The ninth annual University of Massachusetts Innovation Challenge final business plan competition was held on April 7. The event culminated in awards to five competing teams from a prize pool of $50,000 provided by private sector contributions as well as two special $5,000 named awards – The David Wolf Prize and The Glass Prize. Rescue Collar won the top prize of $25,000, followed by mDiagnostics which won a total of $15,000. Fiberessence and Nine Brain each won $7,500, while Acne Free, Naturally received $5,250 at the event.
Aura Ganz of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has been selected to receive the 2014 Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, and Shelly Peyton of the Chemical Engineering Department will receive the 2014 Barbara H. and Joseph I. Goldstein Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. “Their excellent contributions to scholarship and the profession bring distinction to our college,” said Dean Tim Anderson while announcing the annual awards.
Dean Tim Anderson is pleased to announce the appointment of three faculty members and one administrator as the new associate deans for the College of Engineering.
Assistant Professor Wei Fan of the Chemical Engineering Department has been selected to receive the prestigious 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award from 3M Corporation. The Award recognizes “outstanding new faculty who were selected based on their research, experience, and academic leadership. The purpose of the award is to help the young faculty members achieve tenure, remain in their teaching position, and conduct research.” Fan is a young leader in the field of engineering porous materials as catalysts and carriers for biorefinery and drug delivery.
The American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) has presented alumnus Joseph A. Carnevale – a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy retired, the senior defense advisor for the Shipbuilders Council of America, and a 1971 alum of the Chemical Engineering Department – with its 2013 Frank G. Law Award, given annually since 1980 in recognition of long-term significant contributions of service to the society. A longtime supporter of the college, Carnivale has created an endowed scholarship fund here, is a frequent guest speaker, and serves on the UMass Rising Campaign Committee for the D.C. region.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni Association has announced the recipients of its annual student scholarships and awards, and six high-achieving undergraduates from the College of Engineering were among them. The engineering recipients were: Industrial Engineering major Avery Stroman ’16, who won a $750 Alumni Merit-Based SAA Scholarship; Mechanical Engineering major Aaron Annan '15, Computer System Engineering major Michael Bjorge '15, Civil Engineering major Marissa Shea '15, and Chemical Engineering major Marianne Sleiman '15, who all received $750 William F.
Paul Dauenhauer of the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been approved by the university Board of Trustees to receive the Armstrong Professional Development Professorship. The Armstrong Professorship was established in 2001 with an endowment of $850,000 by John and Elizabeth Armstrong of Amherst and a $650,000 matching grant from the University of Massachusetts President’s Distinguished Professorship Initiative.
Christos Dimitrakopoulos, a professor in the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department, has achieved a scholarly feat rarely reached by any researcher. According to the Google Scholar website, Dimitrakopoulos has just sped past the 12,000 mark in publication citations. “My colleague Professor Christos Dimitrakopoulos has achieved a unique milestone in his career,” noted ChE Department Head T.J. Lakis Mountziaris. “It’s now over 12,000 citations and counting!”
Shelly Peyton, an assistant professor in the Chemical Engineering Department and the Barry and Afsaneh Siadat Career Development Faculty Fellow at UMass Amherst, gave the keynote address during the 7th Northeast Alliance Science Day on Feb. 13 at the Universidad de Puerto Rico Mayagüez. The event was organized by Sandy Petersen, executive director of the STEM Diversity Institute and professor of veterinary and animal sciences at UMass Amherst, and Antonio Estevez, professor of chemical engineering from UPR-Mayaguez.
Ray Sehgal, a former graduate student in the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department co-advised by ChE Professors Dimitrios Maroudas and David Ford, won the Oral Presentation Award at the Fall 2013 meeting of the Materials Research Society. Sehgal’s presentation, entitled “Coarse-Grained Model for Phase Behavior in Thermodynamically Small Assemblies,” was given the award by the symposium on Modeling and Theory-Driven Design of Soft Materials. The award included a monetary prize and a certificate. Sehgal successfully defended his Ph.D.