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Jinglei Ping, an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department (MIE) in the College of Engineering as well as in the Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS), has been awarded a prestigious early career award from the Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) in the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to study “Multiscale Electrical Mapping of Biosystems.” Ping is one of 40 U.S. scientists and engineers chosen to receive the YIP grants for 2020.

Nearly 300 students from 26 regional schools in grades nine to 12 attended Women in Engineering and Computing Career Day on October 28. In addition, organizers expected industry professionals from eight corporations to attend along with 35 to 40 teachers and counselors. “Both engineering and computing are degrees that can really change the world, so we are really trying to provide [the young women] with role models that they can see themselves in and see themselves being that person in a few years,” said Paula Rees, the assistant dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. See WWLP video and News Office release.

Sophomore Jaydeep Radadiya of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department was the recipient of the 2019 Undergraduate Excellence Award presented by the Safety Research Using Simulation (SAFER-SIM) Tier 1 University Transportation Center. The award was based "upon accomplishments in three areas: technical merit and research capability, academic performance, and leadership." 

According to the Construction Equipment Guide, Aikaterini Deliali, a Ph.D. student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, received the 2019 Future Industry Spotlight Award from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Foundation at its national convention in September. This award recognizes students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies at a U.S. college or university who have achieved an outstanding academic record and demonstrated extraordinary leadership skills within and outside of the academic environment.

Christopher Merola, a PhD student of Associate Professor Marinos Vouvakis, won the Best Student Paper Award at the 2019 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Phased Arrays Systems and Technology conference. His paper was entitled: “An RF beamforming Architecture for UWB continuous Time-Delay Control” by Merola and Vouvakis.

A team of researchers headed by Michael Zink (ECE) will develop a testbed for research and development of new cloud computing platforms thanks to a grant from the NSF. The collaborative project with Boston University and Northeastern University could reach a total of $5 million if fully funded after a review by the NSF in three years.  Read more...

Professor Sergio Breña (CEE) was presented with the Distinguished Educator Award by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) at its annual Committee Days and Technical Conference. The PCI gives the award to educators who have made significant long-term contributions to the educational mission of PCI, including teaching and research.

Assistant Professor Wen Chen (MIE) was the co-lead author of a trailblazing paper that describes innovative new research to use computational approaches for optimizing the design of 3D-printed parts. The paper was published in Science Advances and was written in collaboration with Lawrence Livermore National Lab.

Engineering majors Telvin Abariga, Payton Andrews, William Day, Leo Goldschmidt, Dalton Macres, Oliver Walz, and Kevin Zheng were among the 24 UMass undergraduates to participate in the 2019 Summer Core Internship Program in the Institute for Applied Life Sciences. An intensive 10-week paid internship, this program focuses on providing students studying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects with hands-on training in a real-world lab setting.

The homepage for reads “Hello quantum world!  Google publishes landmark quantum supremacy claim” and features the announcement published 23 October in Nature titled “Quantum supremacy using a programmable superconducting processor” of which Associate Professor Joseph Bardin is a co-author.