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A new analysis published by the Electricity Growth and Use in Developing Economies (e-GUIDE) Initiative, led by Assistant Professor Jay Taneja of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, found that areas with a high minority population were four times as likely to experience power outages than did predominantly white areas during February’s blackouts in Texas. The analysis was completed in collaboration with Zeal Shah, a Ph.D. student in Taneja’s STIMA Lab in the UMass...

According to the UMass News Office, Daniel Holcomb, an associate professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, recently participated in a National Science Foundation media briefing on fundamental research and the future of semiconductors. Joining faculty from Duke University, Boston University, Stanford, and Penn State, Holcomb answered media questions related to semiconductors and the current global...

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) recently awarded a state grant for $1,072,791 to professor David Reckhow’s group in civil and environmental engineering to facilitate sampling of public water supplies to test if the water is contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), and to test selected private water wells in 84 of the 351 Massachusetts cities and towns to characterize the levels of PFAS in the Commonwealth.

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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...

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.

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A team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed the thinnest and most sensitive flow sensor, which could have significant implications for medical research and applications, according to new research published recently in Nature Communications.

The research was led by Jinglei Ping, assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, along with a trio of mechanical engineering Ph.D. students: Xiaoyu Zhang, who fabricated the sensor and made the measurement,...

Chemical Engineering (ChE) Assistant Professor Jungwoo Lee, an adjunct of the Biomedical Engineering Department, leads a multidisciplinary team of researchers at the UMass Institute for Applied Life Sciences that has developed a technique to replicate bone tissue complexity and bone remodeling processes. This breakthrough could help researchers advance their study of bone biology and assist in further developing drugs for osteoporosis.

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Dr. Guangyu Xu and Dr. Simos Gerasimidis of the UMass Amherst College of Engineering have just received awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, among the most prestigious grants that the NSF offers. Both awards are in the approximate range of $500,000.

The NSF’s CAREER program provides prestigious and highly competitive awards that support the research, teaching, and outreach activities of promising and...

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