Three UMBC students receive Goldwater Scholarships, a national investment in future STEM leaders

“As a first generation college student, I feel extremely fortunate to be pursuing higher education, let alone a career in scientific research,” says Daniel Ocasio. “To me, earning the Goldwater Scholarship is recognition of all those who made it possible…” Continue reading Three UMBC students receive Goldwater Scholarships, a national investment in future STEM leaders

PBS documentary features neuroscientist Kafui Dzirasa’s new approach to treating bipolar disorder

Kafui Dzirasa ’01 is featured in a PBS documentary that offers a glimpse into the lives of people with bipolar disorder. He is developing an electrical device that would stabilize a person’s mood without the side effects caused by medications. Continue reading PBS documentary features neuroscientist Kafui Dzirasa’s new approach to treating bipolar disorder

UMBC’s 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellows share gratitude for research experience, mentorship

Through this program “the nation invests in those individuals who have shown great potential to…become the next generation of research leaders,” explains Janet Rutledge, vice provost and dean of the Graduate School at UMBC. Continue reading UMBC’s 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellows share gratitude for research experience, mentorship

Congressman Elijah Cummings discusses UMBC’s research leadership and commitment to Baltimore during campus visit

Faculty speak about UMBC’s well-rounded research portfolio and focus in on research strengths in physics, geosciences, space science, and bioengineering; students share career goals and experiences working with local communities. Continue reading Congressman Elijah Cummings discusses UMBC’s research leadership and commitment to Baltimore during campus visit

Urban Water Innovation Network connects UMBC students and faculty with research partners nationwide

The Baltimore Sun highlights UMBC as a university that offers students various research opportunities. UMBC undergraduate students are involved in research that impacts UWIN’s goal of creating solutions to help prepare communities to respond to water crises. Continue reading Urban Water Innovation Network connects UMBC students and faculty with research partners nationwide

Neuroscientist Kafui Dzirasa to receive Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

Kafui Dzirasa ’01 is named a recipient of the highest honor the U.S. government awards to science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their research careers. He is working to develop a “pacemaker” for the brain. Continue reading Neuroscientist Kafui Dzirasa to receive Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

Lee Blaney’s sustainability-focused engineering research examines the potential impact and value of waste streams

The National Science Foundation has recognized Lee Blaney, assistant professor of chemical, biochemical, and environmental engineering (CBEE), as a tremendously promising researcher in concurrently funding three projects that work to reimagine waste streams as important resources and investigate threats from … Continue reading Lee Blaney’s sustainability-focused engineering research examines the potential impact and value of waste streams

UMBC researchers develop affordable incubator for vulnerable newborns in low-resource areas

In low- and middle-income countries, gaps in healthcare infrastructure and high costs for medical supplies and services can mean high numbers of babies dying in their first week of life. Often, these deaths are due to “extremely preventable causes,” says … Continue reading UMBC researchers develop affordable incubator for vulnerable newborns in low-resource areas

UMBC students explain what environmental engineers do in video for international competition

UMBC environmental engineering students have created a YouTube video to help middle and high school students and the broader public understand the kinds of work environmental engineers do and the impacts their work has on the world. They developed the … Continue reading UMBC students explain what environmental engineers do in video for international competition

Inaugural Inventors’ Luncheon honors UMBC faculty innovators across disciplines

UMBC’s inaugural Innovators Luncheon, held November 30, 2015, celebrated faculty innovators from across the university who are forging new paths in their fields. Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, Office of Technology Development (OTD), Office of … Continue reading Inaugural Inventors’ Luncheon honors UMBC faculty innovators across disciplines

Lee Blaney explains how technology can transform pollutants in chicken manure into a valuable product

While manure is often used as fertilizer for crops, regulations designed to protect the environment do not allow farmers to use untreated manure on fields that already saturated with elements like phosphorus. Lee Blaney, assistant professor in the department of … Continue reading Lee Blaney explains how technology can transform pollutants in chicken manure into a valuable product

Govind Rao discusses portable bioreactors developed to save lives on battlefields

Soldiers on the battlefield and first-responders in conflict zones will soon be able to save lives by using a portable, briefcase-sized tool that rapidly manufactures medicines. Govind Rao, professor of chemical and biochemical engineering and director of the Center for … Continue reading Govind Rao discusses portable bioreactors developed to save lives on battlefields

UMBC researchers collaborate to improve sustainability, with impacts in Maryland and across the nation

Local sustainability researchers and thought leaders took center stage on October 16, 2015, at a forum for urban sustainability in Baltimore, hosted by UMBC’s School of Public Policy. The forum was designed to examine how collaborations among government agencies, companies, … Continue reading UMBC researchers collaborate to improve sustainability, with impacts in Maryland and across the nation

Dean Julia Ross receives “Outstanding Chemical Engineer” honor

Purdue University has honored Dean Julia Ross of UMBC’s College of Engineering and IT as one of six Outstanding Chemical Engineers for 2015. Dean Ross is an alumna of Purdue and received her PhD in chemical engineering from Rice University in 1995. She has served as dean of COEIT since August 2014, and is also UMBC’s Constellation Professor of Information Technology and Engineering. Prior to her appointment as dean, Ross served as special assistant to the provost for inter-institutional research initiatives, 2012-14, and was instrumental in enhancing research collaborations between UMBC and the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Among her current projects, Dean … Continue reading Dean Julia Ross receives “Outstanding Chemical Engineer” honor

Govind Rao, CBEE, Describes Medicines on Demand Research to Bioprocess Online

When the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Battlefield Medicine site found that soldiers posted overseas can sometimes go months without biopharmaceuticals, they looked for a way to quickly produce pharmaceuticals on demand for wartime and disaster situations by seeking out research teams to address the problem. Govind Rao, chemical, biochemical, and environmental engineering, is the principal investigator of one such research team focused on creating medicines on demand. He spoke to Bioprocess Online, a leading source of biotherapeutic industry and technical information, about his cutting edge research. Rao was initially skeptical about the feasibility of the project, but reached … Continue reading Govind Rao, CBEE, Describes Medicines on Demand Research to Bioprocess Online

Upal Ghosh, CBEE, Receives AAEES Award

Upal Ghosh, chemical, biochemical and environmental engineering, received an award from the American Academy of Environmental Engineering and Sciences (AAEES) last week. The AAEES awards recognize individuals and organizations who have made contributions to environmental engineering, environmental science, and public health/environmental protection. Ghosh received an Honor Award in the category of University Research for his work with developing in-situ remediation technology using activated carbon amendment to sediment. CBEE graduate students Hilda Fadaei Khoei and Eli Patmont were also recognized for their contributions to the project. Ghosh has used the technology, named SediMite in his work with the Delaware Department of … Continue reading Upal Ghosh, CBEE, Receives AAEES Award

Govind Rao, CAST, Receives Grant from the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation

Govind Rao, professor of chemical, biochemical, and environmental engineering and director of the Center for Advanced Sensor Technology (CAST), received a $50,000 grant from the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation to automate and miniaturize a non-invasive respiration monitor for premature newborns. The National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation is funded by the Food and Drug Administration and led by the Children’s National Health System’s Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation and the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering. Rao presented the non-invasive respiration monitor at an event hosted by the University of Maryland, … Continue reading Govind Rao, CAST, Receives Grant from the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation

Upal Ghosh, CBEE, Named Editor for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

Upal Ghosh, chemical, biochemical, and environmental engineering, has been named as an editor for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry is a journal from the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, which takes a multidisciplinary approach to analyzing and solving environmental problems. Ghosh will be one of several editors and will focus on papers relating to environmental remediation and pollutant bioavailability. Continue reading Upal Ghosh, CBEE, Named Editor for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry

UMBC Partners With Newcastle University in Urban Water Quality Study

Upal Ghosh, professor in chemical and biochemical engineering, has partnered with Newcastle University in the project: Development of Sustainable Technologies to Investigate, Restore and Protect the Urban Water Environment. Newcastle University, University of Maryland Baltimore County (US), Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil), Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (India) and CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute Nagpur (India) The grant instituted through Newcastle University will support student and faculty research exchanges among the partnering institutions. The project will examine urban water quality and was summarized by the researchers: Urban water quality is under enormous pressure around the world because of increasing population … Continue reading UMBC Partners With Newcastle University in Urban Water Quality Study

Doug Frey, CBEE, Chosen As Yale’s Horvath Memorial Lecturer

Doug Frey, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, will be this year’s Horvath Memorial Lecturer at Yale University. The prestigious Csaba Horvath lecture series is in memory of Professor Csaba Horvath, who is responsible for developing High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), without which modern chemistry and biotechnology would be difficult, if not impossible. The lecture is sponsored by Yale’s School of Engineering and Applied Science and The Goizueta Foundation. Dr. Frey will speak on new methods and applications for the chromatography of biological macromolecules at Yale on April 16. Continue reading Doug Frey, CBEE, Chosen As Yale’s Horvath Memorial Lecturer

Govind Rao, CAST, on Protein Expression in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News

Govind Rao, a professor of chemical, biochemical, and environmental engineering as well as the director for the Center for Advanced Sensor Technology (CAST) was recently quoted in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News. “Advances in DNA biology, particularly those of the past three decades, catalyzed the emergence and expansion of experimental approaches to manipulate gene expression. Subsequently, these advances impacted protein science, a field that found itself increasingly positioned at the juncture of technology, science, and art,” wrote Richard Stein, in the article. “We are trying to make bioprocessing more intelligent and provide a greater degree of measurement at all stages,” … Continue reading Govind Rao, CAST, on Protein Expression in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News