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Reimagining the Possible

UMass Amherst engineers create solutions that better humanity and enhance social justice.

At the UMass Amherst College of Engineering, students are empowered to propel change and create a significant impact in the world. Through its world-class, top-ranked programming, the college creates a space for students and faculty to pursue cutting-edge innovations, dive into ground-breaking research, and foster an inclusive environment that invites the pursuit of a bold new path to a better future.


Researchers pose in the Wave Energy Lab

Professor Krish Sharman, Endowed Chair in Renewable Energy, and research team in the ocean renewable energy/wave lab. 

We are a visionary engineering community invested in tearing down the boundary of 'impossible' and replacing it with a landscape of infinite potential.

College of Engineering Dean Sanjay Raman

The College of Engineering "turn dreams into reality by reimagining what seems impossible to become the possible, a theme that deeply resonates with our community," says Dean Sanjay Raman.

From developing life-saving medical devices and designing the infrastructures of the future to advancing technologies for sustainable energy and revolutionizing quantum computing, our engineering students and faculty are globally aware, diverse, technically strong problem-solvers working to shape a new era in engineering.

Learn more about the ways UMass Amherst engineers conduct innovative research, as well as how their work contributes to solving complex societal challenges in the Commonwealth and the world.

UMass Engineering: Reimagining

UMass Amherst College of Nursing Faculty and Student

The UMass Engineering community tackles the world’s most pressing problems by collaborating across disciplines to deepen our global impact. The new Elaine Marieb Center for Nursing and Engineering Innovation serves to advance human health and wellness by training the next generation of nurses and engineers to be leaders at the frontiers of healthcare delivery.

Students in a lab look at an item being held up by tweezers

UMass engineers work to solve real-world problems for the benefit of human health and well-being. Sarah Perry and Shelly Peyton, both of chemical engineering, are co-principal investigators of a UMass research team that will spend the next three years developing a process that can deliver the quantity and quality of messenger RNA (mRNA) demanded by a new class of medicines.

Group photo of ELEVATE participants

Elevating Equity Values in the Transition of the Energy system (ELEVATE) is a PhD program within the Energy Transition Institute focused on community-engaged research to ensure the transformation of the electric grid is sustainable and benefits all members of society equitably. The program is supported through $6.3 million from the National Science Foundation. 

Group photo of IGEA Engineering Group outdoors with water in the background

This past summer, six undergraduate civil engineering students had the extraordinary opportunity to organize and manage their own research trip to the Arctic as part of UMass Amherst’s Integrating Geoscience & Engineering in the Arctic program.

Quantum researcher

A seed fund of $5 million aims to bolster an existing creative and collaborative partnership between the College of Engineering and  the College of Information and Computer Sciences with the mission of solidifying UMass Amherst’s position in the cutting-edge field of quantum information systems.

NEWS rStream group photo

rStream Recycling LLC, a company founded by two mechanical engineering graduate students, has been announced as one of 10 US-based early-stage companies selected to participate in VentureWell’s Propel workshop at the Cambridge Innovation Center. rStream originated as a student-led capstone project in 2020 and has continued working with mechanical engineering professor Jim Lagrant.