Professor Susan Roberts of the Chemical Engineering Department and Professor Elizabeth Vierling of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology have received a $150,000 grant from the University of Massachusetts President’s Science and Technology (S&T) Fund to support their collaborative project, entitled “Massachusetts BioFoundry; Center for Discovery & Synthesis of Bioactive and Industrial Molecules.” The S&T Fund is intended to support campus and multi-campus initiatives that strengthen the university’s research and development base, deepen our ties with Massachusetts industry and research institutions, leverage external resources, and contribute to economic growth in the Commonwealth. Roberts is also the associate dean of the Graduate School and director of the Institute for Cellular Engineering (ICE). Read related press release published in Business West.

Professors  Sergio F. Breña, principal investigator, and Scott A. Civjan, co-principal-investigator, of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department have received a $174,923 grant from New England Transportation Consortium. The 24-month project will focus on “Development of High Early-Strength Concrete for Accelerated Bridge Construction Closure Pour Connections.” The main objective of the research project is to develop and validate non-proprietary concrete mixtures that are capable of developing high early strength without detrimentally affecting their long-term durability. The concrete mixtures developed in this research are intended for use in closure pours in accelerated bridge construction projects in New England. 

As part of a news story for EE Times, Cheryl Brooks, director of career and student development at the College of Engineering, said more companies, both large and small, are recruiting our students. “We hosted more companies for recruiting and posted more jobs this year than last year,” says Brooks. “A wide range of companies recruited here this year, from large firms like ExxonMobil, Cisco, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon, and Google to smaller startup companies like HubSpot and Localytics.” The story reported that students graduating this year with engineering degrees are entering a strong job market. Engineering majors historically tend to have less trouble finding jobs in their chosen field than their counterparts with liberal arts degrees. But during the recent recession, engineering schools saw larger numbers of students choosing to wait it out and go to grad school.