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A so-called breathalyzer-like test for COVID-19 detection is receiving plenty of support from the federal government to help curtail the pandemic impacting millions of people worldwide. Professor Jonathan P. Rothstein of the UMass Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department is part of an interdisciplinary team of eight researchers from UCLA, UMass Amherst, and Northeastern University (NEU) that recently received a $200,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support work aimed at commercializing the team’s groundbreaking collection and detection device for COVID-19 and other viruses.

Erin Baker – a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, the associate dean for the College of Engineering, the director of the UMass Wind Energy Fellows, and the faculty director of the Energy Transition Initiative – is one of five researchers from UMass Amherst who, as a team, have been selected to receive a one-year, $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) “10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments” program.

Government funding and support for clean energy technology give startup companies in that field an “innovation advantage,” according to a new paper and a policy brief published by lead author Anna Goldstein, a senior research fellow in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and director of the UMass Energy Transition Initiative.

 

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.

Matthew Lackner, a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and associate director of the UMass Wind Energy Center, is the principal investigator for a new program at UMass Amherst that was awarded two grants totaling $6.3 million from the National Science Foundation to ensure that transformation of the electric grid is sustainable and benefits all members of society equitably.

Assistant Professor Yanfei Xu of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department has been selected to serve as one of the UMass Amherst ADVANCE Faculty Fellows for 2020-2021. Xu and other ADVANCE Faculty Fellows will focus on Inclusion and Equity Amid COVID-19.

Principal Investigator Frank Sup and Co-Principal Investigator Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have been awarded a three-year, $749,043 grant (Award number: 2024409) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) National Robotics Initiative to study a pioneering “Underwater Robot Gait Training System.”

Professor Sundar Krishnamurty – the head of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, director of the Center for e-Design, and associate director of the Center for Personalized Health Monitoring – has been named the second Ronnie & Eugene Isenberg Distinguished Professor in Engineering. The Isenberg professorship was created in 2003 at UMass Amherst to enhance interdisciplinary teaching and research among the fields of management, engineering, and science.

College of Engineering Dean Sanjay Raman has announced that faculty members Joseph BardinSong GaoCarlton L. Ho, P.E.Matthew A. LacknerJenna MarquardYahya Modarres-SadeghiHossein Pishro-NikAshwin Ramasubramaniam, and Michael Zink have all been promoted to Full Professor.

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.

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