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Dr. Sanjay Raja Arwade and Dr. Don J. DeGroot, Sc.D., P.E., both professors in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, have received a $317,732 grant from the National Science Foundation for a project on wind technology. They are developing models for loading placed on “multiline ring anchors” subjected to wind, waves, and other forces as part of offshore wind development.

Assistant Professor Jae-Hwang Lee of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department is the principal investigator for UMass Amherst on a three-year, $700,000 project, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), to develop pioneering high-performance materials required by many of the world’s most significant industries. Lee is collaborating on the NSF project with Rutgers University principal investigator Professor Jonathan Singer and co-principal investigator Assimina Pelegri.

Woodrow W Winchester III, a senior lecturer and director of engineering management in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, has registered a couple of notable achievements recently. First, he was invited to be a fellow in the second cohort of the National Science Foundation-funded Aspire Alliance’s Institutional Change Network IAspire Leadership Academy. Then, Fast Company published an enlightening article written by Winchester addressing racial bias in the design of emerging technologies.

Erin Baker – a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, an associate dean in the College of Engineering, and director of the Wind Energy Fellows – was recently the subject of a May 4 article in the newsletter of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN).

Dr. Colin J. Gleason of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department has won a $930,000 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to study changing glaciers, rivers, and human water management in Nepal. Gleason is doing the research in cooperation with CEE Professors Dr. Casey Brown and Dr. Konstantinos Andreadis of UMass Amherst and Geology Professor Leigh Stearns at the University of Kansas.

Assistant Professor Dr. Emily Kumpel of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department has received a two-year, $143,872 grant from the Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF) to compare the human, environmental, and economic impacts of various drinking-water treatment systems in smaller communities throughout the United States. 

Jacob Lauzier, an alumnus of the UMass Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, has been named to Business West’s list of Top 40 Professionals Under 40. Lauzier, aged 35, is the co-founder and chief technical officer of the MachineMetrics company, which he helped to develop as a successful startup company, beginning in 2014, and has grown to employ more than 50 people.

Alumna Karen St. Germain, who earned her Ph.D. in 1993 from the UMass Electrical and Computer Engineering Department while doing research in The Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory (MIRSL), has been named the new Earth Science Division director at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Professor Wayne Burleson of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department coauthored an pioneering new report, titled Grand Challenges for Embedded Security Research in a Connected World, resulting from a forward-looking workshop on Leadership in Embedded Security, as sponsored by the Computing Community Consortium (CCC).

Before the COVID-19 lockdown began, five members of the UMass Amherst Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Student Chapter attended the SHPE 2020 Region 4 Leadership Development Conference (RLDC) in Newark, New Jersey, and accepted the prestigious Blue Chip Chapter Award. The award is a significant accomplishment that reflects the SHPE students’ ability to organize, coordinate, and unify their organization to accomplish their chapter goals.