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Professor Neil St. John Forbes of the Chemical Engineering Department will receive a Manning-Institute for Applied Life Sciences Award (IALS) from the UMass Applied Proof-of-Concept Seed Fund Program. The grant will help the Forbes start-up company, Ernest Pharmaceuticals, to develop a bacterial intracellular delivery platform (BacID) to target therapeutic drugs specifically and directly into Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells, which represent the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. One benefit of this...

Professor Joseph Bardin (principal investigator) of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at UMass Amherst and College of Engineering and Dean Sanjay Raman (co-principal investigator) have received a $500,000 grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), administered by the Office of Naval Research. The title of this DARPA project is “Cryogenic T-MUSIC Circuits for Quantum Computing.” T-MUSIC is a technology that combines advanced silicon-germanium with advanced CMOS to enable ultra-wide bandwidth...

Associate Professor Jae-Hwang Lee of the University of Massachusetts Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and his graduate students currently have simultaneous cover articles appearing in two major scientific journals. One journal is the American Chemical Society’s Applied Nano Materials and the second is Soft Matter, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. As Lee says about the research described in both cover papers, “We were funded by the Department of Defense (the Army for one paper and the...

Assistant Professor Amir Arbabi and his Post Doctoral Research Associate Andrew McClung of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department have received a Manning/Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) Award from the UMass Applied Proof-of-Concept Seed Fund Program. The main objective of the funded project is to demonstrate prototypes of a solid-state, low-cost, miniature lidar system with high resolution, low power consumption, and large field-of-view. Such lidar systems are highly desirable for multiple applications,...

Dr. Michael Knodler Jr. announced that the University of Massachusetts Traffic Safety Research Program (UMassSafe) has recently been awarded four momentous new research projects, all related to traffic safety and totaling nearly $790,000 in funding. Knodler is the UMassSafe principal investigator and the director of the University of Massachusetts Transportation Center, which houses UMassSafe.

“Together, these grants have the...

A so-called breathalyzer-like test for COVID-19 detection is receiving plenty of support from the federal government to help curtail the pandemic impacting millions of people worldwide. Professor Jonathan P. Rothstein of the UMass Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department is part of an interdisciplinary team of eight researchers from UCLA, UMass Amherst, and Northeastern University (NEU) that recently received a $200,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support work aimed at commercializing the...

Erin Baker – a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, the associate dean for the College of Engineering, the director of the UMass Wind Energy Fellows, and the faculty director of the Energy Transition Initiative – is one of five researchers from UMass Amherst who, as a team, have been selected to receive a one-year, $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) “10 Big Ideas for Future...

Government funding and support for clean energy technology give startup companies in that field an “innovation advantage,” according to a new paper and a policy brief published by lead author Anna Goldstein, a senior research fellow in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and director of the UMass Energy Transition Initiative. Goldstein and colleagues found that cleantech startups funded by the Department of Energy (DoE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) patented more than similar businesses with other sources of funding.

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