According to recent estimates, more than 50,000 bridges in the U.S. are characterized as “structurally deficient.” As part of the solution to such widespread bridge deterioration in New England, Professors Simos Gerasimidis and Sergio Breña of the UMass Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department have received $667,000 in funding from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the New England Transportation Consortium (NETC) for a series of research projects studying bridges suffering from corrosion deterioration across the region.
Professor Sundar Krishnamurty – the head of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, director of the Center for e-Design, and associate director of the Center for Personalized Health Monitoring – has been named the second Ronnie & Eugene Isenberg Distinguished Professor in Engineering. The Isenberg professorship was created in 2003 at UMass Amherst to enhance interdisciplinary teaching and research among the fields of management, engineering, and science.
Jun Yao, an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and an adjunct professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department at UMass Amherst, is the principal investigator on a very significant, $1,474,272 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Yao’s project is developing ultra-low-power electronic components and systems for signal retrieval, processing, and storage with power consumption similar to biological systems in living organisms, which require much less power than currently available in electronics manufactured by humans.