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Yanfei Xu, an assistant professor in the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department and an adjunct assistant professor in the Chemical Engineering Department, is the lead author on a collaborative paper published in Composites Communications - Elsevier. In this peer-reviewed paper, Dr. Xu and her two...

Professor Csaba Andras Moritz and his Ph.D. student Sourabh Kulkarni received some healthy publicity on their probabilistic artificial intelligence (AI) work for COVID-19 modeling, as funded by Facebook’s AI group. A paper from the UMass researchers, collaborating with those from Facebook and Graphcore, demonstrated how essential COVID-19 modeling and analysis, using an Approximate Bayesian Computation...

The Electricity Growth and Use in Developing Economies (e-GUIDE) Initiative, a multi-university partnership led by Assistant Professor Jay Taneja of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, recently released a service for forecasting household electricity consumption in Kenya using satellite imagery. The pioneering service from e-GUIDE, a collaboration between the Rockefeller Foundation, UMass Amherst, and four other leading universities, will help utilities, off-grid providers, and system planners improve the...

Geek Tech online (“Everything about technology and gadgets”) has included a new device developed in the laboratories of Jun Yao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Derek Lovley of the Microbiology Department on its listing of “most interesting scientific discoveries of the year.” The two researchers have developed a device that uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in the air, a new...

Professor Ramakrishna Janaswamy of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department recently released his groundbreaking eBook, Engineering Electrodynamics: A collection of theorems, principles, and field representations, published by IOP Publishing (Institute of Physics). Janaswamy celebrated the eBook release with a live 45-minute webinar held on December 2, during which he explained why he wrote his book and the research behind it, what the...

ONS Voice (website of the Oncology Nursing Society) offered high praise for the pioneering, portable, water-purification system developed by a multidisciplinary UMass research team. The team included: Associate Professor Sarah Perry of the Chemical Engineering Department; Human Testing Control Facilities Director Michael Busa in the Institute for Applied Life Sciences; Associate...

Nianqiang (Nick) Wu, the Armstrong/Siadat Endowed Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department, has been named to the “2020 Highly Cited Researchers” list. This coveted list, which serves as a “who’s who” of influential researchers, identifies scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated significant influence through publication...

The University of Massachusetts Amherst ADVANCE Program has awarded a competitive collaborative research seed grant to Associate Professor Shelly Peyton of the Chemical Engineering Department and Assistant Professor Michelle Farkas of the Chemistry Department. Their ADVANCE research will develop a new tool for studying, stopping, and reversing the immunosuppression of the immune system in patients with cancer and other diseases.

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