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A research team from the University of Massachusetts Amherst has created an electronic microsystem that can intelligently respond to information inputs without any external energy input, much like a self-autonomous living organism. This is possible because the microsystem is constructed from a novel type of electronics that can process ultralow electronic signals and incorporates a novel device that can generate electricity “out of thin air” from the ambient environment.

Lixin Gao, University Distinguished Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, has been named the 2021–22 Katherine Hampson Bessell Fellow as part of the celebrated Harvard Radcliffe Institute fellowship program. Among 1,383 international applications, only 2.4 percent were accepted as fellows for the Radcliffe program.

In late April, UMass Alumna Amy Bunszel ('91 M.S.) of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department was honored by the National Diversity and Leadership Conference as one of its “2021 Top 50 Women in Tech.” As executive vice president of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Design Solutions at Autodesk, Bunszel manages product strategy and execution for the company’s 3D design portfolio, including the Autodesk Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Collection, AutoCAD family, Autodesk Revit, and more.

Undergraduate Patrick Thompson (ECE) has received a United States Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to undertake his second, intensive, all-expenses-paid, eight-week, Chinese language program abroad this summer. He is already fluent in Mandarin Chinese and aspires to work in the semiconductor industry in a career that requires frequent travel to Asia.