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Professor Blair Perot, head of the Theoretical and Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in the UMass Amherst Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, and his collaborator Shujaut Bader of Iowa State University have been awarded a U.S. Patent for their trailblazing concept of a “Wind Turbine Airfoil Structure for Increasing Wind Farm Efficiency.”

A bus accident in India more than 25 years ago has inspired the U.S. patent of a groundbreaking retrofit seatbelt for buses and motor coaches that could save many lives and serious injuries. 

 

Peng Bai, an assistant professor in the Chemical Engineering Department, has been awarded a prestigious five-year, $551,035 Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). 

The United States Patent Office has issued Associate Professor Sarah Perry of the Chemical Engineering Department a patent for her “Graphene Based Electro-Microfluidic Devices and Methods for Protein Structural Analysis.” 

Ashish Kulkarni, an assistant professor in the Chemical Engineering Department, has been awarded a prestigious five-year, $637,359 Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). 

Chemical Engineering (ChE) Professor Shelly Peyton, the Armstrong Professional Development Professor in the ChE department at UMass Amherst, is a co-investigator on a multi-institutional project funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to engineer cancer cells that act as tiny “trojan horses” for attacking other cancer cells.

UMass researchers led by Sanjay Arwade, civil engineering, are collaborating on the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium’s project to quantify and assess the risk to offshore wind installations of Atlantic coast hurricanes. 

Assistant Professor Juan Jiménez (MIE) has been awarded $147,849 by Stryker Neurovascular to study how different properties of stents play a role in healing after stents are used clinically to treat intracranial atherosclerotic lesions. 

 

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