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The research of Professor Joseph Bardin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department is one of three projects featured in an IEEE Spectrum article, titled “Three Frosty Innovations for Better Quantum Computers,” which examines the potential benefits of cryogenically freezing quantum computers.

Professors Sanjay R. Arwade and Kara Peterman from Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) have been selected as the 2020-21 College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award winners. This prestigious award, sponsored by the college and the Center for Teaching and Learning, recognizes excellence in teaching as a UMass faculty member. The selections were made by a committee of faculty and staff representing all five departments in the college.

rStream Recycling, a startup company co-founded by undergrads Ian Goodine and Ethan Walko of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department, is one of the five projects selected to compete in the $60,000 Innovation Challenge Final on April 7.

Associate Professor Mike Zink of the Electrical and Computing Engineering Department and Professor Ramesh Sitaraman of the College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) at UMass Amherst, along with Joonsup Park of the University of Texas at Tyler and Mingyuan Wu, Eric Lee, Bo Chen, and Klara Nahrstedt of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), recently received a best paper award from the IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia (ISM) for their work, “SEAWARE: Semantic Aware View Prediction System for 360-degree Video Streaming.” 

A robotic fish, designed and built in the Fluid-Structure Interactions Lab of Mechanical Engineering Professor Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi and modeled after the Northern Pike, mimics the fast-start response of the fastest live fish measured so far, accelerating at values of up to 20g. No other robotic fish has achieved such acceleration.

Sundar Krishnamurty – a professor and the department head of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE), the Isenberg Distinguished Professor in Engineering, and the director of the Center for e-Design – recently received a VentureWell Faculty Grant of $30,000. This funding will support the creation of a new course that teaches innovation and entrepreneurship from the viewpoint of understanding disability.

Junior Sarah Widrow of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department is the recent recipient of two significant awards: a Women’s Transportation Seminar / Rhode Island Undergraduate Scholarship of $1,000; and a Safety Research Using Simulation University Transportation Center (SAFER-SIM) Excellence Award for Undergraduates.

Dr. Emily Kumpel, an assistant professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, and co-PIs Drs. David Reckhow and Casey Brown of the CEE department, have received a $50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Civic Innovation Challenge Program. The goal of Kumpel’s NSF planning project is to support pioneering tools for the inspection and monitoring of small water systems and to ensure their continuity of operations during and after emergencies.

A research team led by Tongping Liu (ECE) has designed and implemented a novel tool that could automatically diagnose software issues within seconds. This tool is expected to put an end to hard-to-debug issues, especially for software running in deploy environments.

Mahidhar Sai Lakkavaram, a freshman Chemical Engineering (ChE) major and member of the Commonwealth Honors College, is already leaving a permanent mark on UMass Amherst and the College of Engineering as what the Italian Renaissance called the “Uomo Universale,” or “a man who can do all things if he will.”

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