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A team of four seniors from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has conceived, designed, and is currently building a camera-toting drone aircraft that can hover above a mountain biker, surfer, climber, or any of the country’s 4.88-million action athletes and videotape the performance. Named “Otto: the Personal Cameraman,” the device will be mounted on a scale-model “quadcopter” and is the brainchild and senior design project of Andrew Sousa, Seth Kielbasa, Albion Lici, and Noah Portnoy, who also receive plenty of helpful input from faculty advisor Christopher Hollot. Go to...

T.J. Lakis Mountziaris, a professor in the Chemical Engineering Department, will be the Distinguished Seminar Speaker for the Chemical Engineering Department at Northeastern University in Boston on January 28. Mountziaris will be speaking on “Synthesis, Functionalization and Biological Sensing Applications of ZnSe Nanocrystals” at 312 Ell Hall on the Northeastern campus from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on January 28. Link to seminar announcement: http://www.che.neu.edu/sites/default/files/pdfs/che/...

According to an article on the UMass Research Next website, Dragoljub Beka Kosanovic, the director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (CEERE) in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, is one of the co-principal investigators for the new state-wide Energy Extension Initiative, funded by a $6-million grant from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. The initiative is designed to mobilize information on the latest clean energy technologies as...

Robert W. Hyers of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department is the co-investigator of the EML Thermolab, an experiment aboard the International Space Station that suspends liquid metals in a weightless environment while they cool. The Thermolab experiment seeks to improve models to help industrial casting and solidification techniques. Thermolab investigates the temperature and physical properties of industrial alloys in weightlessness in their...

Shelly Peyton of the Chemical Engineering Department was recently featured in a long article, written by Amanda Drane of Research Next, about several UMass researchers studying the biological mechanisms that impact the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. Research Next “is the campus's official window into the research, scholarship, and creative activity that distinguishes UMass Amherst as a top research university. Our story is told through the voices of the faculty, students and staff who, through their work, are creating a brighter future for us all.” Link to...

According to a UMass News Office press release and an article in the Springfield Republican, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell recently announced that the Northeast Climate Science Center (NECSC) at UMass Amherst is awarding nearly $690,000 to universities and other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges, and other cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change. Richard Palmer, head of the...

There has been extensive news coverage in the science press about a research team headed by Jae-Hwang Lee, mechanical and industrial engineering, which reports in Science magazine that it has carried out miniature ballistic tests by firing tiny silica spheres at sheets of graphene, a material that could be used to make new and improved bulletproof vests. The researchers reported that atom-thick layers of this material can be stronger than steel when it comes to absorbing impacts. Graphene consists of a sheet of single atoms arranged in a honeycomb structure. See...

A long feature story in the Daily Hampshire Gazette looks at David A. Reckhow, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at UMass Amherst, who, along with his colleagues has received a $4.1-million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to create a national center for research aimed at assisting small-sized drinking water systems. Governor Deval L. Patrick and a top state...

A holiday feature story (see feature here: Globe) and sidebar (see sidebar here: Globe) in The Boston Globe looked at the indoor navigation system to help the visually impaired designed by Aura Ganz of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Her...

During the fall semester, alumnus Daniel J. Riccio (’86, ME), the senior vice president of Hardware Engineering at Apple Inc. since August of 2012, spoke to approximately 120 invited students from various departments throughout the campus. The subject of Riccio’s talk was “From Amherst to Cupertino: My Leadership Journey With Apple Inc.” The event was moderated by College of Engineering Dean Tim Anderson and occurred in the packed Cape Cod Lounge of the Student Center on campus. After the talk, Riccio engaged his audience in a lively question and answer session.

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