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Omar Abdelrahman

Omar Abdelrahman

Assistant Professor Omar Abdelrahman of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department has received a five-year, $500,000 grant from the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development (CAREER) Program to develop dynamic catalysts that can utilize renewable electricity to generate more environmentally sound and inexpensive chemical production. Specifically, his NSF research will attempt to transform the electrochemical...

The College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst continues its climb in the annual U.S. News & World Report listing of “Best Graduate Engineering Schools” placing No. 54 nationally, a rise of two spots.  The 2022 rankings were released on March 30, and show the college tied with Brown University, Colorado School of Mines, and Rutgers University.  

Among public engineering institutions, the college has entered the top 30, advancing three places to No. 28, and remains the...

The UMass Amherst College of Engineering is proud to announce the recipients of its 2021 outstanding alumni awards. Awardees represent the college’s five departments, and include five Distinguished Alumni and five Outstanding Young Alumni.

This year’s honorees include:

Distinguished Alumni Award

Presented to visionary leaders who have reached exceptional levels of professional and personal achievement. The award recognizes distinguished leadership, service, teaching, innovation, and other exemplary accomplishments that...

Dragana Perkovic-Martin

Dragana Perkovic-Martin

Congratulations to UMass alumna Dragana Perkovic-Martin for the successful operation of the descent radar for the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover that NASA just landed on the Red Planet. Perkovic-Martin led the system engineering team for the mission's landing radar as the descent stage safely navigated the rover into a soft landing within the Jezero Crater on the Martian surface. See Perkovic-Martin’s Mars 2020 mission profile here.

Perkovic-Martin graduated with her Ph.D. from the Electrical and...

Selena Y. Cho, Joshua McGee, and Lars Howell

Cho, McGee, and Howell

Three College of Engineering graduate students were among the Thirteen Students and Alums to Receive Prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships. The College of Engineering students were Selena Y. Cho of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department and Joshua McGee and Lars Howell of the Chemical Engineering Department. The program provides three years of support during a five-year fellowship period.

The NSF Graduate...

HackUMass logo with electronics in the background

A group of brilliant and dedicated students from the College of Engineering and the Computer Science Department managed to hold a very Successful HackUMass VIII, which they ran on December 19 and 20 in a totally virtual format because of the pandemic. According to the lead for the event, undergrad Kevin Sie of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, “Overall, I believe the event went smoothly considering it was the first virtual hackathon that we hosted.”

Sie added that “While there were definitely obstacles and...

Kara Peterman

Assistant professor Kara Peterman (CEE) recently was recognized with the Terry Peshia Early Career Faculty Award from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC).  The award, which includes a $2,500 honorarium, provides recognition to faculty who demonstrate promise in the areas of structural steel research, teaching and other contributions to the structural steel industry. At UMass, Peterman conducts research on cold-formed and hot-rolled steel system behavior, seismic response of those systems, and the stability of thin-walled steel members.

The Terry Peshia Early...

Jun Yao

Jun Yao

Jun Yao, an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and an adjunct professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department, is the principal investigator for a Sony Faculty Innovation Award of $100,000. The award is based on Yao’s device, called an "Air Generator," or “Air-Gen,” which is capable of creating inexpensive, renewable, clean energy on a constant basis.

The new technology could...