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Researchers at the College of Engineering, led by principal investigator Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department (MIE), together with their collaborator at Northeastern University have received a $440,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct intensive research on controlling wind turbine blade instabilities.

The title of the project is “Active Control of Nonlinear Flow-Induced Instability of Wind Turbine Blades under Stochastic Perturbations,” and the co-principal investigators are Christopher Hollot, head of the...

On October 22, the College of Engineering’s Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Administration David McLaughlin was a featured speaker at a National Science Foundation (NSF) Capitol Hill event in Washington DC to celebrate 30 years of knowledge, innovation, and technology research created by the NSF Engineering Research Centers (ERC). McLaughlin is the former director of the $40-million NSF Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA), centered in our...

The UMass Amherst News Office reports that a team of engineers and computer scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a three-year, $486,524 grant from the National Science Foundation for a project to enhance privacy in smart buildings and homes. The project is under the direction of David Irwin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Prashant Shenoy of the College of Information and Computer Sciences.

As more smart grids and buildings are fitted with digital electric meters, Web-enabled appliances and lighting, programmable outlets...

The first phase of the UMass Amherst 2015–16 Innovation Challenge kicked off its 11th year of competition on October 28, with two teams from our College of Engineering capturing the first- and third-place prizes of $1,000 and $500 respectively.

At this first Innovation Challenge event of the semester, more than 50 campus entrepreneurs and innovators participated in the MinutePitch Competition. Thirty-six teams pitched their ideas to a panel of judges, and, after three rounds, three teams emerged victorious. Two of them were from the College of Engineering. The first-place prize...

On Monday, November 16, College of Engineering alumna Renee Harbers Liddell ’85 will be one of the three UMass graduates honored during the annual Salute to Service dinner at the Boston Harbor Hotel. The celebratory reception begins at 5:30 p.m., while the dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.

Liddell is the founder and CEO of the Harbers Family Foundation, where she works with the best filmmakers in the world to give visual voice to the most important ideas of our time, telling diverse stories that challenge our sensibilities and unite us in our humanity. Since achieving success as an...

Professor Rena Bizios, Ph.D., an undergraduate alumna from the Chemical Engineering Department, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Bizios is the Peter T. Flawn Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas, San Antonio. Visit faculty page

Election to the National Academy of Medicine is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement...

An interdisciplinary group of undergraduate students from various departments on campus is currently taking a comprehensive, two-semester course as part of the 2016 Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition. In order for the UMass students to compete in the national contest, the course will prepare them to develop a business plan for a novel wind turbine used in off-grid applications, and then it will train them to design, build, and test that turbine. During the spring of 2015, the DOE selected UMass Amherst as one of 12 colleges and universities nationwide to compete in the...

Joseph Bardin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received an $844,000 equipment grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP), which supports instruments necessary to carry out cutting-edge research relevant to the Navy’s concerns. See ONR DURIP website

Bardin’s ONR DURIP...

On Monday, October 26, more than 200 young women from 25 high schools in Massachusetts and the region - including Springfield, Chicopee, Greenfield, and Orange - will explore the fields of engineering and computing through hands-on activities. The event is the annual Women in Engineering and Computing Career Day Conference, and the aim of this program is to excite, inspire, and encourage young women to pursue engineering or computer science as an academic track and career path.

The conference will be held from 9:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium at UMass...

Hong Je Cho, a doctoral student on the research team of Professor Wei Fan (Fan Porous Materials Research Group) of the Chemical Engineering Department, won third place in the oral presentation award competition in the Fifth Annual Graduate Student Award Symposium at the American Chemical Society (ACS) fall meeting in Boston. This year seven finalists, chosen from more than 100 applicants pursuing Ph.D. degrees from research institutions nationwide, described their works at the symposium. Cho presented his work on the development of Lewis acid...

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