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Klier and Bardin to Receive Awards for Outstanding Accomplishments at Convocation

John Klier

John Klier

Joseph Bardin

Joseph Bardin

At the 12th Annual UMass Amherst Faculty Convocation on Friday, September 30, Chemical Engineering Department Head John Klier and Professor Joseph Bardin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department will each receive one of the Awards for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity being presented to eight nationally acclaimed faculty members from across the campus. The convocation begins at 11:00 a.m. in Bowker Auditorium, Stockbridge Hall.

Professor Klier, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, recently joined the university from The Dow Chemical Co., where he served as global research and development director for the Performance Materials and Chemicals Segment. Last November he received an esteemed Industrial Research and Development Award at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers annual meeting. The award recognizes individuals or teams working in the industries served by chemical engineers for innovation that has resulted in the successful commercial development of new products and/or new processes for making useful products.

Dr. Klier’s awards and accomplishments at Dow are numerous, including 41 patents, 35 published papers, and the prestigious “Dow Distinguished Fellow” title, representing the highest scientific level within the corporation. At Dow Klier led a number of research and development programs involving interactive or responsive materials that have met significant commercial and technical success. That work has resulted in R&D 100 Awards for the top technologies BetamateTM 1630 structural adhesives (2014), TERAFORCETMproppant coating (2014), and EVOQUETMpre composite polymer (2013).

At UMass Amherst, Klier is developing a leading interdisciplinary research program devoted to understanding and controlling molecular architecture, association behavior, and properties of interactive and responsive polymers, colloids, and amphiphiles. Applications of his research interests are in the area of coatings, the release of active ingredients, and lightweight and functional materials.

Professor Klier earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his master’s and doctorate in chemical engineering from Purdue University.

Professor Bardin was the co-recipient this past spring of the Barbara H. and Joseph I. Goldstein Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, presented by the College of Engineering. Bardin has received three very prestigious grants in recent years: a $510,000 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program Award in 2015; a $400,000 National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2014; and a $295,000 Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Young Faculty Award in 2011.

ECE Department Head Christopher Hollot said that “Winning just one of these awards is cause for celebration. Winning two is rare. But receiving three is unprecedented – certainly for our department, and perhaps so in our college and campus.”

Hollot said that “Bardin is an electronic-device expert, an experimentalist, and an electronic circuits and systems design engineer who advances basic knowledge with an eye on impactful applications.”

Bardin came to UMass Amherst in 2011 and, with his team of students, has made fundamental contributions in understanding the performance limitations of transistors – and then conceiving and building world-class performing electronic systems. This research has enabled productive collaborations with: Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; the UMass Astronomy Department and the National Radio Astronomy’s Green Bank Telescope; ECE colleague Professor Qiangfei Xia in developing the world’s smallest (nanoscale) radiofrequency switch (reported in Nature Communications); and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab to increase deep-space communication performance by developing systems for detecting single photons from faint optical transmissions.

Bardin earned his B.S. in electrical engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, his M.S. at the University of California, Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology. (September 2016)