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The UMass Board of Trustees has approved three additional tenure appointments in the College of engineering for Chaitra Gopalappa and Jae-Hwang Lee of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, along with Sarah Perry of the Chemical Engineering Department.

Jessica Schiffman, associate professor (ChE), is collaborating with researchers at the University of Maine to develop a novel bio-inspired membrane that can capture COVID-19 airborne droplets. The goal of the research is to develop an insert into an air filtration system to capture virus-containing droplets to make collection and analysis easier.

In the AIChE interview, Peyton is asked to “tell us a bit about your experience as an out LGBTQIA+ professional working in engineering.” She replies that “My experience has been fantastic. I have been blessed to have amazing, supportive, and collaborative colleagues...When I was looking for tenure-track jobs, being able to work at an excellent institution while also living in a welcoming area was very important to me."

Nianqiang “Nick” Wu, the Armstrong-Siadat Endowed Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department, has received the prestigious Sensor Division Outstanding Achievement Award from the Electrochemical Society (ECS). The award was created in 1989 to recognize outstanding achievement in research and/or technical contributions to the field of sensors and to encourage work excellence in the field. 

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering Peter Beltramo has been selected as a University of Massachusetts Amherst Lilly Teaching Fellow for the 2020-21 academic year. Eight Fellows are selected for the program each year from departments across the campus. The Lilly Teaching Fellowship provides early-career faculty with an opportunity to enhance and refine their teaching abilities both inside and outside the classroom.

Four College of Engineering graduate students, two from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department and two from the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department, have been awarded prestigious fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). The MIE fellowship recipients are Bridget Benner and Jacob Davis, while the ChE recipients are Becca Huber and Stephanie Call.

 

Michael A. Henson has been appointed interim head of the Department of Chemical Engineering, effective May 24. He will replace current head, John Klier, who is stepping down to transition into the role of dean of the Gallogly College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma.

 

Amity Lee, office manager & assistant to the department head in chemical engineering, is the recipient of this year’s Dean’s Service Award.

 

Assistant Professor Govind Srimathveeravalli of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department has received a $603,550 grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) to study how to redeploy macrophages to effect sustained and robust anti-tumor response in patients with bladder cancer. The project’s co-principal investigator is Ashish Kulkarni of the Chemical Engineering Department.

The STEM Women’s Interdisciplinary Group, containing three College of Engineering Faculty members, has received one of the four new mutual mentoring grants, funded for up to $6,000 a year, by the UMass ADVANCE team. Among other UMass faculty, the STEM Women’s Interdisciplinary Group includes Dr. Caitlyn Butler of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and Dr. Sarah Perry and Dr. Jessica Schiffman of the Chemical Engineering Department. 

See UMass ADVANCE Honors Seven Faculty with Mentoring Awards.

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