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Michael Zink of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has come up with a brilliant solution for a very expensive problem: The various applications for networks of electronic sensing devices such as radars or cameras cannot be shared. For example, radar networks are applied for either weather forecasting or tracking aircraft. Camera systems might be applied for border security or Coast Guard life-saving activities.

Currently each application for every system requires its own, often expensive, sensing infrastructure to allow the...

Matthew Lackner of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department was recently featured on Research Next, the web magazine about research, scholarship, and creativity at UMass Amherst. As the Research Next article noted, “The UMass Wind Energy Center, a leading wind energy research institution since 1972, is what drew Lackner to UMass Amherst a decade ago—it was one of the few institutions offering programs focused solely on wind energy. Now, as a member of the center and an executive faculty advisor for the...

Aura Ganz of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has been selected to receive the 2014 Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, and Shelly Peyton of the Chemical Engineering Department will receive the 2014 Barbara H. and Joseph I. Goldstein Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. “Their excellent contributions to scholarship and the profession bring distinction to our college,” said Dean Tim Anderson while announcing the annual awards. “Aura and Shelly, along with the CoE Outstanding Teaching Award winner Rama Janaswamy, will be recognized during the CoE Senior Recognition Celebration...

Dean Tim Anderson is pleased to announce the appointment of three faculty members and one administrator as the new associate deans for the College of Engineering. The new appointments are: Professor John Collura, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, as the Associate Dean for Research and Innovation; Professor David Ford, Chemical Engineering Department, as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Professor Tilman Wolf, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, as the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Operations; and Kathleen Rubin, the current Assistant Dean, as the...

Alumnus Bob Cramer, a CEO coach and advisor, board member, and private investor with 29 years experience in high-growth, venture-backed businesses, gave an informal talk in M5 (Marcus Hall, room 5) on Tuesday, April 15, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mr. Cramer is a 1980 graduate of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. His topic was “Lessons Learned from 30 Years of Tech Start-up Companies.” Among other companies, Cramer has served as CEO of: LiveVault, one of the first SaaS businesses targeting the SMB market (acquired by IRM in 2005); FirstSense, one of the first application...

Dr. David Reckhow will be participated in a workshop entitled, "Developing Modeling Capability to Simulate Water Supply Dissolved Organic Carbon and Disinfection By-product Levels". This workshop was sponsored by the New York Department of Environmental Protection and its focus is on NYC's water supply reservoirs. (April 2014)

An engineer’s engineer, Bill Swanson almost took a different path in pursuing his American Dream more than four decades ago. But then his aptitude for tinkering got the best of him. “As a young man, I originally wanted to become a pro golfer. But I also liked taking things apart, putting them back together, making them work better,” he told a rapt audience of 14 engineering students from UMass Amherst on February 20. “That’s how I drifted into engineering.” That’s also how he signed on with the Raytheon Company in 1972 after graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in...

On Thursday, April 10, the Engineering Career and Student Development Center held its Fourth Annual College of Engineering Networking Night from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Gunness Student Center in Marcus Hall. “Based on national surveys,” says Cheryl Brooks, the director of the career center, “it is clear that networking is the best way to find a job or internship!” Finding a job or internship was especially effective on Networking Night, when at least 28 College of Engineering alumni from 25 key engineering firms were on hand to offer career advice and help students build their own...

Evan Gaertner, a graduate student in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, has been selected from a pool of several highly qualified applicants to receive the 2014-15 Edwin V. Sisson Doctoral Fellowship, starting this coming September (2014). Sisson is a 1968 alumnus from the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, and his fellowship fund is geared toward first-year doctoral candidates from any of the four departments in the College of Engineering who do research in sustainable energy or other environmental subjects, the main areas of the donor’s...

The Engineers Without Borders (EWB)-USA UMass Amherst student chapter needs your support! And you can give it quite painlessly during a festive night of eating, drinking, socializing, and auctioning, dubbed “Kenya Night.” On Saturday, April 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., the EWB-USA UMass Amherst student chapter will hold its seventh annual fund-raising social and auction at the “Duda Barn” on the property of Gillian Haven and Jim Duda, 18 Harkness Road in Pelham. The gala evening will feature appetizers, a cash bar, presentations, and silent and live auctions offering more than 100...

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