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March 5, 2018, Bioengineering senior Sadeq Taha, and Professor Tracie Ferreira took the local Cub Scout Den of Smith Mills Troop 74 on a tour of the Engineering Labs at UMass Dartmouth.  The cubs were working on their STEM Nova badge. They toured the Bioengineering labs, molecular engineering, tissue engineering, medical device and 3D printing labs. They also were wowed in the robotics lab, fluid thermodynamics and material testing labs. Thank-you Sadeq for your awesome tour and sharing your excitement and the wonders of engineering with the local youth! UMass Dartmouth welcomes any group to campus for a tour, feel free to contact if you would like to set up a tour with your group!

Prof. Ferreira in Lab

Prof. Ferreira in 3D Lab

Sadeq Lab 2


Dec. 18, 2015, 250K funding to advance anti-brain injury technology developed by UMass Dartmouth engineering researchers, The Standard Times reports.


‌Nov. 9, 2015,  Prof. Chris Brigham and Chancellor Divina Grossman gave new UMass President Marty Meehan a tour of the Dartmouth campus.  The Stardar Times reports.

BMES 2015 Annual Meeting

October 9, 2015, a group of BNG students attended the BMES Annual Meeting at Tampa, FL.  "We're having a great time and learning so much from the speakers", said Evan campbell, the President of the BMES stduent chapter.

August 20, 2015, Jacqueline Tran, BNG Class 2015, attended a BaccMD program three years ago and is in class 2019 of UMass School of Medicine.  Read more.

 2015 Summer

July 14, 2015, a group of BNG students interned at Smith & Nephew in the summer.

Inaugural Class 

May 8, 2015, The BNG Inaugural Class took a class photo.  Congratulations!  We are proud of you!

BNG Scholarship

May 1, 2015, Twelve BNG students received Departmental Scholarship at the 2015 College of Engineering Scholarship and Awards Ceremony.  They are Robert Estrella, Zachary Kroll, Thi Le, Maraquia Atwood, Jonathan Barros, Austin Taylor, David Pilvelatis, Brenna Callahan, Talia D'Ambruoso, Matthew Phou, Rachael Ferreira, and Moriah Wiggins.  Three graduating Seniors received the BNG departmental awards.  They are Danielle McDowell, Nicholas Phillips and Antonio Cabral, pictured above from left to right with Prof. Ferreira who presented the awards and scholasrship.

Commonwealth Scholar

April 29, 2015, Three BNG students graduate as Commonwealth Scholar.  They are Brian Danehey, Jackie Tran and Danielle McDowell (from left to right)

student group

April 30, 2015, Bioengineering students won most awards at the 3-minute Thesis Competition at UMass Dartmouth.

Undergraduate Student Group:
Shravani Kakarla - 1st place
Nicholas Phillips - 2nd Place
Johana Uribe - People's Choice

Graduate Student Group
Abdulrahman A Kehail - People's Choice


Faculty Recognition

‌April 24, 2015, Congratulations to Dr. Tracie Ferreira on her Walter Cass Faculty Recognition Award!

BNG Student GroupApril 23, 2015, BNG undergraduate and PhD students presented their capstone projects at the annual Sigma Xi Research Poster Expo.

March 20, 2015, Congratulations to Jackie Tran on being the first BNG student accepted to the UMass Medical School!

Feb. 26, 2015, Interest in bioengineering soars with cutting-edge UMass Dartmouth lab, The Standard Times reported.

Feb. 20, 2015, US Senator Elizabeth Warren visited the Bioengineering labs.  Read more here.

Oct. 30, 2014, Five Bioengineering students have won the UMD Office of Undergraduate Research Fall 2014 grants.  Congratulations!

  • Cole Belanger, Bioengineering, working under Prof. Christopher Brigham on "Microbial Biosynthesis Using Robust Carbon Sources"
  • Noah Franklin, Bioengineering, Working under Profs. Maolin Guo (Biochemistry) and Tracie Ferreira on "Examining the Efficacy of Fluorescent Sensors for the Bioimaging of Iron Ions and Reactive Oxygen Species in Adult Zebrafish"
  • Shravani Kakarla, Bioengineering, working under Prof. Christopher Brigham on "Bio-production of Ethanol via Co-culture of Ralstonia Eutropha and Saccharomyces Cerevisiae"
  • Rachel Le, Bioengineering, working under Prof. Tracie Ferreira on "Drug Delivery: Testing Efficiency of Synthetic Divergolide Precursor in Inhibiting Melanoma Cell Growth"
  • Nicholas Macedo, Bioengineering, working under Prof. Tracie Ferreira on "Silence is Golden: RNA Interference Techniques Serve as a Potential Melanoma Treatment Therapeutic"

Oct. 29, 2014, Prof. Calvert was interviewed on artificial muscles. Read here.

Sept. 22, 2014, The new Bioengineering lab suite had a ribbon-cutting ceremony joined by Avon CEO, Sheri McCoy.  Read more here.

Dec. 19, 2013, Prof. Ferreira is featured in the Youtube video: Transformative Knowledge, Transforming Lives.

Nov. 30, 2013, Congratulations to Prof. Ferreira on her award of the "Teacher of The Year 2013"!  Prof. Ferreira is also tenured and promoted to Associate Professor effective Spetember 2013.

Nov. 1, 2013, Golden Key International Honor Society acknowledges excellence in Academics, Leadership and Service. The Society has more than 400 chapters at colleges and universities around the world.  Students are selected from the top % ranking in their class as well as their dedication to service.

Two of our Bioengineering students were selected this year to be inducted into the Golden Key Honor Society on Nov 1, 2013.

Danielle McDowell is a junior in our Bioengineering program. She was one of the founders of our BMES student chapter and has served as Vice President for two years. She is an EMT that returned to school to pursue her dream of working in the exciting field of Biomedical Engineering.

Johana Uribe is also a junior in our Bioengineering program. She came from Colombia 5 years ago, her native language is Spanish. In addition to her courses she volunteers as a tutor at the UMass workers program which is a center that offers English classes for non native speakers and GED classes as well. She also works in the CEDC in New Bedford, which is a community center where we help people (most of them immigrants) in their daily life, translations, lawyers, etc.

Prof. Tracie Ferreira

April 26, 2013, Bioengineering student Eben Crowford won "the audience choice award" in the three-minute undergraduate project presentation contest, the Standard Times reports.

Feb. 1, 2013, "Students flock to new UMass Dartmouth bioengineering major", the Standard Times reports.  The Bioengineering major started to enroll undergraduate students in September 2011, and ...

Dec. 5, 2010, "UMD textile printing project may boost fortunes of local firms", the Standard Times reports.  This is part of a wider effort in the department to apply inkjet printing to the production of complex materials, including sensors, smart textiles, living tissues and ...