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Erin Baker – a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, the associate dean for the College of Engineering, the director of the UMass Wind Energy Fellows, and the faculty director of the Energy Transition Initiative – is one of five researchers from UMass Amherst who, as a team, have been selected to receive a one-year, $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) “10 Big Ideas for Future...

Government funding and support for clean energy technology give startup companies in that field an “innovation advantage,” according to a new paper and a policy brief published by lead author Anna Goldstein, a senior research fellow in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and director of the UMass Energy Transition Initiative. Goldstein and colleagues found that cleantech startups funded by the Department of Energy (DoE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) patented more than similar businesses with other sources of funding.

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Despite the pandemic, the year 2020 has proven to be an amazingly productive year for Jun Yao, an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department and an adjunct faculty member in the Biomedical Engineering Department. During 2020, his groundbreaking work on new biomaterials harvested from the humble microbe Geobacter has inspired articles in such renowned scientific journals as Nature, Nature Communications, and NanoResearch and subsequently stoked international media...

Raytheon Technologies has just released three interrelated videos of the storm-chasing research carried out by faculty and students of the Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory, or MIRSL, in collaboration with faculty and students from Purdue University while chasing tornadoes and severe thunderstorms throughout the Midwest and deploying a sophisticated Raytheon radar prototype unit known as Skyler. 

Watch the videos under the umbrella title of Radar Reimagined: Chasing the Storm;  ...

Researchers at the Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) contributed to a recent successful joint demonstration in Fort Worth, Texas, of an unmanned aircraft system by Bell Textron Inc. and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The CASA team provided an intuitive, integrated display to give remote pilots of the Bell Autonomous Pod Transport 70 (APT 70) enhanced weather risk awareness, including weather data from CASA’s X-band radar network, which is deployed in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. CASA was...

Professor Friederike Jentoft of the Chemical Engineering Department has been awarded a $550,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) Office of Science Financial Assistance Program to continue her groundbreaking work on acid catalyst design. Acid catalysis plays a key role in commercially established and emerging processes to produce chemicals and fuels by efficient transformation of petroleum- or biomass-...

Professor Emeritus David Pozar of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has received the 2020 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) Field Award for Distinguished Achievement. Pozar was selected by the AP-S “for significant contributions to the electromagnetic analysis, development, and design of microstrip phased arrays and reflectarrays, and for educational leadership and service to the electromagnetics community.”

The Field Award for Distinguished Achievement is the highest honor given by the AP-S...

Matthew Lackner, a professor in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and associate director of the UMass Wind Energy Center, is the principal investigator for a new program at UMass Amherst that was awarded two grants totaling $6.3 million from the National Science Foundation to ensure that transformation of the electric grid is sustainable and benefits all members of society equitably. See additional coverage from Channel 22...

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