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The Chemical Engineering Department at UMass Amherst has chosen Antonis Papadourakis ‘85 PhD and Monique Farrell ’14 BS to receive the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award and the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, respectively.

Associate Professor Jessica Schiffman, the interim head of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department, was recently honored with a UMass Amherst ADVANCE Mentoring Award. 

 

Professors Peng Bai and Ashish Kulkarni of the UMass Amherst College of Engineering have each been awarded prestigious five-year grants through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development (CAREER) program. 

UMass Alumna Cristina Thomas, who earned her doctorate in Chemical Engineering (ChE) here in 1992, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS). She is currently the global R&D services director at 3M, based in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Nianqiang “Nick” Wu, Armstrong-Siadat Endowed Professor in Materials Science in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) for “outstanding contributions to fundamental science of biosensors and bioengineering and transforming them to biomedical applications.”

College of Engineering alumna Rena Bizios '68, Lutcher Brown Endowed Chair Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas San Antonio, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) as part of the 2022 induction class.

Associate Professor Jessica Schiffman, the interim department head of the Chemical Engineering Department, has been selected to the “2021 I&EC Research Class of Influential Researchers – the Americas” by the journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (I&EC).

An interdisciplinary team of UMass Amherst researchers, led by chemical engineering professor Wei Fan and chemistry professor Scott Auerbach, had their recently published article chosen as a “hot” article in the journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 

Sarah Perry and Shelly Peyton, both of chemical engineering, are co-principal investigators of a UMass research team that will spend the next three years developing a process that can deliver the quantity and quality of messenger RNA (mRNA) demanded by a new class of medicines.

A new summer undergraduate research experience at UMass Amherst will give ten undergraduate students training in how to create advanced materials and how to use these materials to tackle crucial challenges in biology.

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