This semester Professor Shelly Peyton of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department instituted a new, sophomore-level course that gives ChE majors the kind of hands-on experience in lab experimentation that is distinctive for this department or any other in the country. And Peyton believes this hands-on lab will have a long-lasting impact on the future careers of the students who take it.
In an era marked by divisive political rhetoric about prejudice of many kinds, thank goodness for the UMass Amherst chapter of Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM). Founded by award-winning chemical engineering major Phoebe Bisnoff ’19, the oSTEM mission is to provide a targeted, inclusive space for the LGBTQ+ community engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to connect and network.
Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement Michael F. Malone, the Ronnie and Eugene Isenberg Distinguished Professor of Engineering, has notified Chemical Engineering major Jun-Goo Kwak ’19 that he is one of eight students who have been selected this semester to receive the 2018-2019 UMass Amherst Rising Researcher student achievement award. This award recognizes exceptional UMass Amherst undergraduate students who excel in research, scholarship, or creative activity.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society, has awarded the distinction of Fellow to Chemical Engineering (ChE) Professor Dimitrios Maroudas as one of 416 such designations by the AAAS this year. The AAAS says it has elevated individuals to this rank “because of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.” As the AAAS explains, it is rewarding Maroudas “for innovative work on multiscale modeling of complex systems with emphasis on establishing processing-structure-properties-function relations in bulk, thin-film, and nanostructured materials.”
Professor Michael Henson of the Chemical Engineering Department has been selected as a 2018 Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). “It is with great pleasure and honor I welcome you to the select group of members of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers,” wrote Syamal Poddar, Ph.D., P.E, FAIChE, and the chair of the AIChE Fellows Council.
Inside UMass reports that two scientists at UMass Amherst, including Professor Sarah Perry of the Chemical Engineering Department, are building a new class of environmentally friendly polymer materials made from complex coacervates that contain solid nanoparticles. The scientists hope their research into these new complex coacervates will have a radical impact on applications ranging from polymer coatings to vaccine formulation.
See Inside UMass article: Scientists Make Polymers Containing Solid Nanoparticles.
In late October, College of Engineering Dean Tim Anderson will visit Ames, Iowa, to receive the 2018 Marston Medal presented by the Iowa State University College of Engineering. The Marston Medal recognizes alumni of the Iowa State College of Engineering for outstanding achievement in advancing engineering science, technology, or policy having national and international impact in academics, industry, public service, government, or other venues.
Omar A. Abdelrahman of the UMass Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department is part of a research team which has discovered that molecular motion can be predicted with high accuracy when confining molecules in small “nano-cages.” This theoretical method can be used for screening millions of possible nanomaterials and could improve the production of fuels and chemicals. The research was recently published online in ACS Central Science, a leading open-access journal of the American Chemical Society.
Once again the UMass Amherst College of Engineering ranks among the nation’s top engineering programs, climbing this year to No. 33 public in the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2019.
On August 10th, an eight-person team from the UMass Amherst Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Chapter travelled to Saviefe-Deme in Ghana to implement an inexpensive biosand water filter project. Saviefe-Deme is a small community in the Volta Region, along the southern part of Ghana, which houses a few hundred people. The EWB group tackled a big challenge during its August trip, to implement a low-maintenance and cost-effective strategy for bringing clean water to Saviefe-Deme.