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Undergraduate Shayna Nolan of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department is one of five students who have been selected to receive the fall 2014 UMass Amherst Rising Researcher student achievement award. This new award, sponsored by the Vice Chancellors for University Relations and Research and Engagement, recognizes exceptional UMass Amherst undergraduate students who excel in research, scholarship, or creative activity. ChE Professor Shelly Peyton nominated Nolan for the award in recognition of her research on cell migration on biomaterial surfaces, conducted under Peyton’s direction....

ExxonMobil has made a generous contribution of $3,000 to support the UMass Amherst chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and its Chem-E-Car team, which is constructing a chemically powered model car to compete at the 2014 Northeast Regional AIChE Conference at MIT. Every year, a team of approximately 20 dedicated UMass chemical engineering undergraduate students competes in the AIChE-sponsored event. The Chem-E-Car Competition requires each team to build a self-propelled model car that, driven by a chemical reaction alone, travels a pre-set distance while...

Professors David Ford and Peter Monson of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department have recently received two new collaborative research grants totaling $866,522 awarded to UMass Amherst from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The first grant of $327,038, which includes their ChE colleague Professor Wei Fan as a co-investigator, started on July 1 and is entitled “Developing New Theoretical Tools and Materials to Improve the Separation Performance of Inorganic Mesoporous Membranes.” 

The second NSF grant awards $539,484 to UMass Amherst, in addition to $260,744 going to...

Neil Forbes of the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a five-year, $1.56-million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to engineer what he calls “super-safe Salmonella bacteria” to act as Trojan Horses and deliver cancer-killing agents directly into tumors. His Salmonella vectors – armed with special cancer-ravaging peptides and a gene-disrupting ribonucleic acid (RNA) called shRNA – are designed to steal into cancer tumors, interrupt essential cell processes there, destroy cancer cells, eliminate cancer...

Sophomore chemical engineering major Bryanna Dague is the exception which disproves the rule that all engineering majors must be grinds who do nothing but study. In fact, Bry literally recycled her cycling hobby into a professional internship at Sensata Technologies when she was only a freshman. During a long cycling trek around her Norton, Massachusetts, home, she began chatting about a possible internship with one of her workout partners, who happened to run the chemistry lab at Sensata. One thing led to another, and Bry earned more first-hand engineering experience by the end of her...