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Five outstanding undergraduates from the College of Engineering have won awards from the Alumni Association at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Kelly Kennedy, a senior in Electrical Engineering, won a Senior Leadership Award, recognizing graduating seniors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the UMass Amherst community. In addition, juniors Myles Baidy of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Justin Calderara of Mechanical Engineering, Jose Lasalle of Electrical Engineering and Physics, and Eric Rice of Chemical Engineering received the William F. Field...

Wei Fan, chemical engineering, is part of a research team that has found that applying two nano-scale coatings to a unique form of carbon boosts its stability to perform in lithium-air batteries. It is considered a key step in developing new small but powerful batteries for cars and other manufactured goods. Link to articles: Azonano.com, Science 360...

Paul Dornath, a chemical engineering graduate student in Professor Wei Fan’s lab, has recently published articles in two high impact journals in the field of biomass catalysis and Li-O2 batteries. Dornath was first author on a publication in Green Chemistry (impact factor 6.85, http://pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/ArticleLanding/2015/GC/c4gc02187h#!divAbstract). Dornath’s article was highlighted by the journal as cover art.

The research described by Dornath in this article pursued the...

Chemical Engineering (ChE) graduate student Miaomin Zhang and his advisor ChE Professor Neil S. Forbes recently published the cover article of the Journal of Controlled Release (vol 199, February 10th), which has an impact factor of 7.8. The title of the article is "Trg-deficient Salmonella colonize quiescent tumor regions by exclusively penetrating or proliferating."

For more than 12 years, the Forbes research team has been working on non-pathogenic Salmonella bacteria that can use their own self-propulsion system to venture deep into tumors and deliver cancer-...

Senior chemical engineering major Ezra Aurian-Blajeni has won a scholarship from the local chapter of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE). Nine Joel Goldenberg Memorial Scholarships were recently presented by the Boston Area Chapter of ISPE, a non-profit, professional society serving the life sciences industry, including college and university students preparing to enter related fields.

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The Boston Area Chapter of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) is proud to announce the...