Assistant Professor Jae-Hwang Lee of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department is the principal investigator for UMass Amherst on a three-year, $700,000 project, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), to develop pioneering high-performance materials required by many of the world’s most significant industries. Lee is collaborating on the NSF project with Rutgers University principal investigator Professor Jonathan Singer and co-principal investigator Assimina Pelegri.
Woodrow W Winchester III, a senior lecturer and director of engineering management in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, has registered a couple of notable achievements recently. First, he was invited to be a fellow in the second cohort of the National Science Foundation-funded Aspire Alliance’s Institutional Change Network IAspire Leadership Academy. Then, Fast Company published an enlightening article written by Winchester addressing racial bias in the design of emerging technologies.
The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) has elected Erin Baker, a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department and an asociate dean in the College of Engineering, as one of the three newly elected members of the Engineering Research Council (ERC) Executive Board.
Four College of Engineering graduate students, two from the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department and two from the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department, have been awarded prestigious fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). The MIE fellowship recipients are Bridget Benner and Jacob Davis, while the ChE recipients are Becca Huber and Stephanie Call.
Assistant Professor Govind Srimathveeravalli of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department has received a $603,550 grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) to study how to redeploy macrophages to effect sustained and robust anti-tumor response in patients with bladder cancer. The project’s co-principal investigator is Ashish Kulkarni of the Chemical Engineering Department.
Professor Jonathan Rothstein of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department is part of a multi-institutional research team that is developing a new collection system for COVID-19 testing that the researchers said “can overcome the bottleneck that currently hampered the testing for COVID-19 around the world.” The team, led by researchers at UCLA, has received $150,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation’s Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID). Rothstein explained that the essential principle of the new test is that it is “like a breathalyzer for COVID-19 people.”
The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department’s Supermileage Vehicle Team (SMV) has donated four cases of N95 protective masks to healthcare workers, a donation totaling 480 of the desperately needed masks. According to Robert Laford, the assistant director for Emergency Management and Business Continuity in Environmental Health and Safety and Emergency Management at UMass Amherst, the masks were shared among Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Baystate Hospital, and UMass Medical Center.
The College of Engineering has selected Professor Jonathan P. Rothstein of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department and Assistant Professor Jungwoo Lee of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department to receive the college’s outstanding faculty awards for 2020. As determined by a faculty review committee, Rothstein won the Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, while Lee earned the Barbara H. and Joseph I. Goldstein Outstanding Junior Faculty Award.