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Alumna Karen St. Germain, who earned her Ph.D. in 1993 from the UMass Electrical and Computer Engineering Department while doing research in The Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory (MIRSL), has been named the new Earth Science Division director at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
 

Professor Wayne Burleson of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department coauthored an pioneering new report, titled Grand Challenges for Embedded Security Research in a Connected World, resulting from a forward-looking workshop on Leadership in Embedded Security, as sponsored by the Computing Community Consortium (CCC).

Before the COVID-19 lockdown began, five members of the UMass Amherst Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Student Chapter attended the SHPE 2020 Region 4 Leadership Development Conference (RLDC) in Newark, New Jersey, and accepted the prestigious Blue Chip Chapter Award. The award is a significant accomplishment that reflects the SHPE students’ ability to organize, coordinate, and unify their organization to accomplish their chapter goals.

Dr. Colin J. Gleason (Principal Investigator) of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and Dr. Jay Taneja of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have received a four-year, $779,966 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The UMass Amherst Alumni Association has announced the 2020 William F. Field Alumni Scholars and the Senior Leadership Award recipients.

 

Dr. Chul Park of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and Assistant Dean for Diversity Paula Rees, Ph.D., are among four faculty members who have been awarded Public Service Endowment Grants from a special campus fund designed to boost outreach, extend the campus resources into the surrounding community, and enhance the public service mission of the university.

A team at UMass Amherst reports developing a bioelectronic-ammonia-gas sensor that is among the most sensitive ever made. The sensor, created by Biomedical Engineering Department doctoral student Alexander Smith (first author) with his advisor Jun Yao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Derek Lovely of the Microbiology Department, uses electric-charge-conducting protein nanowires derived from the bacterium Geobacter to provide biomaterials for electrical devices.

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) has elected Erin Baker, a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department and an asociate dean in the College of Engineering, as one of the three newly elected members of the Engineering Research Council (ERC) Executive Board.

A team of academic and industry experts, including The Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) in the College of Engineering, is collaborating with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on a project aimed at controlling low-flying manned and unmanned aircraft over cities in the U.S. in the next decade.

Jun Yao, an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and an adjunct professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department, is the principal investigator for the interdisciplinary team of researchers who received the 2020 Armstrong Fund for Science Award from UMass Amherst.

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