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A paper co-authored by Associate Professor Do-Hoon Kwon of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has been selected by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Antennas and Propagation Society to receive the inaugural 2011 IEEE Antennas and Propagation Edward E. Altshuler Prize Paper Award. Dr. Kwon was the lead author of the paper, entitled "Transformation Electromagnetics: An Overview of the Theory and Applications," published in the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, Vol. 52, No.1, pp. 24-46, February 2010.

Chemical Engineering major Dan Ganz has recently been awarded two scholarships, the Class of 1941 Humanitarian Award given by the Honors College, and the Mark Bradley and June Wispelway Scholarship given by the College of Engineering. “The two awards I have received recently, from the College of Engineering and the Commonwealth College, are a real honor,” Ganz said. “When entering UMass, I did not expect such positive opportunities to develop as a person and as a professional.”

George Huber, the Armstrong Professional Development Professor in the University of Massachusetts Amherst Chemical Engineering Department, has received $25,000 from the university’s Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Property (CVIP) office to help commercialize a “proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology” capable of producing renewable fuels and other chemicals from biomass, electricity, and water.

On April 7, four College of Engineering students donated their time, energy, and knowledge to the so-called “Carnival of Learning” by teaching about 55 youngsters from the John Duggan Middle School in Springfield the importance of education beyond high school. The college students, who belong to the campus chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers and Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, gave the kids a crash course in engineering by demonstrating how to extract DNA from strawberries and showing them how to build a better “mousetrap car,” solely powered by one standard-sized mousetrap.

Last fall the new Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department's Exploratorium officially went online in the ELab Building as a $150,000, 2500-square-foot home base for MIE students in the ELab building on campus. It features an upgraded Computer Lab, teleconferencing hardware and software, several reconfigurable spaces where varying numbers of students can meet, room for guest speakers to deliver their talks, and a place for all the MIE students to call home. It also serves as the department's spawning ground for student brainstorms.

Students from the College of Engineering have won four William F. Field Alumni Field Scholarships and two Senior Leadership Awards from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni Association. The awardees represent all four departments at the college. Our Field Scholars are: Daniel Abrams, civil engineering; Zachary Brentzel, chemical engineering; To Chong, computer engineering; and Carlo Domaoan, mechanical engineering. Caitlin Bogdan, mechanical engineering and classics, and Xiaoliang Yao, industrial engineering and operations management, won Senior Leadership Awards

Senior Sean Busch continued to rake in the accolades in March when, in the space of a few days, he shattered the UMass record in the pole vault and was tabbed as the Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete of the Year for the indoor track and field season. The award follows a 2011 A-10 Title in the pole vault, brought home by Busch on February 18th. The Stow, Mass., native had tied the old school record of 15-9 twice this season and finally broke it on March 5 by soaring over 16 feet and a fraction of an inch.

A team of seven students from our Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and our student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) won the Ethics Competition at the 2011 IEEE Region 1 Student Conference from March 25-27 at Boston University. The competition was sponsored by the IEEE Ethics and Member Conduct Committee and developed for use at IEEE student events to encourage the study and awareness of professional ethics by IEEE student and graduate student members.

A webcam system installed by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Regional Traveler Information Center (RTIC) at the new Look Park roundabout in Florence will allow motorists to check out the traffic there before they ever leave home. The webcam setup, which goes live on the RTIC MassTraveler website ( on April 6, will also make it possible for highway officials to monitor how well the roundabout is controlling traffic. Before the roundabout was installed at the corner of Route 9 and Bridge Road, traffic was often backed up in all directions.

On Thursday, March 31, the Engineering Career and Student Development Center hosted the first ever College of Engineering Networking Night from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Gunness Student Center. The evening offered current students the opportunity to meet with 22 UMass engineering alumni from 19 different companies and practice their professional networking skills in what was wryly compared to “a speed-dating type setup.”