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June 30, 2014

Arundhathi Venkatasubramaniam successfully defends Ph.D.

Congratulations to Arundhathi Venkatasubramaniam, who successfully defended her Ph.D. on June 27, 2014. Her research was performed in the Good Lab; the title of her dissertation wasEngineering tools to analyze Aβ's effects on cellular mechanisms linked to the neurodegeneration observed in Alzheimer's disease

June 23, 2014

Lee Blaney and Dalton Hughes interviewed for UMBC In the Loop

Dr. Lee Blaney and Class of 2014 student, Dalton Hughes, were recently interviewed by Dinah Winnick, Director of Communications at UMBC. The video was produced by Bill Shewbridge and the UMBC in the Loop program, and stemmed from work completed by the UMBC Engineers Without Borders chapter in Kenya. This work was partially funded by the UMBC BreakingGround initiative.

“In the Loop” is a series of half-hour programs highlighting the work of UMBC faculty in research and the arts. You can view the interview here:

June 13, 2014

Antonio Moreira Honored by Portuguese Government

The President of Portugal, on behalf of the Portuguese Government, has awarded CBEE Professor Antonio Moreira the National Order of Civil Merit of Public Education. This was timed to occur with the National Day of Portugal which was celebrated on June 10th.

The news is on the website for the President of Portugal:

The decoration will be presented at a ceremony and reception at the Embassy of Portugal in DC this fall.

Upal Ghosh Partners With Newcastle University in Urban Water Quality Study

CBEE professor Upal Ghosh 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, and will examine urban water quality.

Full story here

May 22, 2014

CBEE Undergrad Dalton Hughes featured in Baltimore Sun

CBEE Class of 2014 student Dalton Hughes, whose mentor is Dr. Jennie Leach, was recently featured in The Baltimore Sun. Read the entire article here: Five Baltimore Graduates, Five Journeys

Mr. Hughes is a Meyerhoff Scholar, Janice Antoine Lumpkin Scholar, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholar, and MARC U*STAR Scholar, as well as a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. He plans to continue his studies at Duke University, where he will pursue a M.D./Ph.D.

May 13, 2014

Jessica Lee Receives 2014 Undergraduate Award

Congratulations to Jessica Lee, a third year Chemical Engineering student, on receiving the 2014 Undergraduate Award from the American Chemical Society’s Division of Environmental Chemistry. Ms. Lee works in Dr. Lee Blaney’s laboratory and recently presented her research at the 247th ACS meeting in Dallas, TX.

CBEE Grad Students Win Design Competition

Congratulations to CBEE graduate students, Elvis Andino, Trevor Needham, Eli Patmont, and James Sanders, who won first place in the Chesapeake Water Environment Association (CWEA) Student Design Competition. The team of four entered the competition as part of Dr. Lee Blaney’s ENCE 612 course. On May 8th, the team presented their design to CWEA members at the Baltimore Public Works Museum. Their award includes a $1000 cash prize and a travel allowance to the national Water Environment Federation conference.


May 9, 2014

Dr. Julia Ross is new Dean of UMBC COEIT

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Julia Ross, Professor of Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering and former Department Chair, has just been named Dean of the UMBC College of Engineering and Information Technology. Official announcement at this link.

Congratulations Dr. Ross!

May 1, 2014

CEE alumnus Barbara Beckingham appointed to faculty position


Congratulations to Environmental Engineering PhD grad Barbara Beckingham ('11) on her appointment as Assistant Professor at College of Charleston. Dr. Beckingham recently finished her post-doctoral research position at University of Tübingen, Germany and is our first Ph.D. student from the environmental engineering program to go on to a faculty position.

April 28, 2014

CBEE undergrad Dalton Hughes among panelist at U.S. News STEM Solutions conference


CBEE undergrad Dalton Hughes was among the panelists at the U.S. News STEM Solutions conference on April 23, 2014 and spoke about his UMBC experiences in a discussion moderated by PBS Newshour co-anchor Judy Woodruff.

The panel addressed major issues in STEM education, including the challenge of retaining students as STEM majors, the need to increase the participation of underrepresented populations in STEM, and the importance of mentorship and a supportive peer community in student success.

Read UMBC Insights story here.

Watch video from the conference here.