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Associate Professor Wei Fan of the Chemical Engineering Department has been appointed as the inaugural recipient of the Edward S. Price Chemical Engineering Faculty Fellowship at UMass Amherst for a three-year term.

The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees has named Associate Professor Shelly Peyton of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department as the newest Armstrong Professional Development Professor.  The professorship is awarded for a three-year period “to a faculty member who is at the beginning of his/her career and has demonstrated substantial achievement and great promise in his/her area of teaching and research.

Maintaining our ABET accreditation reaffirms the quality and impact of a UMass Amherst engineering education.  ABET accreditation assures that programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies, and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.

Professor Friederike Jentoft of the Chemical Engineering Department has been awarded a $550,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) Office of Science Financial Assistance Program to continue her groundbreaking work on acid catalyst design. Acid catalysis plays a key role in commercially established and emerging processes to produce chemicals and fuels by efficient transformation of petroleum- or biomass-derived feedstocks.

UMass ADVANCE has announced the 2020-2021 cohort of ADVANCE Faculty Fellows, and it includes five engineering faculty — one from each department.

 

Dimitrios Maroudas, a professor in the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department and director of the College of Engineering (COE) Materials Engineering Program, has been elected as a 2020 Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The designation of Fellow is AIChE’s highest grade of membership and is achieved only through election by the AIChE Board of Directors upon recommendation of the AIChE Admissions Committee.

The UMass Board of Trustees has approved three additional tenure appointments in the College of engineering for Chaitra Gopalappa and Jae-Hwang Lee of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, along with Sarah Perry of the Chemical Engineering Department.

Jessica Schiffman, associate professor (ChE), is collaborating with researchers at the University of Maine to develop a novel bio-inspired membrane that can capture COVID-19 airborne droplets. The goal of the research is to develop an insert into an air filtration system to capture virus-containing droplets to make collection and analysis easier.

In the AIChE interview, Peyton is asked to “tell us a bit about your experience as an out LGBTQIA+ professional working in engineering.” She replies that “My experience has been fantastic. I have been blessed to have amazing, supportive, and collaborative colleagues...When I was looking for tenure-track jobs, being able to work at an excellent institution while also living in a welcoming area was very important to me."

Nianqiang “Nick” Wu, the Armstrong-Siadat Endowed Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department, has received the prestigious Sensor Division Outstanding Achievement Award from the Electrochemical Society (ECS). The award was created in 1989 to recognize outstanding achievement in research and/or technical contributions to the field of sensors and to encourage work excellence in the field. 

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