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On September 25 and 26, the College of Engineering received a visit from the Sun, which was connected, reflected, and redirected courtesy of an environmental and conceptual artist named Craig Colorusso and his amazing Sun Boxes. Colorusso set up his 20 Sun Boxes in the College of Engineering quad, where they simultaneously collected the sun’s energy with their solar panels and emitted charming, evocative, mysterious music through their self-contained speakers. This solar music was reminiscent of New Age “space music,” except that it was somehow made more artful and meaningful by the...

The research on IT security of Christof Paar, adjunct professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was the object of a recent article by Mark Anderson in the September 3 edition of IEEE Spectrum. The article, titled “Vulnerable ‘Smart’ Devices Make an Internet of Insecure Things,” explains that there are good engineering, technological, and even cultural reasons why security of the so-called “Internet of Things” is a very hard problem. Among these many issues, says Paar, is that Internet security requires designers and engineers to...

Sophomore chemical engineering major Bryanna Dague is the exception which disproves the rule that all engineering majors must be grinds who do nothing but study. In fact, Bry literally recycled her cycling hobby into a professional internship at Sensata Technologies when she was only a freshman. During a long cycling trek around her Norton, Massachusetts, home, she began chatting about a possible internship with one of her workout partners, who happened to run the chemistry lab at Sensata. One thing led to another, and Bry earned more first-hand engineering experience by the end of her...

Senior civil engineering student Ryan Howell already knows what it’s like to venture into the world at large and solve real-world engineering problems. In January of 2014, Ryan put his engineering education to work in a big way as part of a seven-student team that traveled to Africa and created clean water, free from heavy metal contamination, for a rural community of several thousand people. Ryan and the other students all belong to the UMass Amherst chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), which sent them to Namawanga, Kenya, with their faculty advisor John Tobiason of the Civil and...

On Friday, September 26, the College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will hold its fifth annual Outstanding Alumni Awards Celebration during Homecoming Weekend. The celebration will include two events. The first will be a Leadership Panel featuring award winners and taking place in Campus Center Room 162-175 at 3:30 p.m. The second, the Outstanding Alumni Awards and Reception, will be held in the Marriott Room, 11th floor of the Campus Center, at 5:30 p.m. It will involve the presentation of College of Engineering Outstanding Senior and Junior Alumni Awards to...

Senior electrical engineering major Kelly Kennedy plays a key role in helping female students at the UMass Amherst College of Engineering stay the course at school, thrive in their educations, and graduate into gainful jobs. She is the president of the UMass Amherst chapter for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). If you are a female contemplating attending the college, you ought to be aware of what Kelly, SWE, and all its activities can do for you. By joining SWE, you are guaranteed an expanding network of college and professional contacts, a built-in female support system in a male-...

Chemical Engineering Professor Christos Dimitrakopoulos was part of a research team whose paper, entitled “Principle of direct van der Waals epitaxy of single-crystalline films on epitaxial graphene,” was published on September 11 in the high-impact journal Nature Communications (http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2014/140911/ncomms5836/full/ncomms5836.html). Nature Communications is a multidisciplinary journal that publishes high-quality research from all areas of the natural sciences and...

Graduate student Zana Cranmer of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department spent the summer collaborating with the Systems Analysis Lab (SAL) at Aalto University, just outside of Helsinki, Finland. She worked with Finnish researchers to develop a model to examine optimal planning approaches for long-term, large-scale, offshore wind development. This summer project will facilitate Cranmer’s ongoing research for MIE’s highly selective graduate program in Offshore Wind Energy Engineering, Environmental Science, and Policy, started with a $3.2-million grant...

During the UMass Amherst Convocation on Friday, September 12, Shelly Peyton of the Chemical Engineering Department will be presented with one of eight Awards for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity handed out to campus faculty members. Peyton, the Barry and Afsaneh Siadat Career Development Faculty Fellow, has received several impressive research grants since 2012, including a $2.4-million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to attack the deadly problem of breast-cancer metastasis in an entirely new way. Peyton’s very promising new approaches to...

The College of Engineering welcomes nine new faculty members, some of whom arrived last spring, some of whom are arriving for the fall semester, and the rest reporting in January of 2015. Boris Lau and Eric Gonzales are joining the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. Sarah Perry and Jungwoo Lee are part of the Chemical Engineering Department. Daniel Holcomb and Jianhua Yang are new members of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. And Maureen Lynch, Chaitra Gopalappa, and Jae-Hwang Lee are joining the faculty in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering...

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