Anellotech Inc., a technology-based company focusing on low-cost green petrochemicals and renewable fuels, has announced the signing of an exclusive license agreement amendment with the University of Massachusetts Amherst that adds a new technology, tripling the amount of p-xylene produced from non-food biomass using Anellotech’ s core, catalytic fast pyrolysis technology. P-xylene is a critical feedstock for making PET (polyethylene terephthalate), which is used to produce plastic bottles, clothing, carpeting, automotive, and other products.
Alumnus Marvin O. Schlanger ('72 M.S., ChE) has been named CEO of CEVA Logistics, one of the world’s leading non-asset-based, supply-chain, management companies, in addition to continuing his role as chairman of the board for CEVA Group plc. He began his career with Mobil and joined ARCO Chemical Company in 1975, becoming chief financial officer and a member of the board of directors in 1989. Since then Schlanger has held a range of executive and board positions, including CEO and CFO roles, and also served as a director of several trade, cultural, and charitable organizations.
Chemical engineering graduate student Jin Yang will have research featured in the cover article of the January 5, 2013, issue of the Journal of Computational Chemistry. The title of the article, which will start on page 60 of the issue, is “Adsorption of Oxygenated Aromatics.” Yang is being co-advised by Paul Dauenhauer from the Chemical Engineering Department and Ashwin Ramasubramaniam from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department.
Michael Henson of the Chemical Engineering Department has been appointed founding editor-in-chief of the new journal Processes (www.mdpi.com/journal/processes). This open-access journal is focused on the development of novel process technology for the chemical, materials, biochemical, and pharmaceutical manufacturing industries. Dr.
Chemical engineering alumna Marie Laplante has been chosen as a Fellow of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) “for versatile and dedicated leadership at all levels of SWE and for serving as a role model and champion of diversity.” Laplante is currently a chief technology engineer, utilities branch, in KBR’s project definition group. She is responsible for managing utility design guidelines for major KBR petrochemical projects. A senior life member of SWE, she joined the UMass Amherst chapter as a student in 1982 and has served in many capacities for the society ever since.
Retired Navy Rear Admiral and UMass alumnus Joseph A. Carnevale (’71, ChE), currently the senior defense advisor for the Shipbuilders Council of America, has endowed a scholarship for high school students from Pittsfield and/or Berkshire County entering the College of Engineering. In addition, Carnevale shared highlights from his extraordinary career and lessons to benefit tomorrow’s engineering leaders when he visited the College of Engineering in October. His clever talk was entitled “Avoiding the Draft, Trained to Lead, Building a Fleet.” How fitting is that!
Paul Dauenhauer of the Chemical Engineering Department has been appointed to the Associate Editorial Board of the journal Chemical Engineering Science. Dauenhauer received a B.S. Degree in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 2004 and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota in 2008. He has worked as a senior research engineer for both Cargill, Inc. (Grain & Oilseed and Sweeteners Division) in Midland, Michigan and the Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, Texas.
Katrina A. Rieger, a Ph.D. candidate in the research lab of Professor Jessica D. Schiffman from the Chemical Engineering Department, was one of nine recipients nationally to receive an Eli Lilly Travel Award. The award is sponsored jointly by the Women Chemists Committee (WCC) of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and Eli Lilly & Company to increase the participation of women in the chemical sciences. Funding provides female graduate students and postdoctoral fellows the opportunity to travel to a national meeting and present their research.
Senior chemical engineering major Magnum Lew of Wellesley, Massachusetts has discovered first-hand how to use his education to make the world a better place and help the people around him. Lew has done sophisticated research as an undergraduate on two of society’s key issues: creating sustainable biofuels to replace expensive, unsustainable, and environmentally harmful fossil fuels; and monitoring the country’s crumbling highway infrastructure. Can any undergrad do more meaningful work than that?
Reporting in the current issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Scott Auerbach of the UMass Amherst Chemistry Department, Paul Dauenhauer of the Chemical Engineering Department, and their team of researchers have for the first time modeled at the molecular level the activation energies needed for the chemical reaction known as “fast pyrolysis” to proceed in cellulose. The discovery is critical information for efficiently converting cellulose to biofuels.