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Assistant Professor Jae-Hwang Lee of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department is the principal investigator for UMass Amherst on a three-year, $700,000 project, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), to develop pioneering high-performance materials required by many of the world’s most significant industries. Lee is collaborating on the NSF project with Rutgers University principal investigator Professor Jonathan Singer and co-principal investigator Assimina Pelegri.

The UMass portion of the NSF...

Erin Baker – a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, an associate dean in the College of Engineering, and director of the Wind Energy Fellows – was recently the subject of a May 4 article in the newsletter of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN). The WUN article focused on a project led by Baker researching “Sustainability and Electricity Access in Developing Countries...

Dr. Colin J. Gleason of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department has won a $930,000 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to study changing glaciers, rivers, and human water management in Nepal. Gleason is doing the research in cooperation with CEE Professors Dr. Casey Brown and Dr. Konstantinos Andreadis of UMass Amherst and Geology Professor Leigh Stearns...

Assistant Professor Dr. Emily Kumpel of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department has received a two-year, $143,872 grant from the Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF) to compare the human, environmental, and economic impacts of various drinking-water treatment systems in smaller communities throughout the United States. Kumpel’s WQRF research will specifically compare larger, more centralized water-treatment systems versus smaller, more...

Professor Wayne Burleson of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department coauthored an pioneering new report, titled Grand Challenges for Embedded Security Research in a Connected World, resulting from a forward-looking workshop on Leadership in Embedded Security, as sponsored by the ...

Dr. Colin J. Gleason (Principal Investigator) of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and Dr. Jay Taneja of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have received a four-year, $779,966 grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). “The gist,” explains Taneja, “is that we are building a software system that will enable hydrologists to improve estimates of water discharge from nearly every...

A team at UMass Amherst reports developing a bioelectronic-ammonia-gas sensor that is among the most sensitive ever made. The sensor, created by Biomedical Engineering Department doctoral student Alexander Smith (first author) with his advisor Jun Yao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Derek Lovely of the Microbiology Department, uses electric-charge-conducting protein nanowires derived from the bacterium Geobacter to provide biomaterials for electrical devices.

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A team of academic and industry experts, including The Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) in the College of Engineering, is collaborating with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on a project aimed at controlling low-flying manned and unmanned aircraft over cities in the U.S. in the next decade. The CASA team is one of 11 selected to work with NASA on its Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign. CASA will lead the design and...

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