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The married research team of Zlatan Aksamija of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Ajla Aksamija of the Department of Architecture are leading an interdisciplinary research team in an ongoing effort to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings by working to design more sustainable building façade systems, or so-called smart façades.

Professor Friederike Jentoft of the Chemical Engineering Department has received a $330,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study new catalysis methods that make chemical processes more environmentally friendly by reducing chemical waste.

Jessica Schiffman, an associate professor in the Chemical Engineering Department (ChE) and the Professor James M. Douglas Career Development Faculty Fellow, will be serving as an ADVANCE Collaboration & Equity (ACE) Faculty Fellow this year, starting in the fall of 2019 and functioning in that capacity for a 12-month term to promote institutional gender equity.

Dr. Chul Park, an associate professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, and his collaborator, Dr. Hans Paerl, a professor in the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, recently received a three-year, collaborative grant of $330,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF grant will support the joint research team’s investigation into the potentially unforeseen and unintended impact of upgrading wastewater treatment systems to decrease nitrogen on algal blooms in coastal water systems.

Chemical engineering (ChE) doctoral student Irene Kurtz, whose advisor is ChE Professor Jessica Schiffman, has been chosen to attend the highly competitive BASF Summer Course in Ludwigshafen, Germany, held from August 11 to 17. Young talented scientists from all over the world will meet in Germany to take part in the event. Kurtz is one of eight participants selected from North America.

Assistant Professor Jay Taneja of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department is the lead principal investigator for a $3.8-million grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to support the collaborative work of researchers at UMass Amherst, Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Colorado School of Mines. The research team will use enhanced data modeling to help transform electricity systems in emerging economies.

See UMass News Office story: UMass Amherst Researchers Share in Grant from Rockefeller Foundation

Assistant Professor Ashish Kulkarni of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded a $792,000 grant from the American Cancer Society to support his research to develop a novel combination therapy that could improve immunotherapy effects in bladder cancer patients while minimizing the side effects.

Assistant Professor Jay Taneja and his graduate student June Lukuyu, both of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, have collaborated with researchers at Duke University and Carnegie Mellon University to publish a long article on the Brookings Institution website about their research studying the potential for “microgrids” to provide power to millions of people in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

A video report about bad driving behavior in Boston featured Michael Knodler, a professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and the director of the UMass Traffic Safety Research Program, or UMassSafe. Appearing on WBZ TV CBS 4 Boston in May, Knodler explained five common rude and dangerous driving habits that can cause traffic safety issues.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) recently presented ECE alumnus Victor Bahl with the IEEE INFOCOM Achievement Award the highest honor that can be bestowed on a researcher in the INFOCOM community. 

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