An event initiated last year by the Institute for Cellular Engineering (ICE) has mushroomed this summer into a campus-wide career exploration forum for graduate students and post-docs. “The First Five Years: What to Expect?” was held on Wednesday, July 13, in the Integrated Sciences Building on campus. “Are you hoping to start your career on the right path?” the program's poster asked. “Gain valuable insights from accomplished industrial and academic professionals, as they reflect upon their early career experiences.”
On July 11, Bloomberg Businessweek listed Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department alums Scot Chisholm ’04 and Pat Walsh ’03 on its exclusive list of America's Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs 2011. The two alumni co-founded StayClassy, a social fundraising company, in 2006. “StayClassy is a cloud-based platform for nonprofits to fundraise and manage their business online,” CMO Walsh has said about the company, which was voted one of the top three startup companies last year at the 12th annual MIT Venture Capital Company conference.
Tilman Wolf of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and two of his graduate students, Ph.D. candidate Y. Sinan Hanay and recent M.S. graduate Abhishek Dwaraki, received the Best Paper Award at the 12th annual Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers International Conference on High Performance Switching and Routing (IEEE HPSR). The title of their paper was "High-Performance Implementation of In-Network Traffic Pacing" and was one of 46 papers presented at the conference.
A class of graduate engineering students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is collaborating with a local inventor to reinvent the very nuts and bolts that hold together the machinery of modern life. This cooperative project is developing a brand new kind of “wave thread,” which could transform the strength, performance, and sealing ability of nuts, bolts, pipes, containers, valves, and other types of “fastener” products.
Prasad Shabadi, a graduate student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, won the Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Nanoscale Architectures 2011 in San Diego, California, with a paper entitled “Spin Wave Functions Nanofabric Update.” The article describes research on “a better, game-changing way to improve system-level performance” of computer devices “based on non-equilibrium physical phenomena and wave interactions, e.g., spin waves.”
Team ZoomMass overcame blustery winds, severe thunderstorms, and overwhelming odds to finish with a gritty, Rocky-like performance, beaten up but upbeat, at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Supermileage Competition in Michigan. “When we got on the track the wind was howling,” says Jonathan Rothstein, the team’s faculty advisor. “It was so bad it blew the windshield off the car, which promptly got stuck in the front wheel, causing the car to spin around and the front wheel to shear off as it slid sideways. It took us half the day to put the car back together and persevere through a number of other problems, like flat tires and thunderstorms.”
Professor Lixin Gao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has won the "SIGMETRICS Test of Time Award," which recognizes an influential performance evaluation paper whose impact is still felt 10-12 years after its initial publication. In 2000, Gao collaborated with Jennifer Rexford to write the winning paper: "Stable Internet Routing without Global Coordination."
Pritish Narayanan, a graduate student working with Professor Andras Moritz in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, won the Outstanding Poster Award at the FENA/MSD Annual Review at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in May. Narayanan’s poster was entitled “Integration of Cross-wire NASIC Systems – Crosscutting Issues.” The research described in Narayanan’s award-winning poster is being carried out by himself, Professor Moritz, Pavan Panchapakeshan, Santosh Khasanvis, and Mostafizur Rahman.
On June 27 through June 29, UMass Amherst hosted the 2011 National Conference on Engineering & Ecohydrology for Fish Passage, or Fish Passage 2011. Some 300 people attended the conference from all over the country, and a few from Europe. The objective of the conference was to bring together fisheries experts, biologists, ecologists, engineers, and policy makers to examine the problems, challenges, and technological solutions for managing the wildlife species in the country’s rivers.
Briana Tomboulian, a graduate student whose advisor is Professor Robert Hyers in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, has been awarded a highly prestigious fellowship from NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist. The NASA 2011 Space Technology Research Fellowship is valued at as much as $66,000 per year for up to four years. The fellowship supports a stipend for the student and the student’s laboratory work, health insurance, tuition, fees, and an extended visit to a NASA center to work on the project.