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Alumnus Gary Lapidus has gifted $500,000 to establish an endowed fund supporting faculty excellence in the department of chemical engineering. The Gary R. Lapidus Faculty Fund will support one faculty member for a renewable five-year term, providing resources for summer stipends, other research and teaching expenses, and professional travel.

Marvin O. Schlanger ‘72MS & Eva (Listman) Schlanger ‘70MA recently directed a generous gift from the Schlanger Family Foundation to the UMass Amherst College of Engineering, extending their support for assistant professor Lauren Andrews, the Marvin and Eva Schlanger Faculty Fellow in Chemical Engineering. 

The College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been ranked in a seven-way tie for No. 56 overall and No. 30 among public engineering programs (five-way tie) in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 rankings. The college also retains its status as the No. 1 public engineering program in New England.

The UMass Amherst iCons Program has selected Wei Fan, the Edward S. Price Faculty Fellow in Chemical Engineering, as their 2021-2022 iCons Teaching Fellow.

Two College of Engineering faculty members were among the 25 from UMass Amherst awarded tenure at the June meeting of the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees. The two new tenured professors in the college are Colin J. Gleason of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and Jungwoo Lee of the Chemical Engineering Department and also an adjunct faculty member in the Biomedical Engineering Department.

Nianqiang “Nick” Wu, the Armstrong/Siadat Endowed Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is the principal investigator on a $3.4-million grant from the National Institutes of Health to support his creation of a portable optical sensor system for assisting in the diagnosis of traumatic brain injuries, which impact some 27-million people worldwide each year. Wu’s new testing system could be used in the field – at the scene of an accident or injury – and would take only minutes to obtain results.

Five College of Engineering faculty members are among the 46 UMass ADVANCE Faculty Fellows for 2021-2022. The College of Engineering ADVANCE Fellows are: Seth Donahue, Biomedical Engineering; Ashish Kulkarni, Chemical Engineering; Konstantinos Andreadis, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Michael Zink, Electrical and Computer Engineering; and Shannon Roberts, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

In the spring semester of 2020, undergraduates Katherine (Kat) Nilov and Sanjana Manghnani of the Chemical Engineering Department participated in Engineer Engagement Specialist Dr. Stephen Fernandez’s pilot course on “Learning through Community Engagement and Bridging Engineering Theory and Practice.” Recently, the Campus Compact Website posted an interview with Nilov and Manghnani, in which they very eloquently articulated the impact of the course on their worldview about engineering itself and using their future profession to engage with surrounding communities.

Ali Abdel-Maksoud ’21, electrical engineering, and Nicholas Sbalbi ’22, chemical engineering, have been named Rising Researchers by UMass Amherst Research Next.

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Weiyue Xin, a Ph.D. student in the Chemical Engineering Department, is the lead author of a paper recently published in Science Advances explaining how a UMass Amherst research team has discovered how to use elasticity to control the positions of solid micro-plates on curved 2D fluids.

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