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Professor Jianhua (Joshua) Yang of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has been chosen as one of the speakers in the UMass Amherst Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series, which celebrates the value of academic excellence and recognizes the distinguished achievements of faculty. Those chosen for the series also receive the Chancellor's Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon faculty by the UMass campus. The proposed topic for Professor Yang’s talk is “Towards a Brain-like Computer.”

The College of Engineering welcomes three exciting new faculty members, beginning in the spring semester of 2020: Professor Nianqiang (Nick) Wu, who will serve as the Armstrong-Siadat Endowed Professor in the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department; Assistant Professor Cathal Kearney in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department; and Assistant Professor Meghan Huber in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department.

The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department has recently received approval for its new Graduate Certificate in Engineering Project Management and Leadership (PML) and is launching it in the spring semester of 2020 under the leadership of Dr. Ana Muriel and Dr. Woodrow W Winchester III. The PML certificate is designed to equip professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields with the necessary knowledge, skills, and competencies to manage and lead engineering and technology-based projects in a well-rounded way.

Dr. Eleni Christofa of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department has been awarded competitive funding by the Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program (GDFP), an academic exchange supported by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation to the Institute of International Education and administered in collaboration with the Fulbright Foundation). The GDFP funding is not a fixed amount and is dependent on many factors, as described below. See Christofa’s Full Curriculum Vitae.

Chemical Engineering (ChE) graduate student Ryan Carpenter has published an original paper in the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) prominent scientific journal Biomaterials Science & Engineering as one of its cover articles. In general, the research described by Carpenter in his ACS paper anticipates using a pioneering technique for developing new individualized medical diagnostics and novel therapeutic methods for cancer treatment.

Assistant Professor Shannon Roberts of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department has received the Stephanie Binder Young Professional Award, sponsored by the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society - Surface Transportation Technical Group (HFES-STTG). The award was established to honor the late Stephanie Binder’s memory and her impact on the field and the HFES-STTG, while also conferring an annual tribute to a young professional who demonstrates outstanding contribution to transportation human factors.

A paper published in the prestigious journal Nature in October and co-authored by Associate Professor Joseph Bardin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is ranked Number 12 in the annual Altmetric Top 100 highlights of research published in 2019. The list includes research papers that have generated outstanding international online attention and discussion. Altmetric tracks and analyzes the online activity associated with scholarly research.

Erin Baker, associate dean at the College of Engineering and a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, recently visited colleagues from the University of Ghana and University of Cape Town as part of a World University Network grant, which established the Sustainable Energy-Access Network for Africa. Baker made the visits with Nate Whitaker, a professor of mathematics at UMass Amherst, as part of a team effort to boost access to electricity systems Africa-wide.

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On December 10, the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department held the fall-semester poster competition for its senior capstone design course, and the three winning teams produced a trio of brilliant and practical inventions aimed at solving key engineering problems. The three winning teams conceived of projects to increase the dexterity achievable by prosthetic limbs, improve healing for surface wounds in the elderly, and redesign brakes for wheelchairs to improve their ease of use and mobility.

Professor Maciej J. Ciesielski, the associate head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been elected as a 2020 Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) with a citation that reads, “for contributions to logic synthesis and formal verification of arithmetic circuits.” The Fellow is the highest grade of membership in the IEEE and is afforded annually to less than 0.1 percent of the more than 423,000 voting members in over 160 countries. As ECE Department Head Christopher Hollet responded, “This is a great achievement of which we are very proud!”

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