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Alumnus Charles Jacco, who graduated from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in 2002, has been named by the IT Services Report on its list of Top 25 Cybersecurity IT Executives for 2020. Jacco is a Principal / Partner at KPMG, and currently serves as the Americas Cyber Security Leader, US Cyber Defense Leader, and Global Financial Services Cyber Security Leader.

Professors Erin Baker and Matthew Lackner (MIE) write in The Conversation about the future of offshore wind turbines in the U.S. following the Biden administration’s announced goal to accelerate the review process and provide more funding for projects. 

Senior Research Fellow Anna Goldstein of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department is quoted liberally by writer Cathleen O’Grady in her Science article about efforts by the United Kingdom’s government to replicate the United States’ Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), now known as DARPA because of its specialization in defense-related research.

The College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst continues its climb in the annual U.S. News & World Report listing of “Best Graduate Engineering Schools” placing No. 54 nationally, a rise of two spots.  Among public engineering institutions, the college has entered the top 30, advancing three places to No. 28, and remains the the top public engineering program in New England.

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 a Sony Faculty Innovation Award of $100,000.

 

A team of researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, led by MIE's Jinglei Ping, have developed the thinnest and most sensitive flow sensor, which could have significant implications for medical research and applications, according to new research published recently in Nature Communications.

Chemical Engineering (ChE) Assistant Professor Jungwoo Lee, an adjunct of the Biomedical Engineering Department, leads a multidisciplinary team of researchers at the UMass Institute for Applied Life Sciences that has developed a technique to replicate bone tissue complexity and bone remodeling processes.

Dr. Guangyu Xu and Dr. Simos Gerasimidis of the UMass Amherst College of Engineering have just received awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, among the most prestigious grants that the NSF offers. Both awards are in the approximate range of $500,000.

Jaydeep Radadiya, an undergraduate in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, was one of two College of Engineering undergraduate students chosen to be “Rising Researchers,” as designated by the UMass website Research Next. The award recognizes exceptional accomplishments of UMass Amherst undergraduate students who excel in research, scholarship, and creative activity. The other Rising Researcher from engineering was Chemical Engineering major Joshua McGee, covered in a separate article.

Joshua McGee, a senior in the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department and a member of the UMass Integrated Concentration in Science Program and the Commonwealth Honors College, was one of two College of Engineering undergraduate students chosen as “Rising Researchers,” as designated by the UMass website Research/Next. As McGee’s faculty research advisor, ChE Professor Sarah Perry, noted in her nomination letter for McGee, “Josh is one of the best students that I have worked with.”

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