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During a recent beta test of the NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition, hosted by the School of Public Policy, Ph.D. student Alyssa Ryan of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department was on the four-person winning team tackling the crucial question of how to create sustainable cities. At the end of the day, a panel of expert judges selected the winning team, composed of Ryan (third from left in photo) and fellow UMass students James Hokonya, Allyson Brauns, and Justin Taylor. The team’s policies focused on reducing dependency on carbon-dioxide-emitting vehicles by investing in electric buses and creating alternatives such as more rail service, bike lanes, and pedestrian walkways, among other strategies.

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Recently retired Emeritus Professor Dr. Alan J. Lutenegger, P.E.F. ASCE of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department has established himself as a highly accomplished academic in the field of geotechnical engineering during his long and productive career. To begin with, he is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), a distinction awarded to just three percent of the 150,000 members. Among many other achievements, he has generated upwards of $11,300,000 in funding as a principal and co-principal investigator on approximately 44 grants, he holds 10 U.S. patents, and he has published an impressive 180 papers in academic journals.

Early in February at the Hack(H)er413 event, several College of Engineering students competed on two winning teams that were each awarded $150 in equity-free funding and spots in the Innovation Challenge: The Semifinal by the Berthiaume Center.