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Alumnus Ed Price, a College of Engineering donor who also serves on the Advisory Board of our Chemical Engineering Department, is the president and CEO of PCI Synthesis (, a 15 year-old chemical manufacturer of new chemical entities, generic active pharmaceutical ingredients, and other specialty chemical products. With more than 20 years of experience in chemical operations, engineering, and manufacturing, Price has grown PCI from a basic chemical manufacturer into the leading CMO that it is today.

UMass Chemical Engineering alumnus Marvin O. Schlanger, chairman and former chief executive officer of CEVA Group PLC and former chairman of the Supervisory Board at LyondellBasell Industries, N.V., was presented with the Government and Industry Leaders (AGILE) Award by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The award is presented by the AIChE board of directors to those individuals who have made significant contributions to the chemical engineering profession and whose contributions and initiatives have made a significant impact within the chemical engineering industry.

Two members of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department – Tami Paluca, the Academic Advisor for Undergraduate Studies and the Director of Alumni Affairs, and Professor Susan Roberts – were selected for awards presented at the 5th Annual Senior Recognition Reception held by the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS). Paluca received the Staff Appreciation Award, and Roberts received the Faculty Appreciation Award. According to CMASS, the duo received their awards for “dedication and invaluable contributions to CMASS and the UMass community this year.”

Chemical Engineering alumnus Charles Beyrouthy is the Co-Founder and CEO of the dynamic software company LabCloud, which provides a fully integrated platform that allows R&D organizations to better manage research pipelines. As the company’s website notes, “With LabCloud’s key capabilities, an organization is uniquely positioned to drive innovation while reducing operational expenditures, increasing laboratory compliance, and improving transparency.” Go to LabCloud website:

Chemical Engineering Department Assistant Professor Sarah Perry has been named one of the two Armstrong Fund for Science winners for 2015, which this year is granting $20,000 to each researcher to encourage transformative research on campus that introduces new ways of thinking about pressing scientific or technical challenges. Physics assistant professor Jun Yan also received an Armstrong award. They were recognized at the UMass Amherst Honors Dinner on April 22.

Two College of Engineering undergraduate students were among the six so-called “Rising Researchers” designated by the UMass Amherst website Research/Next (Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity for a Brighter Future)Read the Research Next article. The two engineering winners are Chemical Engineering student Xuanting Wang ’16 and Civil Engineering student Marissa Shea ’15. The Rising Research program acknowledges the excellent work of UMass Amherst undergraduate students.

A Chemical Engineering (ChE) undergraduate student, Cameron Johnston, who works under the supervision of  ChE Professor Sarah Perry, won a best poster award at the 2015 American Chemical Society Connecticut Valley Section Undergraduate Research Symposium. The title of the winning poster was “Effect of polymer architecture and zwitterionic moieties on complex coacervation.” Johnston’s research is a collaborative effort between Dr. Perry's lab and Todd Emrick’s lab, with one of his graduate students, Rachel Letteri.

Chemical Engineering junior Katharine Greco has won a highly selective scholarship from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, room, and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. Greco’s scholarship was one of only 260 awarded nationally this year.

Katrina Rieger, a fourth-year doctoral candidate in the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department, has been chosen to receive a highly selective and very prestigious 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Student Award in conjunction with the Germanistic Society of America Award. Rieger will serve as a Fulbright researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research in Mainz, Germany. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the United States. 

The method that pharmaceutical companies use to develop new chemotherapy drugs is highly inefficient and expensive, costing one-to-ten-billion dollars and seven to 20 years for each drug. Shelly Peyton of the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is addressing this critical problem with her new research project, funded by a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation CAREER Program.


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