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On April 14, Dr. Dev Gupta '77 Ph.D., an adjunct professor in the University of Massachusetts Amherst Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, received an Alumni Association 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award, as presented at the Massachusetts State House. Each year the Alumni Association honors alumni, faculty, and friends who have built on their UMass Amherst experience to attain distinguished achievements in the public, business, or service realms. The 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards were presented in the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House.

A new paper co-authored by Chemical Engineering Department faculty members David Ford and Dimitrios Maroudas and their jointly advised doctoral student, Ray M. Sehgal, among others, was chosen as a research highlight on the website of the Journal of Chemical Physics. "The Journal of Chemical Physics would like to congratulate you on the success of your manuscript, entitled 'Fokker-Planck Analysis of Separation Dependent Potentials and Diffusion Coefficients in Simulated Microscopy Experiments,' as having been chosen as a research highlight featured on the journal website home page," the journal wrote.

Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has grown very fast during these first eight years. About 40 percent of the veterans returning from the war chose engineering courses. The entering class in the School of Engineering in September of 1947 was 120. In September of 1954, the total number of engineers enrolled was 728.

By Arthur J. Snider
Daily News Science Writer

When the first space ship lands on the moon, will it come to a jarring halt on a solid foundation – or will it sink into a sea of dust?

Until recent years, it was generally accepted that the large flat areas of the moon were covered with hardened lava spewed up by volcanoes or transferred by the great heat of meteorite bombardments.

This is no longer agreed upon. There are some scientists who warn that moon dust may run many feet deep.

By Helen M. Wise

Using a process called microwave remote sensing, two researchers in the UMass Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering are working hard to make forecasting the weather easier.

Their technique could also be used to understand other fast-changing natural phenomena, such as ocean currents and sea-ice, a goal usually frustrated by the very dynamics of the complex meteorological processes involved.

The engineering quadrangle was filled with sunshine and well-wishers on April 27th, 1991, for the dedication of the college’s new research facility, the Knowles Engineering Building. Speeches and ceremonies praising the facility and the man its name honors, alumnus Andrew C. Knowles III, were given graciously on the steps of the brick building.

Knowles praised the accomplishments of the university and college and told the audience that the dedication was not a time to look back at the past, but a time to look ahead.

Two engineering students led the UMass men's swimming team to its fourth-straight Atlantic-10 Championship on February 20 at the Flickinger Aquatics Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

 

On Saturday, February 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., more than 30 Girl Scouts from Western and Central Massachusetts gathered at the Engineering Student Center in Marcus Hall on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus to investigate engineering as a possible career move. The event is known as "Girl Scouts Exploration Day: Engaging, Educating, and Embracing the Creative Engineer.”

Chemical Engineering graduate student Tejinder Singh has been selected as one of 22 finalists out of hundreds of nominees for a Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Award, to be presented during the spring MRS meeting this April in San Francisco. Being a finalist means he will win either a Silver or Gold Award. Singh works in the research group of Chemical Engineering Professor Dimitrios Maroudas.

Professor Joseph Goldstein, the distinguished professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and former dean of the College of Engineering, has been named a Fellow in the Microscopy Society of America (MSA).

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