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Professor Lixin Gao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has won the "SIGMETRICS Test of Time Award," which recognizes an influential performance evaluation paper whose impact is still felt 10-12 years after its initial publication. In 2000, Gao collaborated with Jennifer Rexford to write the winning paper: "Stable Internet Routing without Global Coordination."

Pritish Narayanan, a graduate student working with Professor Andras Moritz in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, won the Outstanding Poster Award at the FENA/MSD Annual Review at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in May. Narayanan’s poster was entitled “Integration of Cross-wire NASIC Systems – Crosscutting Issues.” The research described in Narayanan’s award-winning poster is being carried out by himself, Professor Moritz, Pavan Panchapakeshan, Santosh Khasanvis, and Mostafizur Rahman.

On June 27 through June 29, UMass Amherst hosted the 2011 National Conference on Engineering & Ecohydrology for Fish Passage, or Fish Passage 2011. Some 300 people attended the conference from all over the country, and a few from Europe. The objective of the conference was to bring together fisheries experts, biologists, ecologists, engineers, and policy makers to examine the problems, challenges, and technological solutions for managing the wildlife species in the country’s rivers.

Briana Tomboulian, a graduate student whose advisor is Professor Robert Hyers in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, has been awarded a highly prestigious fellowship from NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist. The NASA 2011 Space Technology Research Fellowship is valued at as much as $66,000 per year for up to four years. The fellowship supports a stipend for the student and the student’s laboratory work, health insurance, tuition, fees, and an extended visit to a NASA center to work on the project.

During the week of June 13, two separate stories aired on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and on public TV station WGBY Channel 57 looking at the new radar system being developed to track tornadoes and other severe weather by the $43 million, 10-year-old Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA). Both the radio and TV interviews involved CASA’s Brenda Philips, the associate director, and Michael Zink, the deputy director for technical integration.

A feature story in the June 13 Boston Globe looks at the new radar system being developed to track tornadoes and other severe weather by the $43 million, 10-year-old Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA). CASA involves UMass Amherst and public universities in Colorado, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Virginia, and Delaware, along with the National Weather Service, Raytheon Co., ITT Corp. and other specialty manufacturers.

Professor Surita Bhatia of the Chemical Engineering Department was one of 24 women academics who attended a meeting on May 12 and 13 dealing with the issues of female academics in nanoscience fields. Some problems addressed at the meeting included the pressures placed on young assistant professors during the years when they are having children and trying to make tenure at the same time, the disadvantages women face by taking maternity leave, childcare issues, and the increasing underrepresentation of female undergrads in nanoscience fields.

Bekah Perlin, a first year student in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, is doing a summer internship to test and improve lanyards. No, not that kind of lanyards! They are not the ones that have become infamous in summer camps all over the world as woven in arts-and-crafts classes by bored campers, who wear them around their neck to hold whistles or keys. These are fall-protection lanyards, which are life-saving devices for personnel working on roofs, skyscrapers, and other high sites.

Dr. Sadiye Guler, who earned her doctorate from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in 1996 and went on to found the intuVision company in 2000, has kept close ties with her alma mater through her company. Guler’s company creates leading-edge intelligent video content analysis technology products for real-world applications, including the specific needs of intelligence, security, and law enforcement personnel. In honor of her accomplishments, Dr. Guler received a Massachusetts High Technology Council’s 2008 Women-to-Watch award for developing and commercializing a new technology that is shaping the future of the video industry.

Jack Keil Wolf, a revered engineer and computer theorist who taught at the College of Engineering from1973 to 1984, died on May 12 at his home in the La Jolla section of San Diego, according to an obituary on May 20 in the New York Times. He was 76. The Times article said that Wolf’s “mathematical reasoning about how best to transmit and store information helped shape the digital innards of computers and other devices that power modern society.”

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