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Qiangfei Xia, professor of electrical and computer engineering, was recently awarded anapproximately $1.1 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a camera with a very high dynamic range and no motion blur.

 

Ogechi Vivian Nwadiaru, a PhD student in industrial engineering and operations research and a fellow in the Elevating Equity Values in the Transition of the Energy System (ELEVATE) program, hopes to play a substantial role in shaping this new global renewable energy system for the better.

This past summer, six undergraduate civil engineering students had the extraordinary opportunity to organize and manage their own research trip to the Arctic as part of UMass Amherst’s Integrating Geoscience & Engineering in the Arctic (IGEA) program.

Chengbo Ai, an assistant professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, recently received an Acorn Innovation Grant to support the development of his low-cost light detection and ranging (LiDAR) sensor technology designed to monitor the wheelchair accessibility of sidewalks.

A press conference by U.S. and Massachusetts officials at the UMass Amherst Water and Energy Testing (WET) Facility in mid-December emphasized the crucial role that this organization is playing in identifying and eliminating so-called “Forever Chemicals” as dangerous toxins in water systems throughout the Commonwealth. 

An interdisciplinary team of UMass Amherst researchers, led by chemical engineering professor Wei Fan and chemistry professor Scott Auerbach, had their recently published article chosen as a “hot” article in the journal Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. 

Electrical and computer engineering postdoctoral researcher Andrew McClung is one of several researchers who have created a gear-shaped photonic crystal microring that increases the strength of light-matter interactions without sacrificing optical quality. 

Sarah Perry and Shelly Peyton, both of chemical engineering, are co-principal investigators of a UMass research team that will spend the next three years developing a process that can deliver the quantity and quality of messenger RNA (mRNA) demanded by a new class of medicines.

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