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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...

Jun Yao, an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and an adjunct professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department, is the principal investigator for the interdisciplinary team of researchers who received the 2020 Armstrong Fund for Science Award from UMass Amherst. Yao and co-principal-investigator Derek Lovley, a UMass professor of microbiology, are developing a device that uses a...

Liquid meltwater can sometimes flow deep below the Greenland Ice Sheet in winter, not just in the summer, according to work published on April 9 in the American Geophysical Union journal Geophysical Research Letters by Dr. Colin J. Gleason of the UMass Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department and his colleague Dr. Lincoln Pitcher at the University of Colorado Boulder.

As Gleason said about his CEE research...

Associate Professor Joseph Bardin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has been selected to receive the 2020 Outstanding Young Engineer Award (see link here) from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S). “This award recognizes an outstanding young MTT-S member who has distinguished himself/herself through a sequence of achievements which may be technical (within the MTT-S...

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