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Matthew Lackner

Matthew Lackner

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...

Top row, l-r: Prabhani Atukorale, Siyuan Rao, Martin Hunter. Bottom row, l-r: Qianbin Wang, Mariana Lanzarini Lopes, Jessica Boakye

The Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department and the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department at UMass Amherst are adding a total of six new faculty members to the College of Engineering during the fall of 2020 and spring of 2021 semesters. The BME department is adding Assistant Professor Prabhani Atukorale (January 2021) and Assistant Professor Siyuan Rao (January 2021), as well as Lecturers Martin Hunter (September 2020) and Qianbin Wang (December 2020). The CEE department is adding Assistant Professor Mariana Lanzarini Lopes (January 2021) and Lecturer Jessica Boakye (...

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The University of Massachusetts Amherst bachelor’s degree programs in Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering have been re-accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology.  The new UMass Amherst Biomedical Engineering will seek its initial accreditation in 2022 subsequent to the first cohort of students graduating in the 2020-21...

Michael Knodler

Michael Knodler

Dr. Michael Knodler Jr. announced that the University of Massachusetts Traffic Safety Research Program (UMassSafe) has recently been awarded four momentous new research projects, all related to traffic safety and totaling nearly $790,000 in funding. Knodler is the UMassSafe principal investigator and the director of the University of Massachusetts Transportation Center, which houses UMassSafe.

“Together, these grants have the...

Frank Sup (left) and Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi (right)

Frank Sup (l) & Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi (r)

Principal Investigator Frank Sup and Co-Principal Investigator Yahya Modarres-Sadeghi of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have been awarded a three-year, $749,043 grant (Award number: 2024409) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) National Robotics Initiative to study a pioneering “Underwater Robot Gait Training System.” The system is a robotic method for “natural and unconstrained gait training...

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...

Simos Gerasimidis & Sergio Breña

Simos Gerasimidis & Sergio Breña

According to recent estimates, more than 50,000 bridges in the U.S. are characterized as “structurally deficient.” As part of the solution to such widespread bridge deterioration in New England, Professors Simos Gerasimidis and Sergio Breña of the UMass Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department have received...

Amir Arbabi

Amir Arbabi

Assistant Professor Amir Arbabi and his Post Doctoral Research Associate Andrew McClung of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department have received a Manning/Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) Award from the UMass Applied Proof-of-Concept Seed Fund Program. The main objective of the funded project is to demonstrate prototypes of a solid-state, low-cost, miniature lidar system with high resolution, low power consumption, and large field-of-view. Such lidar systems are highly desirable for multiple applications,...

Neil St. John Forbes

Neil St. John Forbes

Professor Neil St. John Forbes of the Chemical Engineering Department will receive a Manning-Institute for Applied Life Sciences Award (IALS) from the UMass Applied Proof-of-Concept Seed Fund Program. The grant will help the Forbes start-up company, Ernest Pharmaceuticals, to develop a bacterial intracellular delivery platform (BacID) to target therapeutic drugs specifically and directly into Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells, which represent the third-leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. One benefit of this...

Jae-Hwang Lee

Jae-Hwang Lee

Associate Professor Jae-Hwang Lee of the University of Massachusetts Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and his graduate students currently have simultaneous cover articles appearing in two major scientific journals. One journal is the American Chemical Society’s Applied Nano Materials and the second is Soft Matter, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. As Lee says about the research described in both cover papers, “We were funded by the Department of Defense (the Army for one paper and the...

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