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Professor Emeritus David Pozar of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has received the 2020 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) Field Award for Distinguished Achievement. Pozar was selected by the AP-S “for significant contributions to the electromagnetic analysis, development, and design of microstrip phased arrays and reflectarrays, and for educational leadership and service to the electromagnetics community.”

A new student-run UMass Robotics Team is competing in the NASA Lunabotics competition by building an “off-world mining robot” capable of digging through sand and gathering precious soil material similar to what a robot might do on the Moon or Mars.

On Thursday, October 1, the College of Engineering will stage its Fall 2020 Engineering Virtual Career Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Engineering students can connect with employers via one-on-one video chats and/or group drop-ins. UMass Amherst has invested in an innovative virtual career fair platform called Career Fair Plus, which will be utilized in the college’s computer-generated event on October 1.

Matthew Lackner, a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and associate director of the UMass Wind Energy Center, is the principal investigator for a new program at UMass Amherst that was awarded two grants totaling $6.3 million from the National Science Foundation to ensure that transformation of the electric grid is sustainable and benefits all members of society equitably.

Professor Sanjay Raja Arwade, who specializes in structural engineering and mechanics in the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department and is a member of the Wind Energy Center faculty, has been elected as a Fellow of the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers. EMI awards Fellow membership to individuals with a distinguished record of research, accomplishments, and service to EMI.

UMass ADVANCE has announced the 2020-2021 cohort of ADVANCE Faculty Fellows, and it includes five engineering faculty — one from each department.


Principal Investigator Frank Sup and Co-Principal Investigator Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have been awarded a three-year, $749,043 grant (Award number: 2024409) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) National Robotics Initiative to study a pioneering “Underwater Robot Gait Training System.”

Sanjay Arwade was an invited speaker for the formal launch of New England for Offshore Wind, a regional coalition of environmental organizations, educational institutions, justice and health organizations, and business alliances. UMass Amherst is one of 21 participating “campaign partners” in this new coalition, which engages in collective advocacy for offshore wind in New England.

In July, UMass Amherst launched a virtual Summer Leadership Academy for Diverse Students in Technology and Engineering. The academy was spearheaded by the Institute of Diversity Sciences (IDS) at UMass Amherst. During the six-week academy, 54 women and students of color, including seven from the College of Engineering, learned the “19 Levers of Success” they need as preparation for competing on the “non-level playing field” they will face when they begin their professional careers.

Dimitrios Maroudas, a professor in the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department and director of the College of Engineering (COE) Materials Engineering Program, has been elected as a 2020 Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The designation of Fellow is AIChE’s highest grade of membership and is achieved only through election by the AIChE Board of Directors upon recommendation of the AIChE Admissions Committee.