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The 2021 U.S. News & World Report “Best Graduate School” engineering rankings are out, and UMass Amherst Engineering rose two slots to #56 overall and remains the #31 public in the nation and #1 public in New England. 

There is international news coverage of a device that uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in the air, a device developed by Jun Yao of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and Derek Lovely of the Microbiology Department. So far, the breakthrough has been reported internationally in more than 45 media outlets, including: Science, The Science Times, The Engineer [U.K.], Market Insider, Popular Science, Cosmos, Environmental Journal, Digital Information World, The Weather Channel, Good News Network, EcoWatch, Phys.org, Nanowerk, The Naked Scientists [BBC], News Office release.

As reported in Nature, the laboratories of electrical engineer Jun Yao and microbiologist Derek Lovley at UMass Amherst have​ developed a device that uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in the air. “We are literally making electricity out of thin air,” says Yao. The device, called "Air-gen" generates clean energy 24/7.  It could have significant implications for the future of renewable energy, climate change and in the future of medicine.

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Professor Jianhua (Joshua) Yang of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has been chosen as one of the speakers in the UMass Amherst Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series, which celebrates the value of academic excellence and recognizes the distinguished achievements of faculty. Those chosen for the series also receive the Chancellor's Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon faculty by the UMass campus. The proposed topic for Professor Yang’s talk is “Towards a Brain-like Computer.”