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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”).

This winter three young researchers at the College of Engineering have scored a collective hat trick by pulling in a trio of $400,000 awards from the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. The much sought-after grants were received by Paul Dauenhauer of the Chemical Engineering Department, and David Irwin and Qiangfei Xia of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Nearly one-third of all faculty members at the college have won the esteemed NSF awards.

Professor Susan Roberts will assume the half-time position of associate dean of the Graduate School on July 1, according to John McCarthy, vice provost for Graduate Education and dean of the Graduate School. Roberts is a faculty member in the Department of Chemical Engineering and director of the Institute for Cellular Engineering (ICE).

The Web of Science notes that a landmark paper written by H. Henning Winter, the Distinguished University Professor of Chemical Engineering and director of the Laboratory for Experimental Rheology in the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department, has reached the celebrated 1,000-citation mark. As ChE Department Head T.J. Lakis Mountziaris notes, “This is a remarkable achievement.” Henning’s milestone paper is entitled “Analysis of Linear Viscoelasticity of a Crosslinking Polymer at the Gel Point” and was published in 1986 in the Journal of Rheology.

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