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An article in the Taunton Gazette about teenage drivers being statistically more likely to be in car crashes than drivers from any other age group mentions the “Distractology 101” program, designed by the UMass Amherst College of Engineering in conjunction with the Arbella Insurance Foundation. In the past, Distractology 101 has been featured on the Today Show, the Boston Globe, and hundreds of other newspapers, TV shows, and websites. The Distractology 101 program brings a...

Recently the Engineering Research Center for the Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA Engineering Research Center) installed the fifth of eight planned weather radars in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas. This newest radar was installed in Johnson County, Texas. The new radar network, which offers higher resolution data and potentially earlier warning of severe weather, is being installed by a consortium of government agencies, universities, and industry partners that was initially funded by a 10-year, $40-...

According to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), Tilman Wolf, the Associate Dean of Engineering (Graduate Studies and Operations) and a professor in our Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, has been selected among 77 of “the nation's most innovative, young engineering educators” to take part in the NAE's sixth Frontiers of Engineering Education (FOEE) symposium. Faculty members who are developing and implementing innovative educational approaches in a variety of engineering disciplines will come together for the two-and-a-half-day...

During the weekend of September 20 and 21, UMass Amherst Associate Professor Charles Schweik (environmental conservation and public policy) took a group of students to the international Maker Faire in New York City. The field trip is part of a larger collaborative effort between the UMass colleges of Natural Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Engineering, working in partnership with Amherst Media to conduct outreach in the Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools related to open science and “making.” This town-gown partnership was highlighted in a recent White House report on...

On Saturday, October 4, the UMass Amherst chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) held its seventh annual Sweat for Clean Water 5K Run/Walk fund-raising road race, with check-in time at 10:00 a.m. The race cost $15 to enter for individuals, and the starting line was located on the front lawn of Goodell Hall across from the Chapel. The 5K walk began at 10:30 a.m. and the 5K run at 11:00 a.m. There was a first-place prize of $50 each for the winning man and winning woman in the run and many more prizes. Free T-shirts were given to the first 100 online registrations, while sizes are on a...

On September 25 and 26, the College of Engineering received a visit from the Sun, which was connected, reflected, and redirected courtesy of an environmental and conceptual artist named Craig Colorusso and his amazing Sun Boxes. See UMass News Office video: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uumw7mEf-RM. Colorusso set up his 20 Sun Boxes in the College of Engineering quad, where they simultaneously collected the sun’s energy with their solar panels and emitted charming, evocative, mysterious music through their self-contained speakers....

The research on IT security of Christof Paar, adjunct professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was the object of a recent article by Mark Anderson in the September 3 edition of IEEE Spectrum. The article, titled “Vulnerable ‘Smart’ Devices Make an Internet of Insecure Things,” explains that there are good engineering, technological, and even cultural reasons why security of the so-called “Internet of Things” is a very hard problem. Among these many issues, says Paar, is that Internet security requires designers and engineers to...

Sophomore chemical engineering major Bryanna Dague is the exception which disproves the rule that all engineering majors must be grinds who do nothing but study. In fact, Bry literally recycled her cycling hobby into a professional internship at Sensata Technologies when she was only a freshman. During a long cycling trek around her Norton, Massachusetts, home, she began chatting about a possible internship with one of her workout partners, who happened to run the chemistry lab at Sensata. One thing led to another, and Bry earned more first-hand engineering experience by the end of her...

Senior civil engineering student Ryan Howell already knows what it’s like to venture into the world at large and solve real-world engineering problems. In January of 2014, Ryan put his engineering education to work in a big way as part of a seven-student team that traveled to Africa and created clean water, free from heavy metal contamination, for a rural community of several thousand people. Ryan and the other students all belong to the UMass Amherst chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), which sent them to Namawanga, Kenya, with their faculty advisor John Tobiason of the Civil and...

On Friday, September 26, the College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst held its fifth annual Outstanding Alumni Awards Celebration during Homecoming Weekend. The celebration included two events. The first was a Leadership Panel featuring award winners. The second was the Outstanding Alumni Awards and Reception, involving the presentation of College of Engineering Outstanding Senior and Junior Alumni Awards to eight individuals who, through exemplary accomplishments, epitomize the potential of an education at the UMass Amherst College of Engineering.

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