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The Department of Energy (DoE) website Energy Research Newsletter recently carried an enlightening profile about Assistant Professor Omar Abdelrahman of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department dealing with what writer ChoongSze Lee called Abdelrahman’s “non-traditional” academic journey to the West. After earning his Doctorate in Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University in 2016, Abdelrahman served as a post-doc in former UMass ChE Professor Paul Dauenhauer’s lab at the University of Minnesota, an experience which, along with other influences, helped to transform Abdelrahman’s view of science.

Assistant Professor Lauren Andrews, the Marvin and Eva Schlanger Faculty Fellow in the Chemical Engineering Department, is the principal investigator receiving a five-year, $589,060 grant from the prominent National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. The NSF funding will support Andrews’s pioneering research studying how communities of bacteria can be engineered to have coordinated behaviors that will have numerous potential applications in biomanufacturing, cell-based therapies, and medical diagnostics.

Assistant Professor Peter Beltramo of the Chemical Engineering Department is the principal  investigator for a team receiving a five-year, $592,332 grant from the prominent National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. The NSF funding will support Beltramo’s project, titled “Understanding the interplay between lipid composition and biomolecule transport in biological membranes,” which comprises a pathway of fundamental research that could enable the development of such breakthroughs as advanced drug delivery systems, biosensors, and other biomimetic materials.

Assistant Professor Jungwoo Lee of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department is the principal investigator in a five-year, $549,710 grant from the coveted National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. Lee’s NSF research could lead to a greater understanding through which bone remodeling and blood-forming processes are functionally coupled in trabecular bone cavities via creating tissue engineered hematopoietic trabecular bone marrow models.

Assistant Professor Sarah Perry of the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a $657,920 grant from the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program to study a groundbreaking new approach to protein stabilization based on nature-inspired strategies. Her NSF research has the ultimate goal of boosting the accessibility of vaccines and other therapeutics, especially in developing countries, and extending the reach of temperature-stable proteins to sensing and catalysis applications.

Associate Professor Wei Fan of the Chemical Engineering Department has collaborated with UMass Chemistry Professor Scott Auerbach and others to boost our understanding of zeolite catalyst structure and vibrations in an effort that can lead to new materials for clean energy and carbon capture, among many other applications. Their cutting-edge research appeared as the cover story in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society (JACS).

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Nianqiang “Nick” Wu has been appointed to the Armstrong/Siadat Endowed Professorship in Materials Science of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department at UMass Amherst. Wu’s work in the ChE department begins in January 2020, after spending five years as a professor at West Virginia University (WVU). The endowed professorship is awarded to a researcher in the area of materials science in ChE department.

Associate Professor Jessica Schiffman and Assistant Professor Lauren Andrews of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department have received a three-year, $515,473 grant from National Science Foundation (NSF) Division Of Materials Research. The NSF funding will support fundamental research that aims to understand how bacteria attach to polymer materials and enable the re-engineering of hydrogel-coated biomedical devices...

Assistant Professor Jungwoo Lee of the Chemical Engineering Department is receiving a one-year, $50,000 grant from the METAvivor 2019 Early Career Investigator Award grant program to support his foundational research for developing better therapeutic strategies to prevent or delay lethal metastasis for breast cancer survivors.

The College of Engineering welcomes three exciting new faculty members, beginning in the spring semester of 2020: Professor Nianqiang (Nick) Wu, who will serve as the Armstrong-Siadat Endowed Professor in the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department; Assistant Professor Cathal Kearney in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department; and Assistant Professor Meghan Huber in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department.

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