Michael Zink and David Irwin of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department recently received a three-year, $390,000, National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to help create a new instrument for the national research community known as a “cloud laboratory.” Dubbed CloudLab, it will among other things allow scientists to run huge or very complex experiments on an enormous and flexible new shared network of reliable, secure, and fast computers. CloudLab will consist of 5,000 linked cores, or computers, that will be free for research and classroom use and should be up and running by the spring of 2015. See coverage in, Electronic Component News magazine, and the UMass Amherst News Office release. More information:

The Nanoscale Computing Fabrics Lab of Professor Andras Moritz from the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has won the Best Paper Award, for the third time in the past four years, at the IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Nanoscale Architectures (NANOARCH). The winning paper, entitled "Wave-based Multi-valued Computation Framework," was written and presented by Santosh Khasanvis, with co-authors Mostafizur Rahman, Sankara Narayanan Rajapandian, and Moritz. As ECE Department Head Christopher Hollot noted, “That’s impressive given that NANOARCH is the leading conference on novel post-CMOS nanocomputing and is a testament to the cutting-edge research that Professor Moritz’s lab conducts.”

As part of a news story for EE Times, Cheryl Brooks, director of career and student development at the College of Engineering, said more companies, both large and small, are recruiting our students. “We hosted more companies for recruiting and posted more jobs this year than last year,” says Brooks. “A wide range of companies recruited here this year, from large firms like ExxonMobil, Cisco, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon, and Google to smaller startup companies like HubSpot and Localytics.” The story reported that students graduating this year with engineering degrees are entering a strong job market. Engineering majors historically tend to have less trouble finding jobs in their chosen field than their counterparts with liberal arts degrees. But during the recent recession, engineering schools saw larger numbers of students choosing to wait it out and go to grad school.