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Xiaomeng Liu, a doctoral candidate in the research lab of Assistant Professor Jun Yao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, has received a prestigious, two-year, $61,000 Link Foundation Energy Fellowship to support his innovative research on the Yao Research Group’s pioneering “Air Generator” (or Air-Gen), which constantly harvests electricity “out of thin air” from the atmosphere.

Writing in Forbes, a leading international expert in weather and climate referenced a groundbreaking study published by the Electricity Growth and Use in Developing Economies (e-GUIDE) Initiative as led by Assistant Professor Jay Taneja of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department. “A new analysis by scientists reveals that minority populations were greater than four times as likely to suffer from an energy blackout than predominantly white areas,” wrote Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd.

Ganesh Pai Mangalore, a Ph.D. student in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, has been awarded a $32,500 Link Foundation Fellowship in Modeling, Simulation, and Training. Pai Mangalore, who is a member of the research group headed by Assistant Professor Anuj K. Pradhan, will be studying how to conceptualize, develop, and evaluate a training program to help drivers realize the finer points of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), whose safety benefits are largely negated when utilized by uninformed users.

Michael Knodler Jr., a professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department and director of the University of Massachusetts Transportation Center, is the winner of a UMass 2021 ADVANCE Faculty Peer Mentor Award. This annual award recognizes the critically important work faculty members perform in mentoring and supporting the professional development and success of their colleagues.