Awareness of College Excellence

What is ACE?

The ACE webpage is designed as a one-stop site to celebrate the excellent faculty, students, alumni, research, and education at the University of Massachusetts College of Engineering. By visiting this site, you can get a good overview of the quality, achievements, and productivity of the college community at all levels. By following the links on this page, you can also read the details that demonstrate the College of Engineering’s overall excellence.

Dean's Message: The ACE Campaign

One of the missions undertaken by Ted Djaferis as interim dean for three-and-a-half years was to articulate the UMass Amherst College of Engineering educational experience through what he called his "ACE Campaign," short for Awareness of College Excellence. This site serves as a portal to our broad accomplishments to build pride in the successes of our students, alumni, and faculty. It is important to acknowledge our tradition of excellence in engineering education, scholarship, and service.
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The Supermileage Vehicle (SMV) Team from the UMass Amherst Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department placed fourth and was among five teams to achieve 1,000 miles per gallon at the annual Society of Automotive Engineers Supermileage® Competition held on June 5 and 6 at Eaton’s Proving Grounds in Marshall, Michigan. The UMass SMV team’s vehicle achieved an eye-popping 1,142 miles per gallon, 132 mpg better than the team’s impressive fourth-place finish from last year. This is the 35th year of the competition, which challenges teams to build a one-person, fuel-efficient vehicle based on a one-cylinder, four-cycle engine.

UMass Amherst and College of Engineering Alumnus Barry Bahram Siadat was the recipient of a University of Massachusetts Distinguished Achievement Award at the university’s Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 9, in McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Dr. Siadat earned his M.S. in Polymer Science and Engineering in 1977 and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1979 from UMass Amherst. He is the co-founder, president and managing director of SK Capital Partners. His career as a scientist, business leader, and investor comprises senior leadership in both privately held and major public corporations. Dr. Siadat is author of over 25 scientific publications and over 20 patents.

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the College of Engineering was one of two teams from UMass Amherst to share the 2014 Armstrong Fund for Science Award. Assistant Professors Shelly Peyton and Jessica Schiffman of the Chemical Engineering Department and Stephen Nonnenmann of the Mechanical Engineering Department will receive $30,000 for their project, “Nanomechanics, biofilms and cystic fibrosis.” The purpose of the Armstrong Fund for Science Award is to encourage transformative research on campus that introduces new ways of thinking about pressing scientific or technical challenges.

Aura Ganz of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has been chosen as a 2014 “Spotlight Scholar” by the UMass Amherst Research Next website. Spotlight Scholars are UMass Amherst faculty members who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in research, scholarship, or creative activity. Professor Ganz was picked from an exceptional pool of nominees for this award, which honors and recognizes individual faculty members who exemplify the quality and commitment of UMass Amherst academics. Recognition comes with a $500 cash prize, commemorative poster, and publicity.