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A team of researchers led by Professor Neil Forbes of the Chemical Engineering Department published an article in the March 3 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), one of the world's most-cited and comprehensive multidisciplinary scientific journals, publishing more than 3,800 research papers annually. The article, authored by Charles A. Swofford, Nele Van Dessel, and Forbes is titled “Quorum-sensing Salmonella selectively trigger protein expression within tumors.”

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The National Science Foundation has produced a lively and informative video about the revolutionary radar being developed and tested by the Engineering Center for the Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA), a national organization centered in our Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. CASA Co-director Brenda Philips lucidly explains the new radar system in the NSF video. When forecasters predict the chance of approaching severe weather, the CASA radar system swings into action, conducting “smart” scans focused on geographical areas of greatest concern and giving...

The College of Engineering has chosen Professor John Tobiason of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department as the 2015 Outstanding Senior Faculty Award winner and Assistant Professor Qiangfei Xia of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department as the recipient of the Barbara H. and Joseph I. Goldstein Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. The two awards will be presented at the College of Engineering Senior Recognition Celebration for the Class of 2015 on Saturday, May 9, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the UMass Amherst Recreation Center on campus.

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The influential National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program has awarded Assistant Professor Caitlyn Butler of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst $500,000 to pursue her pioneering research on special “Algal-Sludge Granules,” which can produce their own oxygen during wastewater treatment, thus cutting electricity consumption in half, while also cleansing wastewater.

Butler’s CAREER project, which will study the relationship between algae and bacteria in Algal-Sludge Granules,...

Five outstanding undergraduates from the College of Engineering have won awards from the Alumni Association at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Kelly Kennedy, a senior in Electrical Engineering, won a Senior Leadership Award, recognizing graduating seniors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the UMass Amherst community. In addition, juniors Myles Baidy of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Justin Calderara of Mechanical Engineering, Jose Lasalle of Electrical Engineering and Physics, and Eric Rice of Chemical Engineering received the William F. Field...

Professor Jonathan Rothstein of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award. As MIE Department Head Don Fisher wrote, “In my appraisal, he is by far and away one of the best teachers in the department year after year after year, as evidenced by students’ comments on his courses, students’ evaluation of his role in their professional lives, his ability to communicate complex, interdisciplinary material in science and engineering in ways that are clear and compelling, and his...

Five engineering students are featured in the collection of videos produced by UMass Amherst for its “I Am UMass Proud” campaign. The five engineering students are Civil and Environmental Engineering student Nathan Steel, Industrial Engineering major Alden Foelsche, Transportation Engineering graduate student Jonathan Freeman, pre-engineering major Peter White, and Computer Systems Engineering and Economics double-major Don Yang. See all the “I Am UMass Proud” videos: I am #UMassProud!

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The pioneering Minuteman Launch Team is the first group of UMass students to enter the NASA Student Launch competition, and the team members are extremely excited at the prospect of launching a high-powered rocket, scheduled for takeoff in April of 2015 at the Marshall Spaceflight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. You can help launch our College of Engineering team on its way to Alabama by donating used two-liter soda bottles for a college outreach event starting March 23. Please drop off bottles in Marston 126 anytime between now and March 23. Note that your bottles will actually be...

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has chosen UMass Amherst as one of 12 colleges and universities to compete in the 2016 Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition. The interdisciplinary UMass team hails from the departments of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE), Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning, as well as the Isenberg School of Management. A UMass Amherst team finished third in the inaugural DOE wind competition in 2014. Link to...

Dean Tim Anderson has announced that Kathy Rubin, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Administration, will be retiring at the end of the spring semester after 32 years of invaluable service to the College of Engineering.

As Dean Anderson said, “I know you all join me in wishing Kathy the best in retirement and thanking her for the many contributions she has made to the college.”

Dean Anderson also said that he plans for an immediate on-campus search to replace her position as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Administration. This critical position works...

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