Electrical and computer engineering (ECE) graduate students Ali Kiaghadi and Morgan Baima were part of a team of UMass Amherst scientists who developed Tribexor, a fabric-based, triboelectric, joint-sensing system that can be integrated with loose-fitting clothing to sense a variety of joint movements such as flexion, extension, and velocity of joint movement. The UMass researchers introduced Tribexor in a paper presented at SenSys 2018, the 16th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems, held from November 4 to 7 in Shenzhen, China. The information about Tribexor was reported in an Inside UMass article: New Fabric-Based Sensor Overcomes Loose Clothing Obstacle.
On October 18 to 20, a group of students from the UMass Amherst chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) attended WE18 - The World's Largest Conference for Women Engineers in Minneapolis. The annual national SWE conference provides our students with opportunities for internships and fulltime employment with corporations that don’t directly recruit at UMass...
Professor Michael Henson of the Chemical Engineering Department has been selected as a 2018 Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). “It is with great pleasure and honor I welcome you to the select group of members of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers,” wrote Syamal Poddar, Ph.D., P.E, FAIChE, and the chair of the AIChE Fellows Council.
In mid-October, Professor Jonathan Rothstein of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department ran his annual STEM Outreach event at the Houston Children's Museum. “This is the fifth time we have run this event ahead of the Society of Rheology meeting,” said Rothstein. “It is a program that I developed for the Society of Rheology. We have averaged over 300 kids and 30 volunteers over the last five years.”
In early October Lindsey McGinnis of New England Public Radio reported on the pioneering research of Electrical and Computer Engineering doctoral student Chris Merola, who is trying to create much more efficient cell towers to service the sonic boom in cellular networks. “Americans' wireless data consumption has skyrocketed since 4G technology was introduced nearly a decade ago,” wrote McGinnis. “Smartphones have become essential for on-the-go work and entertainment, fueling the need for 5G. But how do you create a cellular network that accommodates everything from streaming services to self-driving cars?”
Think about this: the College of Engineering Study Abroad Program offers students the chance to enhance their education, meet colleagues from many foreign countries, make international connections, learn about foreign societies, visit natural and cultural wonders, broaden their minds, taste enticing new cuisines, become citizens of the world, and view life with a panoramic new vision. What could be better? But the key is to start planning right now!
A research team led by Qiangfei Xia of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has just published a paper in the prestigious journal Nature Nanotechnology about research into a promising building block for the next generation of nonvolatile random access memory and bio-inspired computing systems. The research team says that its working memristor crossbar arrays are “to the best of our knowledge, the first high-density electronic circuits with individually addressable components scaled down to two-nanometer dimension built with foundry-compatible fabrication technologies.”
Guangyu Xu of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is part of a team of scientists based at UMass Amherst that has been awarded a four-year, $953,300 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop miniature, implantable hardware, which can record complex brain activity in animals and analyze it in real time. See News Office release. The NSF funding is part of $16 million given to 18 cross-disciplinary projects around the country to conduct innovative research on neural and cognitive systems, thus attracting key coverage by the venerable Psychology Today.
In an article posted on October 16, the UMass News Office reports on the fifth department established by the College of Engineering, the Biomedical Engineering Department. Professor Tammy L. Haut Donahue, the founding department head, will lead the emerging program, which will offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The college will eventually hire 12 full-time, tenure-track faculty members for the department by the fall of 2022.
“Is there a difference between a rotary and a roundabout?” Boston Globe correspondent Morgan Hughes asked a very New-England-centric question in a recent edition of the Globe. “Transportation experts at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have the answer.” Yes, the UMass Transportation Center has launched a series of informational videos that explore a range of issues often questioned by the driving public. The series is made up of short, five- to 10-minute videos released monthly and hosted by staff from the center.