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According to the Construction Equipment Guide, Aikaterini Deliali, a Ph.D. student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, received the 2019 Future Industry Spotlight Award from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Foundation at its national convention in September. This award recognizes students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies at a U.S. college or university who have achieved an outstanding academic record and demonstrated extraordinary leadership skills within and outside of the academic environment.

Christopher Merola, a PhD student of Associate Professor Marinos Vouvakis, won the Best Student Paper Award at the 2019 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Phased Arrays Systems and Technology conference. His paper was entitled: “An RF beamforming Architecture for UWB continuous Time-Delay Control” by Merola and Vouvakis.

A team of researchers headed by Michael Zink (ECE) will develop a testbed for research and development of new cloud computing platforms thanks to a grant from the NSF. The collaborative project with Boston University and Northeastern University could reach a total of $5 million if fully funded after a review by the NSF in three years.  Read more...

Professor Sergio Breña (CEE) was presented with the Distinguished Educator Award by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) at its annual Committee Days and Technical Conference. The PCI gives the award to educators who have made significant long-term contributions to the educational mission of PCI, including teaching and research.

Assistant Professor Wen Chen (MIE) was the co-lead author of a trailblazing paper that describes innovative new research to use computational approaches for optimizing the design of 3D-printed parts. The paper was published in Science Advances and was written in collaboration with Lawrence Livermore National Lab.

Engineering majors Telvin Abariga, Payton Andrews, William Day, Leo Goldschmidt, Dalton Macres, Oliver Walz, and Kevin Zheng were among the 24 UMass undergraduates to participate in the 2019 Summer Core Internship Program in the Institute for Applied Life Sciences. An intensive 10-week paid internship, this program focuses on providing students studying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects with hands-on training in a real-world lab setting.

The homepage for Nature.com reads “Hello quantum world!  Google publishes landmark quantum supremacy claim” and features the announcement published 23 October in Nature titled “Quantum supremacy using a programmable superconducting processor” of which Associate Professor Joseph Bardin is a co-author.

Guangyu Xu has been appointed to the prestigious Dev and Linda Gupta Professorship in the College of Engineering for a five-year term. The purpose of the Gupta Professorship is to encourage risk-taking and entrepreneurial pursuits by supporting faculty who bring fresh ideas to the department of electrical and computer engineering.

This summer the College of Engineering collaborated with the Colleges of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), Information and Computer Science (lead), and Natural Sciences, along with the Massenberg Foundation, on a one-week program to engage and excite 16 students from high schools in Massachusetts and New Jersey about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Doctoral student Georgios Provelengios of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has won the Stamatis Vassiliadis Best Paper Award at the 2019 International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications (FPL). His paper was selected as the best paper out of 151 paper submissions. FPL is the top European conference for the reconfigurable computing research field and one of the top four conferences held annually in the field. The paper was titled "Characterizing Power Distribution Attacks in Multi-User FPGA Environments."

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