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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.

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...

Yanfei Xu, an assistant professor in the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department and an adjunct assistant professor in the Chemical Engineering Department, is the lead author on a collaborative paper published in Composites Communications - Elsevier.

Professor Csaba Andras Moritz and his Ph.D. student Sourabh Kulkarni received some healthy publicity on their probabilistic artificial intelligence (AI) work for COVID-19 modeling, as funded by Facebook’s AI group. A paper from the UMass researchers demonstrated how essential COVID-19 modeling and analysis can be massively accelerated with emerging hardware.

The Electricity Growth and Use in Developing Economies (e-GUIDE) Initiative, a multi-university partnership led by Assistant Professor Jay Taneja of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, recently released a service for forecasting household electricity consumption in Kenya using satellite imagery.

Geek Tech online (“Everything about technology and gadgets”) has included a new device developed in the laboratories of Jun Yao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Derek Lovley of the Microbiology Department on its listing of “most interesting scientific discoveries of the year.”

Professor Ramakrishna Janaswamy of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department recently released his groundbreaking eBook, Engineering Electrodynamics: A collection of theorems, principles, and field representations, published by IOP Publishing (Institute of Physics).

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