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Assistant Professor Siyuan Rao of the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department is currently working on a prestigious, three-year, $747,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to support her groundbreaking research on the neural circuitry mechanism of autism spectrum disorders.

The grant is the second phase (beginning in April of 2021) of an NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00). The first phase (K99), completed in December of 2020, supported Rao’s postdoctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of...

Jim Lagrant, a senior lecturer and Professor of Practice in Manufacturing in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, has received a $19,967 Faculty Research Grant, as provided by the Healy Endowment, from the UMass Research and Engagement Office. The grant will support Lagrant’s project that he says will develop a student-designed, adaptable process for smart manufacturing, which will have a broad impact on our engineering education and “prepare our students for the fourth industrial revolution.”

“The goal...

Nianqiang “Nick” Wu, the Armstrong/Siadat Endowed Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is the principal investigator on a $3.4-million grant from the National Institutes of Health to support his creation of a portable optical sensor system for assisting in the diagnosis of traumatic brain injuries, which impact some 27-million people worldwide each year. Wu’s new testing system could be used in the field – at the scene of an accident or injury – and would take only minutes to...

Assistant Professor Jeremy Gummeson of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department was a guest on BYURadio’s “Top of Mind” program exploring the concept of the human wrist serving as the charging dock for wireless wearable devices. Gummeson is part of a UMass Amherst team that has designed a prototype...

Professor Paul Siqueira of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department was recently quoted by business columnist David Lazarus in the Los Angeles Times exploring the new 60 GHz radar technology called “Soli” developed by Google and deployed by Amazon for tracking sleep patterns. In reference to the potential danger of sleeping next to such a radar, Siqueira said “Even though you might spend a lot of time next...

Govind Srimathveeravalli, an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department and an adjunct professor in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has received a $1,366,330 grant over four years from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to pursue a revolutionary technique for tissue-engineering grafts for bladder reconstruction. Such reconstructive surgery is essential to...

Assistant Professor Jeremy Gummeson and his Ph.D. student Noor Mohammed, both of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, are members of a UMass Amherst team that has designed a charge-free, wearable device called “Shazam,” which uses the skin of the human body to charge smartwatches and other wearable devices. See Industrial Equipment News,...

In their recent article in The Conversation, Professors Erin Baker and Matthew Lackner of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department wrote that the U.S. government’s approval of the country’s first big offshore wind farm, to be located near Martha’s Vineyard, is a breakthrough for the industry. Baker and Lackner are both faculty with the Wind Energy Center at UMass Amherst.

As Baker and Lackner...

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