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Despite the pandemic, the year 2020 has proven to be an amazingly productive year for Jun Yao, an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department and an adjunct faculty member in the Biomedical Engineering Department.

Raytheon Technologies has just released three interrelated videos of the storm-chasing research carried out by faculty and students of the Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory, in collaboration with faculty and students from Purdue University while chasing tornadoes and severe thunderstorms throughout the Midwest and deploying a sophisticated Raytheon radar prototype unit known as Skyler.

Researchers at the Engineering Research Center for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) contributed to a recent successful joint demonstration in Fort Worth, Texas, of an unmanned aircraft system by Bell Textron Inc. and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Maintaining our ABET accreditation reaffirms the quality and impact of a UMass Amherst engineering education.  ABET accreditation assures that programs meet standards to produce graduates ready to enter critical technical fields that are leading the way in innovation and emerging technologies, and anticipating the welfare and safety needs of the public.

Professor Emeritus David Pozar of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department has received the 2020 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) Field Award for Distinguished Achievement. Pozar was selected by the AP-S “for significant contributions to the electromagnetic analysis, development, and design of microstrip phased arrays and reflectarrays, and for educational leadership and service to the electromagnetics community.”

UMass ADVANCE has announced the 2020-2021 cohort of ADVANCE Faculty Fellows, and it includes five engineering faculty — one from each department.

 

Jun Yao, an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and an adjunct professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department at UMass Amherst, is the principal investigator on a very significant, $1,474,272 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Yao’s project is developing ultra-low-power electronic components and systems for signal retrieval, processing, and storage with power consumption similar to biological systems in living organisms, which require much less power than currently available in electronics manufactured by humans.

College of Engineering Dean Sanjay Raman has announced that faculty members Joseph BardinSong GaoCarlton L. Ho, P.E.Matthew A. LacknerJenna MarquardYahya Modarres-SadeghiHossein Pishro-NikAshwin Ramasubramaniam, and Michael Zink have all been promoted to Full Professor.

The NSF has awarded Principal Investigator Michale Zink (ECE) a two-year, $750,000 grant to develop new architectures and tools for the safe, efficient, and economic operation of drones - a vital project called FlyNet.

Jacob Lauzier, an alumnus of the UMass Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, has been named to Business West’s list of Top 40 Professionals Under 40. Lauzier, aged 35, is the co-founder and chief technical officer of the MachineMetrics company, which he helped to develop as a successful startup company, beginning in 2014, and has grown to employ more than 50 people.

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