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In July, UMass Amherst launched a virtual Summer Leadership Academy for Diverse Students in Technology and Engineering. The academy was spearheaded by the Institute of Diversity Sciences (IDS) at UMass Amherst. During the six-week academy, 54 women and students of color, including seven from the College of Engineering, learned the “19 Levers of Success” they need as preparation for competing on the “non-level playing field” they will face when they begin their professional careers.

Dimitrios Maroudas, a professor in the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department and director of the College of Engineering (COE) Materials Engineering Program, has been elected as a 2020 Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The designation of Fellow is AIChE’s highest grade of membership and is achieved only through election by the AIChE Board of Directors upon recommendation of the AIChE Admissions Committee.

Doctoral student Alyssa Ryan of the Transportation Program in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department has been awarded a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) One-Year Research Grant for Doctoral Candidates. According to a UMass News Office article, Ryan will conduct research at the Technical University of Munich in Germany on methods to achieve higher levels of highway safety. Her research stint is scheduled to begin in October of 2020.

According to recent estimates, more than 50,000 bridges in the U.S. are characterized as “structurally deficient.” As part of the solution to such widespread bridge deterioration in New England, Professors Simos Gerasimidis and Sergio Breña of the UMass Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department have received $667,000 in funding from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the New England Transportation Consortium (NETC) for a series of research projects studying bridges suffering from corrosion deterioration across the region.

Professor Sundar Krishnamurty – the head of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, director of the Center for e-Design, and associate director of the Center for Personalized Health Monitoring – has been named the second Ronnie & Eugene Isenberg Distinguished Professor in Engineering. The Isenberg professorship was created in 2003 at UMass Amherst to enhance interdisciplinary teaching and research among the fields of management, engineering, and science.

Jun Yao, an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and an adjunct professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department at UMass Amherst, is the principal investigator on a very significant, $1,474,272 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Yao’s project is developing ultra-low-power electronic components and systems for signal retrieval, processing, and storage with power consumption similar to biological systems in living organisms, which require much less power than currently available in electronics manufactured by humans.

College of Engineering Dean Sanjay Raman has announced that faculty members Joseph BardinSong GaoCarlton L. Ho, P.E.Matthew A. LacknerJenna MarquardYahya Modarres-SadeghiHossein Pishro-NikAshwin Ramasubramaniam, and Michael Zink have all been promoted to Full Professor.

The UMass Board of Trustees has approved three additional tenure appointments in the College of engineering for Chaitra Gopalappa and Jae-Hwang Lee of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, along with Sarah Perry of the Chemical Engineering Department.

Jessica Schiffman, associate professor (ChE), is collaborating with researchers at the University of Maine to develop a novel bio-inspired membrane that can capture COVID-19 airborne droplets. The goal of the research is to develop an insert into an air filtration system to capture virus-containing droplets to make collection and analysis easier.

Anna Goldstein, a senior research fellow in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, commented in an article by David Roberts on Vox based on the theme that getting to net-zero carbon emissions will require rapid, radical innovation.

 

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