Professor Richard M. Palmer, the head of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and the university director of the Northeast Climate Science Center, was formally inducted as a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at its Celebration of Leaders Luncheon during the ASCE 2017 Convention, October 8-11, in New Orleans. Palmer was inducted “for his conceptual and practical contributions to applying structured decision analysis and participatory methods in managing conflict in water resources, including shared vision planning, and for methods addressing potential impacts of climate change in natural resource management.” See ASCE video in honor of Palmer’s induction »
Professors Jessica Schiffman and Sarah Perry of our Chemical Engineering Department have developed nanofiber fabrics that are green and non-toxic and can be used in medical, environmental, personal care, and food packaging applications, according to an article from the UMass News Office that recaps a story posted in July by the College of Engineering. The research is supported by a three-year, $338,180 grant from the National Science Foundation. See entire News Office Story: Chemical Engineers Develop Green, Non-Toxic Nanofiber Fabrics for a Wide Range of Uses.
On Friday, October 20, the College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will hold its eighth annual Outstanding Alumni Awards Celebration during Homecoming Weekend. The college’s celebration will be held in the Marriott Room on the 11th floor of the Campus Center at UMass Amherst. The Homecoming Reception & Awards Celebration will begin at 4:30 p.m. During the reception, the College of Engineering will present its 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.
Professors Qiangfei Xia and J. Joshua Yang of our Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department led a team of scientists who have developed a groundbreaking new type of hardware security device enabled by memristors, or resistive switching devices, as described in an article in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Communications. The title of the new article is “A Novel True Random Number Generator Based on a Stochastic Diffusive Memristor.” This work paves the way for memristors in hardware security applications for the era of the Internet of Things (IoT).
Professor Neal G. Anderson of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has been named the Terrence Murray Commonwealth Honors College Professor. The two-year award was approved through a competitive application process. The Murray Professorship supports distinguished faculty members in developing innovative courses and programs for students in the 3,800-member Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Amherst.
The UMass Transportation Center (UMTC), responsible for promoting transportation research, education, and training throughout the Commonwealth, is pleased to announce the opening of a new office location in the UMass Center at Springfield. The UMass Center, located in downtown Springfield, is a partnership between the University of Massachusetts and other area institutes of higher public education. The new office, which officially opened on September 1, provides a central location accessible to students at each school.
The research of Zlatan Aksamija, an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UMass Amherst, and his grad student Adithya Kommini was highlighted in the September 19 “news” section of the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC) website. The two researchers use computers at the MGHPCC to carry out nanomolecular materials modeling experiments exploring the thermoelectric behavior of materials for use in energy applications. See entire article
Alumnus Ivan Bercovich, the vice president of engineering at Graphiq Inc. and a graduate of our Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, is doing fascinating work at Graphiq, a company that provides solutions for search and data visualization. As the Graphiq website described its product: “Vivid, contextually-rich visualizations of the world's deepest knowledge graph. Graphiq's products put data into context for researchers, journalists, and enterprise. There are currently 10-billion graphic visualizations in the company’s library.”
This summer, senior Anwesh Yerneni of our Chemical Engineering Department completed a highly coveted internship at Tesla, Inc. in Palo Alto, California, in which he worked on several high-profile research projects aimed at improving Tesla’s automotive batteries, the key to the automaker’s groundbreaking electric cars. Yerneni served on Tesla’s Cell Engineering Team doing research based on the company’s own in-house chemical engineering.
Researchers at UMass Amherst College of Engineering are developing a multi-purpose radar system that can detect very small drone aircraft and also serve as a severe weather warning system for airports and urban settings. The project is funded with an 18-month, $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.