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The College of Engineering was well-represented on April 26 during the 19th Annual Statewide Undergraduate Research Conference at the UMass Amherst Campus Center. Some 23 students from chemical, civil, and mechanical engineering were among more than 830 students from campuses across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts giving poster and oral presentations from a wide range of academic disciplines throughout the day.

For many years the communal student work center in the basement of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department was so cramped, dark, and primitive that it was nicknamed "The Cave"; a name and conditions that evoked the famous remark of Thomas Hobbes that life is "nasty, brutish, and short." Not anymore! In the past year the ChE department has moved its student work area into a light and commodious space on the first floor of Goessmann Lab and transformed it into a high-tech, student-friendly, cheerful hub known as the CRIB. That's short for ChE Research & Innovation Base.

Four College of Engineering students were honored during Undergraduate Commencement on Friday, May 10, when the University of Massachusetts Amherst honored the exemplary achievement, initiative, and leadership of its most talented and accomplished graduating seniors. Civil engineering major Zachary Robert Bemis and civil and environmental engineering major Timothy Light were among the 11 graduating seniors that have been named 21st Century Leaders, honored for far-ranging achievement, initiative, and social awareness.

The College of Engineering has chosen three highly accomplished academics to receive 2013 Outstanding Faculty Awards, which were distributed at the Senior Recognition Celebration for the Class of 2013, held on May 11. Dr. Lixin Gao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department was the recipient of the Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, and Dr. Paul Dauenhauer of the Chemical Engineering Department and Dr. Casey Brown of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department each accepted the Barbara H. and Joseph I. Goldstein Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. Dr.

On April 13 through 14, the University of Massachusetts Amherst chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) hosted the Northeast Regional Student Conference of AIChE, featuring the regional Chem-E-Car Competition, a Jeopardy-style chemical engineering quiz for student teams, a keynote speaker, networking workshops, and much more. Most of the conference took place in the Integrated Science Building on the UMass Amherst campus.

Susan Roberts, a professor in the Chemical Engineering Department and founding director of the UMass Amherst Institute for Cellular Engineering (ICE), is featured in an enlightening article on the UMass Amherst Research NEXT website, which covers “Research, Scholarship, and Creativity for a Brighter Future.” ICE is working to generate interdisciplinary collaborations and traineeship opportunities at the interface between engineering and the life sciences.

Shelly Peyton of the Chemical Engineering Department had her research on breast cancer and metastasis featured in an article by Mike Fillon in the news section of the March 14 website posting of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. As the article noted, “A chemical engineer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst believes a different approach is needed for understanding breast cancer and metastasis, one based more on engineering than traditional medical research disciplines.

UMass chemical engineering major Chris Inglis of Mashpee, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod recently won the gold medal in the 200-yard freestyle at the Atlantic 10 Championships by bettering his own A-10 and UMass records with what was called “a blistering 1:36.80” time. Even more importantly, Inglis was also named to the Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Academic All-Conference Team, made up of student-athletes who have a GPA of 3.0 or better for their entire academic career.

The cover article in the January 18 edition of the American Chemical Society journal Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering features groundbreaking research conducted by UMass Amherst faculty members Paul Dauenhauer of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department, David Schmidt of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, and five other researchers.

Stephanie Polgar, a senior in the Chemical Engineering Department and president of the UMass Amherst student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), has been chosen as the AIChE national Student of the Month for March. She was featured in a long interview for the AIChE ChEnected website (“where chemical engineers mix it up”).


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