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Research Highlights

Assistant Professor Lauren Andrews, the Marvin and Eva Schlanger Faculty Fellow in the Chemical Engineering Department, has received a three-year, $1.4-million grant from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative project to engineer synthetic bacteria that can neutralize toxic contaminants found in drinking water. See News Medical Life Sciences and...

PI Michael Zink will lead an effort, funded by a $399,676 National Science Foundation grant, to expand a cutting-edge UMass Amherst computer cluster. See UMass News coverage. 

Anuj Pradhan will use Toyota grants to study teenagers’ hazard-awareness training and how drivers learn to use adaptive cruise control. See UMass News story 

Colin Gleason’s Team will develop a global, open-source, software system for tracking water and sediments in the Earth’s rivers by using NASA satellite data. See UMass News story 

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.”