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As Acting Dean for the College of Engineering Christopher Hollot announced last week, “Please join me in congratulating Doctors Christos Dimitrakopoulos, Eleni Christofa, and Stephen Nonnenmann for being selected as outstanding faculty in the College of Engineering in 2019.” Professor Dimitrakopoulos of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department was selected for the Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, while the review committee chose Assistant Professors Christofa of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department and Nonnenmann of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department as joint awardees of the Barbara H. and Joseph I. Goldstein Outstanding Junior Faculty Award.  

Sanjay Raman, associate vice president for the Virginia Tech National Capital Region and president and CEO of the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation, has been named the new dean of the College of Engineering.  He begins his duties at UMass Amherst in August.

Professor Stephen Nonnenmann of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department was one of two winners of the UMass College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award for 2019. The other winner was Professor John Tobiason of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Both of these highly accomplished teachers, researchers, and academics have made a lasting impact on the education of the engineering workforce for many years to come.

Stephen Nonnenmann of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department has received a grant from the prestigious NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. Nonnenmann’s CAREER research will focus on energy conversion and storage applications.

As Nonnenmann explains, many energy conversion and storage applications require chemical reactions along some critical surface or interface to effectively operate.

In a long feature article by Joseph Bednar, published on February 19, Business West sang the praises of the Advanced Digital Design & Fabrication Lab, or ADDFab for short — one of 31 “core facilities” in the Institute for Applied Life Sciences at UMass Amherst. Professor Sundar Krishnamurty, the head of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, is also the co-director of the ADDFab and contributed mightily to the Business West article.

Alumnus Ekundayo Shittu, who is currently on the faculty of the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering at George Washington University (GWU) in the District of Columbia, has been awarded a five-year, $500,000, Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program grant from the National Science Foundation. His CAREER project is titled “Adaptive Investments into Resilient Electricity Infrastructure Systems.” At UMass, Dr. Shittu was a Ph.D. student of Professor Erin Baker in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department.

A recent article by LMI, a consulting firm dedicated to improving the management of government, focused on a UMass alumna and graduate of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, Karen Britton ’87, who is now LMI’s vice president of digital services. She earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from UMass. Britton returned to UMass on November 30, 2017, to give the 18th annual Tang Lecture.

The MIE Department would like to offer it's congratulations to Rebecca Castonguay, this year's recipient of the UMass Amherst Rising Researcher student achievement award.

The Rising Researcher award recognizes exceptional UMass Amherst undergraduate students who excel in research, scholarship, or creative activity. Professors Hari Balasubramanian and Chaitra Gopalappa, mechanical and industrial engineering, nominated you for this award in recognition of your research that explores various aspects of mathematical modeling to aid healthcare decision-making. We applaud your hard work and dedication, and we appreciate the contributions you have made to our academic community.

An article by the UMass Amherst News Office describes how Juan M. Jiménez, an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, has received a five-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study how blood flow around artificial stents in coronary arteries affects the cells that line the arteries and direct how they heal. The grant is from the very prestigious NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program.

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