In academic year 2015-2016, there are 109 tenured and tenure-track faculty members in the College of Engineering, and many are top teachers and world-renowned researchers in their fields. Among these, we have international experts in sustainable biofuel, weather-tracking radar, wind energy, climate change, cyber security, nanotechnology, drinking water, cancer treatment, the study of distracted driving, and much more. The college now has six endowed professorships in the areas of electrical and computer engineering, entrepreneurship & innovation, measurement science, professional development, renewable energy, and materials science. Extramural research has reached $24.5 million in expenditures in a total budget of $48.4 million.
Our faculty operate several national research centers, including the $7.5-million Northeast Climate Science Center, funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the new $4.1-million UMass Amherst Water Innovation Network for Sustainable Small Systems. This latter center, funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will develop and test advanced, low-cost methods to reduce, control, and eliminate groups of water contaminants that present challenges to communities across the U.S. and worldwide.
With six of our faculty members receiving NSF CAREER awards in 2014/2015, 23 current faculty members from the college have now won this prestigious honor for young academics. Just to put the quality of our researchers in perspective, approximately half of our current faculty have received CAREER Awards and/or were chosen as Fellows of their professional organizations.