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Emily Hennessy, a transportation engineering PhD student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, has been awarded her second Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Hennessy will receive $10,000 from the program to support her research on “Assessing Equity through Accessibility” in pedestrian walkways.

Working with her advisor, Assistant Professor Chengbo Ai of the CEE department, Hennessy will pursue research to improve pedestrian safety,...

“Fake news” has become one of the most loaded terms on the internet, used for everything from swaying elections to undermining public trust. So, what if we could use artificial intelligence (AI) and various computer detection models to identify fake news automatically by examining such factors as certain key words, punctuation marks, headlines, and the websites linked to articles? That’s the purpose of groundbreaking research being conducted by Professor Sandip Kundu of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

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A new summer undergraduate research experience at UMass Amherst will give ten undergraduate students training in how to create advanced materials and how to use these materials to tackle crucial challenges in biology.

The new program, MURALS (Materials-focused Undergraduate Research Applied to the Life Sciences), will be led by Shelly Peyton, the Armstrong Professional Development Professor in the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department and an adjunct professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department.

Participating MURALS undergraduate students will get hands-on...

A multi-institutional team led by University of Massachusetts professor Paul Siqueira, electrical and computer engineering (ECE), has been awarded a three-year, $4.5 million NASA contract to develop an airborne microwave sensing instrument capable of characterizing the depth and density of North American snowpack with unprecedented accuracy.

Siqueira, who is co-director of the Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory, and Russell Tessier, senior associate dean for the College of Engineering and professor of ECE, will work...

College of Engineering faculty and students were part of the UMass Amherst research team that developed Sundown, a computer model for residential solar fault detection featured in a recent article in PV Magazine

Residential-scale solar systems lack sensing and instrumentation for performance monitoring and fault detection, as do larger utility-scale arrays, so these smaller solar arrays can often experience costly faults that go undetected for long periods. SunDown detects and classifies per...

Two visionary financial gifts have provided a strong foundation for University of Massachusetts Amherst nurses and engineers to collaborate and lead transformational change in patient care, nursing practice and medical product development.

In May, Michael ’76 and Theresa (Murphy) ’77 Hluchyj, longtime supporters of both the College of Engineering and the College of Nursing, committed $1 million in seed funding for a collaborative center. Building on their prior philanthropy devoted to graduate fellowships, their vision was to help foster partnerships between the two disciplines...

Many of us don't give much thought to our wastewater after we flush the toilet, let alone contemplate what it could teach us about mitigating the spread of infectious viruses and helping maintain public health. But this is the exact question Caitlyn Butler and her research team have been investigating since the spring of 2020, specifically around SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19).

Butler, an associate professor in civil and environmental engineering, has spent the last fifteen months running a research team that monitors the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in the wastewater...

Dongmei Feng (CEE) has, for the first time, assimilated satellite information into on-site river measurements and hydrologic models to calculate the past 35 years of river discharge in the entire pan-Arctic region. The research reveals, with unprecedented accuracy, that the acceleration of water pouring into the Arctic Ocean could be three times higher than previously thought. 

The publicly available study, published recently in “Nature Communications,” is the result of three years of intensive work by Feng, the first and corresponding author on the paper. The unprecedented...

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