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The 2021 U.S. News & World Report “Best Graduate School” engineering rankings are out, and UMass Amherst Engineering rose two slots to #56 overall and remains the #31 public in the nation and #1 public in New England. 

In a new College of Engineering record for one year, five of our researchers have obtained career-boosting grants from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. The accomplishment includes another record of four CAREER recipients from the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department.

According to an article posted by Virginia Tech University, UMass alumnus G. Don Taylor, vice provost for Learning Systems Innovation and Effectiveness and interim vice president for Research and Innovation at Virginia Tech, is being promoted to executive vice provost at that university, effective July 1. Taylor, who earned his Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research from the UMass Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department in 1990, also received the MIE Outstanding Senior Alumni Award in 2015.

Assistant Professor Xian Du of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department is the principal investigator (PI) on a five-year, $571,655 grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. Du’s research, as he explains, “enriches the knowledge base for soft lithography modeling, real-time sensing, deep learning, and design and control of the roll-to-roll print process and contributes to advancements in intelligent manufacturing” for such products as flexible electronics and wearables.