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Assistant Professor Kara D. Peterman of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department has been awarded the distinguished Milek Fellowship from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC). The fellowship is a four-year, $200,000 award.

Qiangfei Xia, professor of electrical and computer engineering, was recently awarded anapproximately $1.1 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a camera with a very high dynamic range and no motion blur.


UMass Alumna Cristina Thomas, who earned her doctorate in Chemical Engineering (ChE) here in 1992, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS). She is currently the global R&D services director at 3M, based in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Sophomore Vishesh Gupta of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department is cofounder of Techrupt Innovations, a new company that provides technical support to early stage startups.


Professor Wayne Burleson of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department delivered the Distinguished Faculty Lecture, Embedded Security: An Ongoing Challenge for Healthcare, on March 23.


College of Engineering researchers Jinglei Ping, mechanical and industrial engineering, and Jun Yao, electrical and computer engineering, have received National Institutes of Health (NIH) Trailblazer R21 Awards to pursue their promising emerging research.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Engineering (COE) has received a $10 million gift from Jerome ’60 and Linda Paros aimed at accelerating its cutting-edge work in atmospheric research and hazard mitigation by enabling a new center of excellence. The gift is the largest ever received by the college.


Assistant Professor Yubing Sun of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and Assistant Professor ChangHui Pak of the of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology co-edited the newest special issue of the Journal of Molecular Biology.


Doctoral student Efthymia (Fay) Kostopoulou of the CEE Department has been awarded a Mary Jane O’Meara Member Graduate Scholarship from WTS-Boston, the local Massachusetts chapter of what was originally called the international Women’s Transportation Seminar, focusing on promoting the advancement of women in the transportation industry.

The Energy Transition Institute “will be a powerful new force on one of the most important issues of our time: how to develop a clean energy future that leaves no one behind,” said U.S. Sen. Ed Markey during a celebration of ETI’s official opening.