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Assistant Professor Shannon Roberts of our Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department has been selected by the UMass Amherst Center for Research on Families (CRF) for the 2018-2019 CRF Family Research Scholars Program, which will provide funding to release Roberts from teaching one of her courses over the next year, among other benefits. Roberts’ CRF proposal is entitled “Studying and Mitigating Socioeconomic Inequalities in Teenage Driving.”

Zlatan Aksamija, an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the principal investigator in the Nanoelectronics Theory and Simulation Lab (NET Lab), was recently quoted in a Science News story about why scientists are studying how 2-D materials such as graphene behave at high temperatures. In the February 13 edition of Science News, Aksamija said that commonly used silicon-based electronics are “hitting a brick wall” regarding how much smaller they can be manufactured, and that 2-D materials could be ideal for constructing the next generation of tiny devices.

The College welcomes Krish Thiagarajan – Professor, Endowed Chair in Renewable Energy, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department; Peter Beltramo – Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering Department; Tingyi “Leo” Liu – Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department; and Xian Du – Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department.

Krish Thiagarajan, the Endowed Chair in Renewable Energy in our Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, recently authored a welcome message from the division chair in the March 2018 Ocean Offshore & Arctic Engineering Newsbrief, published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Professor Thiagarajan, a Member of ASME, is the coordinator of the Ocean Renewable Energy Symposium as well the current Chair of the Ocean Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division. He leads the Ocean and Marine Engineering Group at UMass Amherst.
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Three teams featuring faculty and students from the College of Engineering were recently selected for inclusion in the Innovation Challenge Final on April 5, when $65,000 in seed money will be distributed. During the Semifinal on Wednesday, February 28, a panel of four judges listened to 12 student-led teams each give a five-minute pitch describing its venture and participate in a 10-minute Q&A session.

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Mechanical engineering alumna DeAnna Robear ’15, a partner enablement engineer at PTC, has been named as one of the 10 Pioneers 2018 by Connected World magazine. As Connected World describes this honor, the recipients are trailblazers, innovators, and pioneers representing “10 technology leaders under 40 who help pave the way for a more connected society.” Robear’s interest in industrial consumer products such as cars and airplanes evolved into a mechanical engineering degree and, eventually, a career in the Internet of Things, all fueled by a weekend wearable electronics tutorial offered by Professor David McLaughlin of our Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

An article co-authored by Zlatan Aksamija, an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department and the principal investigator in the Nanoelectronics Theory and Simulation Lab (NET Lab), was included in the 2017 highlights of the scientific journal Nanotechnology. As the journal described its prestigious highlights: “This collection includes outstanding articles and topical reviews published in the journal during 2017. These articles were selected on the basis of a range of criteria including referee endorsements, presentation of outstanding research, and popularity with our online readership.”

Pancreatic cancer remains one of the most deadly cancers in the world, with a five-year survival rate of only 8 percent. This high mortality rate is mainly due to a lack of early symptoms in patients and the absence of specific biomarkers and diagnostic platforms for early detection. Now Professors Yubing Sun and Byung Kim of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department have conducted a groundbreaking new study that demonstrates a novel system for multiplex detection of pancreatic biomarkers as an early warning diagnostic system for the initial stages of pancreatic cancer.

Daniel Holcomb of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department says, there is a burgeoning danger in how companies currently manage their semiconductor supply chains. “Supply-chain threats such as counterfeits and hardware Trojans can compromise reliability of integrated circuits and lead to unexpected or malicious functionalities embedded within them,” says Holcomb.  This growing national security threat explains why he was recently awarded a five-year, $596,160 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study supply-chain security for integrated circuits.

ECE Graduate student Natesh Ganesh will be one of 10 finalists presenting in the third annual Three Minute Thesis Competition on March 2, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., in the Campus Center Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

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