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A team at UMass Amherst reports developing a bioelectronic-ammonia-gas sensor that is among the most sensitive ever made. The sensor, created by Biomedical Engineering Department doctoral student Alexander Smith (first author) with his advisor Jun Yao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Derek Lovely of the Microbiology Department, uses electric-charge-conducting protein nanowires derived from the bacterium Geobacter to provide biomaterials for electrical devices.

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A team of academic and industry experts, including The Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) in the College of Engineering, is collaborating with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on a project aimed at controlling low-flying manned and unmanned aircraft over cities in the U.S. in the next decade. The CASA team is one of 11 selected to work with NASA on its Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign. CASA will lead the design and...

Jun Yao, an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and an adjunct professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department, is the principal investigator for the interdisciplinary team of researchers who received the 2020 Armstrong Fund for Science Award from UMass Amherst. Yao and co-principal-investigator Derek Lovley, a UMass professor of microbiology, are developing a device that uses a...

Liquid meltwater can sometimes flow deep below the Greenland Ice Sheet in winter, not just in the summer, according to work published on April 9 in the American Geophysical Union journal Geophysical Research Letters by Dr. Colin J. Gleason of the UMass Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department and his colleague Dr. Lincoln Pitcher at the University of Colorado Boulder.

As Gleason said about his CEE research...

Associate Professor Joseph Bardin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has been selected to receive the 2020 Outstanding Young Engineer Award (see link here) from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S). “This award recognizes an outstanding young MTT-S member who has distinguished himself/herself through a sequence of achievements which may be technical (within the MTT-S...

Assistant Professor Govind Srimathveeravalli of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department has received a $603,550 grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) to study how to redeploy macrophages to effect sustained and robust anti-tumor response in patients with bladder cancer. “The idea is to use macrophages, which are typically cells involved in housekeeping and wound healing, as a new avenue to immunotherapy of early stage and localized cancers,” says Srimathveeravalli. The project’s co-principal...

Professor Jonathan Rothstein of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department is part of a multi-institutional research team that is developing a new collection system for COVID-19 testing that the researchers said “can overcome the bottleneck that currently hampered the testing for COVID-19 around the world.” The team, led by researchers at UCLA, has received $150,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation’s Grants for Rapid Response Research (RAPID). Rothstein explained that the essential principle of the new test is that it is “like...

Co-principal-investigator (co-PI) Michael Zink and Senior Research Scientist Eric Lyons of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department were key members of the multi-disciplinary team from UMass Amherst and three other institutions that created the Dynamic Network-Centric Multi-Cloud Platform, or DyNamo, a weather-forecasting device which won two awards at the inaugural SCinet...

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