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Professor Shelly Peyton, the Armstrong Professional Development Professor in the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department and an adjunct professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department, has been named a Fellow in the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). In 2019, Peyton was also elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows.

Alumna Christine Barner Seymour, who will deliver the 2021 Shirley and Ting-Wei Tang Lecture in a virtual Webinar on October 20 for the College of Engineering, was recently included in a prestigious Marquis Who's Who biographical volume, recognizing her for excellence in chemical engineering. Seymour, who earned her doctorate from the UMass Chemical Engineering Department in 1995, has also been honored by the College of Engineering with its 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award. Seymour is the director of Regulatory Chemistry and Manufacturing Controls at Pfizer Inc.

Ph.D. student Rushabh Shah of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded a one-year, $11,750 fellowship from the American Membrane Technology Association (AMTA) and the Bureau of Reclamation to study a pioneering approach to improve the performance of ultrafiltration membranes.

Alumnus Gary Lapidus has gifted $500,000 to establish an endowed fund supporting faculty excellence in the department of chemical engineering. The Gary R. Lapidus Faculty Fund will support one faculty member for a renewable five-year term, providing resources for summer stipends, other research and teaching expenses, and professional travel.

Marvin O. Schlanger ‘72MS & Eva (Listman) Schlanger ‘70MA recently directed a generous gift from the Schlanger Family Foundation to the UMass Amherst College of Engineering, extending their support for assistant professor Lauren Andrews, the Marvin and Eva Schlanger Faculty Fellow in Chemical Engineering. 

The College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been ranked in a seven-way tie for No. 56 overall and No. 30 among public engineering programs (five-way tie) in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 rankings. The college also retains its status as the No. 1 public engineering program in New England.

The UMass Amherst iCons Program has selected Wei Fan, the Edward S. Price Faculty Fellow in Chemical Engineering, as their 2021-2022 iCons Teaching Fellow.

Two College of Engineering faculty members were among the 25 from UMass Amherst awarded tenure at the June meeting of the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees. The two new tenured professors in the college are Colin J. Gleason of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and Jungwoo Lee of the Chemical Engineering Department and also an adjunct faculty member in the Biomedical Engineering Department.

Nianqiang “Nick” Wu, the Armstrong/Siadat Endowed Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is the principal investigator on a $3.4-million grant from the National Institutes of Health to support his creation of a portable optical sensor system for assisting in the diagnosis of traumatic brain injuries, which impact some 27-million people worldwide each year. Wu’s new testing system could be used in the field – at the scene of an accident or injury – and would take only minutes to obtain results.

Five College of Engineering faculty members are among the 46 UMass ADVANCE Faculty Fellows for 2021-2022. The College of Engineering ADVANCE Fellows are: Seth Donahue, Biomedical Engineering; Ashish Kulkarni, Chemical Engineering; Konstantinos Andreadis, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Michael Zink, Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Shannon Roberts, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

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