England.

The UMass Amherst iCons Program has selected Wei Fan, the Edward S. Price Faculty Fellow in Chemical Engineering, as their 2021-2022 iCons Teaching Fellow.

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