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Doctoral student Shirin Montazeri of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department won the first prize in the electronics area of the Applied Superconductivity Conference Best Student Paper Contest, held on September 5 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The title of her winning paper was “A 220 GHz Compact SIS Receiver Module Utilizing a Broadband High-Gain Ultra-Low-Power IF Amplifier.”

Professors J. Joshua Yang and Qiangfei Xia of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are leading an international team of researchers who are publishing an article in Nature Materials entitled “Memristors with diffusive dynamics as synaptic emulators for neuromorphic computing.” Nature Materials is a premier Nature Publishing Group journal with an impact factor as high as 38.89.

Dr. Paula Sturdevant Rees, director of both the UMass Water Resources Research Center and the Diversity Programs in the College of Engineering, will help to lead the planning process for a new UMass Unmanned Aerial System Research and Education Collaborative (UMass UASREC). Rees and her colleagues hope to establish the UASREC: to serve as an incubator to develop new basic and applied research through access to Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) technology; and to initiate an educational program to train the next generation of UAS research scientists and the civilian workforce in UAS piloting, sensor use, data processing, and analytics.