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MIRSL Deploys Radars for VORTEX2

Electrical and computer engineers from the Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory (MIRSL) are currently spending 15 hours per day scouring Oklahoma and the Great Plains in their two truck-mounted mobile Doppler radar systems as part of the largest, most ambitious study ever launched to figure out how tornadoes form and predict them more accurately. Overall goals of the national project, known as the Verification of the Origins of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment 2, or VORTEX2, include giving people earlier warning of severe weather and reducing the number of false positive warnings issued.

ITE Student Chapter Named Traffic Bowl Champions

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Student Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers took home the top prize at the 2010 Northeastern District 1 Traffic Bowl. The 'Jeopardy' style competition was held on April 7 at the sixth annual Transportation Student Research Symposium on the University of Connecticut campus. UMass Amherst was represented by transportation engineering graduate students Steven Tupper, Deanna Peabody, and Samuel Gregorio, as well as alternates Katrina Hecimovic and Radha Gomez.

Schaubert Selected as Distinguished Illini Alumnus

Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Emeritus Dan Schaubert, director of the Center for Advanced Sensor and Communication Antennas (CASCA), has  been selected by the Alumni Board of Directors of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Alumni Association at the University of Illinois as one of six recipients for its 2010 Distinguished Alumni Awards. This selection was made in recognition of his outstanding achievements to his profession and for his long-standing loyal support of that department.

Huber Covered in Technology Review

Nationally recognized “green gasoline” researcher George Huber, the John and Elizabeth Armstrong Professional Development Professor from the Chemical Engineering Department at UMass Amherst, was featured in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s prestigious magazine, Technology Review, on March 29, when writer Katherin Bourzac focused on Huber’s startup company, Anellotech. Last August, UMass Amherst granted the New York City based Anellotech exclusive global rights to the university’s catalytic fast pyrolysis technology, developed by Huber for producing clean, green “grassoline.”

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