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Each year seniors from the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst present, display, and demonstrate some 24 clever and useful electronic inventions for the public. This year five teams of senior ECE majors won the nine prizes given out for the event. The Senior Design Day Faculty Awards were given, in order, to: braillebook , SHARC (Simulated Hand & Arm Remote Control), Sauron, and SigninGlove. Then the IEEE People’s Choice Awards went to Sauron, braillebook, BRO (Basketball Return Optimizer), SHARC, and SigninGlove....

Please join us in congratulating Professor Scott Civjan of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and Professor Wei Fan of the Chemical Engineering Department for being named the 2015-2016 College of Engineering Outstanding Teachers.

As an announcement by Dean Tim Anderson says, “Scott’s consistently excellent student evaluations, and the recognition by his colleagues of his longstanding dedication to teaching were cited by the selection committee. Wei was cited for highly effective teaching in some of the most challenging courses in his department and outstanding...

During the 2015-2016 academic year, the College of Engineering was fortunate to have six talented new faculty members join us from all four departments. Our new academics included John Klier, the head of the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department, Simos Gerasimidis and Kara Peterman of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, Juan Jiménez and Yubing Sun of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE)Department, and Guangu Xu of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department.

A member of the National Academy of Engineering, ChE Professor Klier joined...

In late April, the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department held its annual banquet to celebrate some of the department’s stars. Dr. Bernd Schliemann, the senior lecturer in the MIE department, was presented with the award for Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Professor, while Associate Professor Jenna Marquard received the award for Outstanding Industrial Engineering Professor.

A lecturer at the college since 2008, Schliemann has also served as the director of planning and workforce development in the Office of University Outreach and a professor and department chair...

As part of the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s fourth annual UMassGives campaign, the College of Engineering received the largest number of donors during one of the five “Power Hours” and thus received a $2,000 bonus from the UMass Amherst Foundation Board. During the entire 36-hour online fundraiser for the campus, the college also received the second largest number of gifts among all the designations at the university. UMassGives raised a record $162,182 from 2,138 donors....